Looking for something to do in Atlanta? Try museum-hopping. The city is home to some of the finest cultural venues in the United States – from the quirky, World of Coca-Cola to the distinguished High Museum of Art.
High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree St NE
There’s so much to see at the High Museum of Art – installations, picture book art, photographs, and more. Prestigious artists like Paul Graham, Ashley Bryan, and Yuri Suzuki have shown their works there. It also hosts events throughout the year like Toddler Thursdays and Day After Thanksgiving.
The museum has three cafes and a restaurant that serves snacks, full entrees, and gourmet side dishes. On your way out, purchase unique jewelry or a pair of quirky socks from the souvenir shop.
Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA)
1315 Peachtree St NE
Founded in 1989, MODA continues to celebrate design as a Smithsonian Affiliate. Past exhibitions have included “Making Change: The Art and Craft of Activism,” “Designing Playful Cities,”and “Luba Lukova: Designing Justice.”
MODA offers guided tours, lectures, and promotes underappreciated artists.
World of Coca-Cola
121 Baker St NW
Pharmacist John Pemberton invented the brown, fizzy drink in downtown Atlanta in 1886, and it’s only fitting that there should be a shrine to this beloved brand in the area. That shrine is the World of Coca-Cola, where you’ll find over 200 historical and international artifacts documenting the rise of this global brand, from an urn back in 1896, to beach pants from the 1970s.
Get the chance to visit the vault where the legendary formula for the drink is kept. Explore over 10 galleries that tell the story of Coca-Cola, including a theater screening of “Moments of Happiness,” among other films. Sample Coca-Cola varieties like Vanilla Coke to Coca-Cola Life.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
767 Clifton Rd NE
The museum brings you a series of interactive exhibits on the marvels of the natural world, including cast replicas of gigantic dinosaur fossils. It also houses a massive collection of jewelry, headdresses, and footwear from different cultures. Catch movies like “Earthflight 3D” and “Oceans: Our Blue Planet” at Fernbank’s Giant Screen Theater, which features a state-of-the-art sound and projection system.
Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University
571 S Kligo Circle NE
Atlanta’s leading university is home to this acclaimed museum, with a collection featuring 17,000 artifacts from antiquity. Those with a deep appreciation for Greek, Roman, Egyptian, African, and Asian history will undoubtedly find the exhibits engaging. The museum’s collection dates back to 1876 and has grown exponentially since then.
You can also rent the museum for dress rehearsals, wedding receptions, and other special occasions. With oversized windows, sparkling chandeliers, and stunning architecture, it’s the perfect backdrop for private events.
The Atlanta History Center
130 W Paces Ferry Road NW
The center tells the story of the Southern community through colorful exhibits on everything from barbecue and backyard cooking to the Civil War. The Center’s programs cover a wide expanse of topics, including genealogy and family history research, and major historical events like World War II.
With so many museums in one place, you’ll never run out of things to do in Downtown Atlanta. If you want to live close to all the fantastic attractions, let me, Natalie Gregory, help you find the home that’s right for you. Call me at 404.550.5113 or send an email to Natalie(dotted)Gregory(at)Compass(dotted)com.