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Atlanta History Center

Atlanta History Center

History Museum and Garden
Buckhead, Atlanta
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    Stephen B.
    "I love the 1996 Atlanta Olympic room!"(9 Tips)
    Marissa L.
    "Virgil was a great tour guide at the Swan House!"(7 Tips)
    Explore Georgia
    "Premier History Museum boasting 33 acres of gardens"(4 Tips)
    Explore Georgia
    "largest Civil War exhibitions with 1,400 objects including artifacts"(4 Tips)
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  • Jeff S.heart icon on user image
    Jeff S.February 6, 2019
    The AHC is a great place to learn about Atlanta's history. It holds one of the largest collections of Civil War artifacts in the United States.
  • Elizabethheart icon on user image
    ElizabethJuly 22, 2015
    Inside is undergoing renovation but the grounds are excellent. Kids loved walking around outside. Don't miss the nature center.
  • Marissa L.
    Marissa LynnDecember 21, 2013
    Virgil was a great tour guide at the Swan House! He was filled with information about the history of the house, filming The Hunger Games, and kept us laughing!
  • Kristopher W.
    Kristopher WeissJune 10, 2015
    A good museum with exhibits on Civil War, Olympics and houses from the 1930s and 1850s. On 30 wooded acres, you could make a day of this place - and probably should.
  • John M.
    John MelloSeptember 13, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Best museum in Atlanta! Very friendly staff. Beautiful grounds allow a wonderful walk. Lincoln exhibit is a must see! Olympics display is fantastic and interactive. Take the challenge!
  • ToryBurch
    ToryBurchApril 14, 2011
    Visit the beautiful historic Swan House, built in the 1920s, and part of the Atlanta History Center. Take in the delicate swan motifs throughout the house (hence the name) as well as the sprawling gar
  • Josh W.
    Josh WeissJuly 8, 2018
    Enjoy healthy lunch @ Souper Jenny, and then this great museum of local + regional history. Don't miss the FARM in the back. Cyclorama mural, truly unique, restored & re-opening Fall '18.
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelDecember 7, 2015
    Located on 33 acres in the heart of Buckhead, this is one of the Southeast's largest history museums, with a research library and archives that annually serve more than 10,000 patrons. Read more
  • Maggie F.heart icon on user image
    Maggie FreegardMarch 4, 2016
    Civil War Information stunningly presented, you can study in detail or just scratch the surface but still understand and benefit from the experience.
  • Atlanta Meetings
    Atlanta MeetingsJuly 29, 2013
    The Atlanta History Center features 32 acres of gardens, wildlife trails and woodland areas. The complex includes the Tullie Smith House (1840s) and the fully restored 1928 Swan House mansion.
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonSeptember 14, 2016
    During a visit to the Atlanta History Center don’t miss the chance for a photo opportunity at the bottom of the great lawn stairs.
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonOctober 16, 2015
    Walk to the Swan House and snap a picture on the lawn with the mansion in the background. Don’t forget the quaint gardens around the house!
  • Matt B.
    Matt BApril 15, 2013
    Very easy to spend a good couple of hours in the Civil War exhibit alone. Really great, educational and compelling. Highly recommended!
    Reserve123.comNovember 7, 2012
    They host various lectures all throughout the year. Reservations are required, but the fees are reasonable given the amount of information shared. Check one out!
  • William W.
    William WrightAugust 25, 2010
    You really need to spend all day here. There is soo many cool things to do. Make sure to visit the houses and gardens in the back. Also very cool civil war and Atlanta History. Don't Miss Anything!
  • Peter S. Greenberg
    Peter S. GreenbergMarch 3, 2012
    Local history museums can be a great jumping-off point for exploring a destination. The Atlanta History Center features everything from Civil War artifacts to an Olympic Games Museum. Read more
  • Peter G.
    Peter GreenbergMarch 2, 2012
    Local history museums can be a great jumping-off point for exploring a destination. The Atlanta History Center features everything from Civil War artifacts to an Olympic Games Museum. Read more
  • Fabio
    FabioOctober 19, 2013
    Nice and small to kill couple of hours. Its located in the nicest area of Atlanta. A should go for vistos!
  • Chad T.
    Chad TownsFebruary 10, 2011
    Great place to learn about Civil War history and enjoy a day in the gardens. Also, Bank of America and the AHC offer Musuems on Us here so its free the first weekend of the month
  • Explore Georgia
    Explore GeorgiaNovember 28, 2012
    The Southeast's Premier History Museum boasting 33 acres of gardens, two historic homes, the Kenan Research Center, and 6 signature exhibits.
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonDecember 18, 2013
    Learn more about the personalities, turning points and battles of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars at lectures by award-winning authors throughout the year at the Atlanta History Center.
  • Explore Georgia
    Explore GeorgiaJanuary 24, 2013
    "Turning Point: The American Civil War" ranks among the nation's largest Civil War exhibitions with 1,400 objects including artifacts, manuscripts, uniforms and weapons.
  • Ian M.
    Ian MoleeNovember 30, 2011
    Super exhibit of Civil War Atlanta history, including superb 1864 photographs by George N. Barnard. Also now exhibiting: the history and influence of the famous Apollo Theatre.
  • City Saver
    City SaverAugust 27, 2013
    Use your Atlanta City Saver coupons to receive two offers for one free adult admission when a second adult admission of equal or greater value is purchased (up to $16.50 Value).
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureMay 29, 2012
    The extensive landscaped grounds—which include a rhododendron garden that's spectacular in early summer—are wonderful for strolling. Read more
  • Christine M.
    Christine MorrisonFebruary 13, 2013
    **** FREE ADMISSION THIS WEEKEND **** Saturday, February 16, 2013 - Sunday, February 17, 2013 On the 3rd weekend (SAT and SUN) of each month, February – June 2013, ALL guests receive FREE admission.
  • Jackson R.
    Jackson ReevesSeptember 12, 2011
    Entrance to some of the sections of this museum are free to the public. Take advantage and learn some history.
  • Occupy My Family ATL
    Occupy My Family ATLMarch 12, 2013
    Visit the Center on a Sunday afternoon for your best opportunity at seeing the exhibits uninterrupted and at your own pace.
  • Atlanta
    AtlantaMay 23, 2014
    Visit the Atlanta History Center with your Atlanta CityPASS. Save up to 46% on top attractions!
  • Stephen T.heart icon on user image
    Stephen TroutmanOctober 9, 2013
    Civil War exhibit is excellent and does not deny slavery was the cause (refreshing to see this in the South)
  • Oakland Cemetery
    Oakland CemeteryOctober 10, 2010
    Check out the Bobby Jones exhibit where his 4 Grand Slam trophies from 1930 are displayed. He was an Atlanta native & the greatest amateur golfer of all time. He now resides in Oakland Cemetery. Read more
  • Oakland Cemetery
    Oakland CemeteryJuly 6, 2010
    Inside the Civil War exhibit you will find the diary of Carrie Berry. Written when she was just 10 years old, it details her experiences during the Battle of Atlanta. She resides in Oakland Cemetery. Read more
  • Ebrahim B.heart icon on user image
    Ebrahim BandookwalaMarch 7, 2019
    Nice museum about all things Atlanta
  • Carrie J.
    Carrie JanssenJanuary 23, 2013
    The museum really is great. Take the time to see very thing!
  • Chad E.
    Chad ElkinsNovember 27, 2011
    The scenes that took place at Bill Murray's Beverly Hills mansion in the movie 'Zombieland' were filmed at a home located 1 mile from here at 490 West Paces Ferry. Read more
  • LC A.
    LC AtlMay 4, 2014
    Be sure to check out farm and mansion exhibits - great stuff
  • Mario D.heart icon on user image
    Mario DiazJanuary 21, 2016
    So much history in this place, the Olympic hall is so great.
  • Leone B.
    Leone BuchieriAugust 19, 2010
    Great place for both locals and out of town travelers. As many others have said, make sure you leave time for the gardens.
  • Atlanta
    AtlantaAugust 16, 2010
    The Atlanta History Center includes a wing dedicated to the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. You'll want to try the long jump yourself! Read more
  • Carl B.heart icon on user image
    Carl BlackAugust 5, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Allow PLENTY of time to tour the museum and the gardens and buildings in the rear; there's much more history in Atlanta than you ever imagined.
  • Atlanta
    AtlantaMarch 13, 2012
    Don't forget to check out the Gone with the Wind movie exhibit and a gift shop.
  • Mohd Rohaizad K.
    History center in Atlanta city! Exhibition and gift shops.
  • Occupy My Family A.
    Occupy My Family AtlantaJanuary 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get into the Atlanta History Center FREE on the first weekend of every month during 2013 with your Bank of America card!
  • Cheryl C.
    Cheryl ClarkApril 30, 2013
    It was great! StoryCorp is a phenomenal concept!
  • Lynn Marie F.
    Lynn Marie FrancoJune 18, 2015
    New film exhibit about the holocaust is a must see!
  • Jamal B.
    Jamal BrownMay 10, 2011
    Excellent antiquities. Very valuable. Take the Swan House Tour.
  • Trae F.heart icon on user image
    Trae FMay 16, 2016
    Make sure you see the Swan House.
  • Vema A.
    Vema AEdwardsJanuary 21, 2019
    Open to be public at no charge today. #MLKday #FreedomRideSimulation
  • Danny S.
    Danny SilverioMarch 28, 2013
    awesome place to teach or learn about the civil war!
  • Travis K.
    Travis KirspelAugust 16, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    This place is great! Be sure to leave enough time to enjoy the gardens.
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