Most of my local friends know this list of Atlanta museums well, but if you are new to town or here on vacation, we welcome you! We hope this list of amazing museums in Atlanta helps you navigate our city with your family, enjoying our unique and educational attractions that will bring a smile to your kids’ faces! Oh – and they’re can’t-miss for adults, too! Hey locals – did we miss your favorite? Let us know!
40+ Fascinating Atlanta Museums Your Family Will Adore
Intown Atlanta Museums
The Atlanta History Center is a history museum and research center located in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, Georgia. The Museum was founded in 1926, and currently consists of six permanent (including one of the best Civil War exhibits in the country), and several temporary exhibitions. Be sure to visit for their many kid-friendly special events.
The Atlanta History Center also operates the Margaret Mitchell House in Midtown, where Mitchell wrote the book Gone with the Wind. Address: West Paces Ferry Road Northwest, Atlanta, GA, United States
The Center for Puppetry Arts is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to the art form of puppetry. The Center focuses on three areas: performance, education and a museum. It is one of the few puppet museums in the world. And least you think puppetry is only for kids, check out their adult events too. Address: Spring Street Northwest, Atlanta, GA, United States
The Children’s Museum of Atlanta went through a major redesign in 2016. The Museum is located Downtown, adjacent to Centennial Olympic Park and focuses on teaching through play. Of all the museums in Atlanta, this one is specifically geared toward kids 12 and under. Address: Children’s Museum Atlanta, 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW, Atlanta, GA, United States 30313
The College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience is the ultimate in tailgate fun. Located in Downtown Atlanta, it’s a favorite destination when there is a football game at Mercedes Benz stadium. This is a very interactive museum and includes a turf field where you can throw and kick. Plus no matter what college team you root for, you’ll find lots of cool facts presented in an interactive way. Address: 250 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313 DISCOUNT TICKETS HERE
It’s a dinosaur museum, a place to explore Georgia’s history, a home to several DeSoto artifacts, a great place for a date (Martini’s and IMAX,) with lots of hands-on science explorations. Fernbank Museum is one of our favorite museums in Atlanta for kids too. The Fernbank Forest is a fabulous place to play outside, and Fernbank Quest is the perfect indoor playground. Address: 767 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA
The Georgia Aquarium is a favorite for visitors and locals alike. It houses thousands of animals, representing several thousand species. In addition to being a fun place to visit for a day trip, you will also want to check out the Aquarium’s special programming. We LOVED swimming with the whale sharks and getting up close and personal with Cruz, the sea otter. Did you know you can even spend the night at the Aquarium? Yup. You can also have a pretty special date night watching the belugas with the Atlanta Symphony playing over the speakers – it’s sets a very romantic mood. Address: 225 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA, United States 30310
The High Museum of Art is the leading art museum in the Southeastern United States. Located on Peachtree Street in Midtown, the city’s arts district, the High Museum Atlanta is a division of the Woodruff Arts Center. In addition to contemporary art exhibits, the High also has some amazing traveling exhibits. Kids love the interactive Green Family Gallery, and programs like Second Sunday. Wouldn’t it be fun to have a date night at a cool Atlanta art museum? Leave the kids at home and go to Friday Night Jazz, one of the most unique date night ideas in the city. Address: High Museum Atlanta, Peachtree Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA, United States
The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site consists of several buildings including King’s boyhood home and the original Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church where King was baptized and both his children. Kids can ask for the free trading cards and Junior Ranger packets at the front desk, both are free. If you are touring Black History museums, this is a must stop. Address: 450 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
The Michael C. Carlos Museum is one of several art museums in Atlanta. It is located on the historic quadrangle of Emory University’s main campus. This is the museum to visit for mummy’s and Egyptian artifacts. After visiting here, take a short hike along the easy Lullwater Creek Trail also located on the Emory Campus. Address: South Kilgo Circle Northeast, Atlanta, GA, United States
The Museum of Design Atlanta is a design museum located at 1315 Peachtree Street in Midtown, right across from the High Museum of Art. MODA is the only museum in the Southeast devoted exclusively to the study and celebration of all things design. They have some really fun kids and adult programs as this Atlanta Museum. Address: 1315 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
The Center for Civil and Human Rights is a museum in Atlanta dedicated to the achievements of both the civil rights movement in the United States and the broader worldwide human rights movement. This is the only museum I’ve been to that had tissues out for guest. It’s that moving. The highlight of the Civil Rights Museum is the lunch counter. How long can you stand the jeers and taunts of the crowd? Address: Civil Rights Museum Atlanta, 100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, United States
The Breman Museum is one of several museums in Atlanta dedicated to Jewish history, with special emphasis on Georgia and the Holocaust. There are a series of photographs that depict the progression of the Holocaust that may be too much for kids, but they also have a grocery play area and traveling exhibits that are very kid-friendly. The Breman Museum is located across from the Center for Puppetry Arts. Address: 1440 Spring St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309
The World of Coca-Cola is one of the most popular museums in Atlanta. It showcases the history of The Coca-Cola Company and contains a host of entertainment areas and attractions. See the vault where the secret formula is stored, and how bottling is done. The section most people like best though is the tasting room. Beware of the Beverly. Address: Coca Cola Museum Atlanta, Baker Street Northwest, Atlanta, GA, United States
Atlanta Museums in Cobb County
A treat for classic movie fans, featuring an extensive collection that includes stunning costumes, a vast foreign edition library, a display devoted to the African American cast members, and great southern hospitality. Address: 500 Powder Springs St., Marietta, GA 30064
The Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art is the only Metropolitan-Atlanta fine arts museum focusing on American Art. The permanent collection houses a variety of artworks dating from as early as the 18th century to the present. Be sure to check out their special events, activities, and educational opportunities throughout the year. Address: 30 Atlanta Street, Marietta, GA 30060
Located just off the Marietta Square in the historic Kennesaw House, the Museum’s galleries explore the expansive history of Marietta and Cobb County. The Marietta Museum of History also has a busy program of events and special exhibits. Address: 1 Depot Street, Suite 200, Marietta, GA 30060
The Museum of History and Holocaust Education provides innovative programs and exhibitions to promote diversity, build character, and encourage respect. Explore the lives and experiences of World War II and the Holocaust through interactive galleries, personal stories and a theater playing movies focused on this compelling era. Address: Kennesaw State University, 3333 Busbee Drive, Kennesaw GA
The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History is affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution and features and impressive collection of Civil War & Locomotive history. If you have a train fan, put this museum on your list. The Southern Museum is home to the “General” locomotive, made famous by Andrews Raiders in the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862, and the Glover Machine Works, a restored early 20th century belt-driven locomotive assembly line. The Jolley Education Center offers numerous hands-on and interactive exhibits that are fun for the entire family. Address: 2829 Cherokee Street Kennesaw, GA
Visit the oldest existing house in downtown Marietta and get an authentic look at life for an average middle-class family living in antebellum Georgia. This modest 1840s house is more typical of its time and place than the grand plantations and columned mansions popularized by Gone with the Wind. Address: 80 north Marietta pkwy NW, Marietta 30064
Atlanta Museums: Explore Gwinnett
The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is the largest Hindu Mandir (temple) in the United States, and they welcome visitors!
The temple was built in only 17 months utilizing 1.3 million volunteer hours. It is comprised of Turkish limestone, Italian marble, and Indian pink sandstone. More than 34,000 individual stone pieces were carved by hand in India, shipped to the USA, and assembled in Lilburn like a giant jigsaw puzzle.
The Mandir is completely etched with intricate carvings, depicting a mosaic of tales of inspiration, devotion, and historic figures from Hinduism. Enjoy hours of beauty, peace, and discovery at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Lilburn – a masterpiece of exquisite Indian design and workmanship. Marvel at the intricate marble carvings, participate in Hindu rituals or learn about the world’s oldest living faith – Hinduism. Whatever you prefer, you are welcome to visit. Address: 460 Rockbridge Rd NW, Lilburn, GA 30047
The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center is used as a multi-use history, culture, heritage, and environment facility. Located on a 233 wooded acres near the Mall of Georgia, the center features interactive exhibits, walking trails and greenways, unique rental spaces, gift shop, and is a model of innovative green building techniques. The center was Gwinnett County’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified green building and has one of the nation’s largest, sloped, vegetated roofs. And while you are here, you may want to plan to go zip lining at TreeTop Quest. This is one of the most family friendly zip lines in the state. Address: 2020 Clean Water Dr., Buford, GA 30519
If you ask us, it’s one of the BEST places in the Southeast for train lovers. You’ll see over 90 pieces of equipment, many of which you can climb on and enjoy. There is also a short train ride for a nominal fee. Address: 3595 Buford Hwy Duluth, Georgia
Atlanta Museums: ATL Airport District
Located in the ATL Airport District, the Chick-fil-A Home Office is nestled in an 80-acre wooded campus full of beautiful landscaping and trails. The two-hour tour includes the Chick-fil-A museum where you can see original menus and other memorabilia, photo opportunities, and a classic car display (that includes one of the Batmobiles!) Chick-fil-A meals and ice cream not included, but the original Dwarf House is nearby. Address: 5200 Buffington Road, Atlanta, GA 30349
The Delta Flight Museum collects, preserves, and shares aviation history and technology. Highlighting aircraft, collections, and artifacts of Delta and more than 40 family airlines. The museum is comprised of renovated airplane hangars originally constructed in the 1940s and includes a retired Boeing 747, that can be used as event space. Address: 1060 Delta Blvd., Building B, Department 914, Atlanta, GA 30354-1989
The Porsche Experience Center offers an amazing experience for sports car enthusiasts. Located adjacent to the ATL Airport District, the PEC includes a test drive track, museum, and two restaurants, as well as meeting rooms. Address: One Porsche Drive, Atlanta, GA 30354
Atlanta Museums: Alpharetta
The History Museum covers the history of Alpharetta, from its earliest days as Cherokee Indian territory, through its remarkable emergence as one of the nation’s most vibrant high-tech cities.
A very special part of the new museum will be the stories project kiosk where visitors will be able to enjoy interviews with 70 of Alpharetta’s most interesting citizens. This project began by talking to residents, seven of whom have passed away since sharing their stories on film. The stories project is ongoing with additional interviews planned for the future. (Opens on April 26, 2018) Address: Inside Alpharetta City Hall, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, GA 30009
Atlanta Museums in Sandy Springs
This exhibit uses over 500 photographs to tell the story of Anne Frank, a young Jewish girl who kept a diary while she hid with her family from the Nazis in Amsterdam.
The exhibit includes the Anne Frank in the World: 1929-1945 photographic exhibit, daily showings of the short film, “The Short Life of Anne Frank”, “Witness to the Holocaust: WWII Veteran William Alexander Scott III at Buchenwald” photographic and essay exhibit, a replica of Anne Frank’s room, and the “Witness to the Holocaust” sculpture series by artist Devorah Sperber. The exhibit is free and open to the general public. The self-guided tour of the space takes approximately 1.5 hours. ***Note: The exhibit is recommended for children of grades 5 and up. Address: 5920 Roswell Rd, Suite A-209, Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Atlanta Museums in Roswell
The Chattahoochee Nature Center is the interpretive center of the Chattahoochee River and its watershed. CNC has a wide range of educational and conservation programs, such as wildlife rehabilitation, summer camps, fun and educational exhibits, and a community garden. With 127 acres of woodland along the river, CNC offers unparalleled access and views of nature in wooded trails, canoe trips and the natural world. As a wildlife rehabilitation center, CNC is home to over 50 species of injured, non-releasable wildlife. We encourage visitors to be the future guardians of nature, being a part of the solution to preserve the river and our environment. Whether it’s hiking, canoeing or just going for a quiet walk, being surrounded by nature is important to your health and well-being. Let CNC be your guide, connecting Atlanta with nature. Address: 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, GA 30075
Address: 5000 Commerce Parkway, Roswell, GA
Atlanta Museums in Henry County
The Army Aviation Heritage Foundation & Flying Museum is a 501(c)(3) public educational organization dedicated to preserving and presenting the legacy of Army aviation through aerial demonstrations, static displays, educational tours, and ride programs. The museum is located at the Henry County Airport (Atlanta Speedway Airport) and open to the public from Tuesday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.Please call in advance to ensure a free guided tour through the hangar and a chance to climb up in the helicopters for a great photo opportunity. Rides in Huey and Cobra helicopters are also offered on select weekends. Prices vary by aircraft and flight duration. Address: 506 Speedway Blvd, Hampton, GA 30228
Located in Heritage Park, the museum hosts an impressive collection of more than 20,000 pieces of military memorabilia, uniforms, weaponry and vehicles from World War I to the present. Go beyond the story of battles to learn the stories of specific men and women who served our country. While you are welcome to wander through the collection at your leisure, for the best experience ask for a guided tour from one of the veterans who volunteer at the museum. Through stories, these veterans offer an intimate look into the lives of soldiers who wore the uniforms on display. Free; donations welcome. Tours: Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and by appointment. Address: 101 Lake Dow Road, McDonough, GA 30252
Atlanta Museums in Douglas County
The Old Douglas County Courthouse (completed in 1958) was saved from demolition and turned into the Museum of History and Art. This structure is a perfect example of the rapidly disappearing International style of architecture. It also has over 200 collections including a number of mid-twentieth century rotating exhibits.
The most popular exhibit is the Lunch Box Collection of over 390 lunch boxes spanning a century. Lunch boxes were manufactured in response to the need for American workers to eat on the job instead of traveling home for a meal and children began using metal lunch boxes prior to lunches being served in schools. The metal lunch pail/box ruled the noon break for more than 100 years, but in the 1970’s, plastic versions sidelined the metal version, leaving a host of the mini metal chests unemployed. Address: 6754 Broad Street, Douglasville, GA 30134
Atlanta Museums in Clayton County
Discover Georgia’s historical documents at the Georgia Archives. Whether you want to investigate your family tree, are a student researching records, or love history and desire to learn more about the state, the Georgia Archives has the resources to get you started. Visit the second Friday of the month for free monthly Lunch and Learn lectures, featuring a variety of interesting topics presented by experts. Address: 5800 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, GA 30260
Explore the documented narrative of the Southern experience through records dating from 1716 to the present day. Covering the southeastern states, the National Archives at Atlanta holds documents that are a prominent resource for further study in Civil Rights, space exploration, maritime and naval history, Southern communities, and a range of other subjects. Address: 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, GA 30260
Step into the world of Margaret Mitchell’s classic novel and the sweeping romance of Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara. The museum combines the real history of the Civil War’s Atlanta Campaign and 1864 Battle of Jonesboro along with both Hollywood’s and Margaret Mitchell’s versions of Gone With the Wind. See Civil War artifacts, replica Confederate and Union uniforms, items from the 1939 Atlanta movie premiere and reproductions of Scarlett’s most famous dresses. Address: 104 North Main Street, Jonesboro, GA 30236
Walk among the tall oak trees while getting a glimpse of life in the mid-1800s. The antebellum plantation includes an 1839 Greek Revival-style home, an original log kitchen, a tenant house, a one-room schoolhouse, and a country store. Address: 100 Carriage Lane, Jonesboro, GA 30236
Atlanta Museums in Coweta/Newnan
The Children Connect Museum
This brand new, hands-on creativity workshop for children and their families is located in downtown Newnan. Each month a new theme or topic sparks creativity and imagination! In the Discovery Lab, Kids explore the monthly theme through simple interactive exhibits that engage their curiosity and excitement. Imaginations soar in the Creativity Workshop where youngsters explore, create, engineer, build, and refine their own projects over a single visit or multiple trips to the Workshop. Young creators have the opportunity to share their own projects as temporary exhibits in the museum. By empowering kids to serve as exhibit developers and curators, they create a true “children’s museum.” Address: 30 Temple Ave. Newnan, Ga. 30263
A historic home in downtown Senoia is home to the Senoia Historical Society, whose mission is to “preserve, protect and promote the Senoia area’s unique history and heritage.” The museum’s collection includes a wide variety of collected and donated materials tracing the birth of Senoia in the 1860’s through the times of war, to the times of cotton gins and buggy’s to the present. Address: 6 Couch St., Senoia, Ga. 30276
Historic 1937 home with period furnishings. Elegance and southern tradition abound in this historic home that features landscaped lawns and a private courtyard. The museum is open for tours as well as special events such as weddings, corporate events and parties. The museum features decorative arts, classic furnishings and ever-changing exhibitions. Restored through a bequest from the late Edgar B. Hollis estate, the home reflects the colors and styles of grand homes in the 1930’s and 1940’s. Address: 74 Jackson St., Newnan, Ga. 30263
Atlanta Museums in Peachtree City
The commemorative air force was founded to acquire, restore and preserve, in flying condition, a complete collection of combat aircraft flown by all military services of the united states, and selected aircraft of other nations, for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations of Americans.
More than just a collection of airworthy warplanes from the past, the CAF’s fleet of historic aircraft, known as the CAF Ghost Squadron, recreate, remind and reinforce the lessons learned from the defining moments in American military aviation history. The Dixie wing was approved as the 83rd CAF unit on February 28, 1987, and has since displayed its collection of vintage World War II aircraft in numerous air shows throughout the southeast. The Dixie wing teaches WWII aviation education through living history and real flying aircrafts! Address: 1200 Echo Court, Peachtree City Ga 30269
More Atlanta Museums for Kids that we Love
This 120,000 square foot Museum houses the largest permanent exhibition space for Western art in the country. Galleries feature contemporary Western American art, historic Western art, Civil War art, Presidential portraits and letters, Western movie posters, and Western illustration. Sagebrush Ranch is an interactive gallery where children of all ages can learn about art and Western America. The Museum’s Special and Temporary Exhibit Galleries hosts six to ten temporary exhibits per year. Address: 501 Museum Drive , Cartersville, GA
It’s a space museum, a mineral museum and a dinosaur museum – all in one! There is also a children’s science exhibit, a gem mining area, and a dino dig for kids. Don’t miss the planetarium and regular exciting events. Address: 100 Tellus Dr, Cartersville, GA
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After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.
Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.