The Michael C. Carlos Museum, established in 1876, has grown to become one of the Southeast's premier art museums with major collections of Classical, Ancient Egyptian, Near Eastern, Ancient American, African, and Asian art, as well as a collection of works on paper from the Renaissance to the present. The Museum operates a teaching laboratory and conservation center, publishes important scholarly catalogues, and develops highly- regarded educational programs for the University and community. The Museum serves as a portal where the University and the community meet, physically and intellectually.
Their vision is to be an international destination for scholars, students, and visitors seeking to study the art and history of world cultures. The Museum will hold collections led by world-renowned curators comparable to peer university museums in order to bolster Emory’s teaching and research and enrich the Atlanta and tourist communities; stand as one of the region's premier centers for the conservation and preservation of material culture; create expanded and enhanced facilities to accommodate special exhibitions, larger permanent collections, and more visitors; and provide the highest quality cultural and educational programming for the city and region, serving the University, the community, and area schools and teachers, with access to scholarship and resources.