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Atlanta History Center


This history center consists of the Atlanta History Museum, the Centennial Olympic Games Museum, the Swan House, the Tullie Smith farm, six historical gardens, the Margaret Mitchell House, the Atlanta Cyclorama and the Kenan Research Center.

For history enthusiasts the Atlanta History Museum is a must-see. It is one of the largest history museums in the nation and is home to award winning exhibits that travels through history starting with the first settlers to the modern day city.

The Centennial Olympic Games Museum is one of the most significant exhibits about Olympic sport and history in the country. It consists of artifacts, images, multimedia presentations, interactive displays, and an interactive Sports Lab.

The three historical houses in the History Center let visitors experience the lifestyles of the people of Atlanta from the 1860s through the 1930s. You will be taken back in time and see how different people from the past lived compared to modern day.

You will be able to see the distinct flowers that represent Georgia in the Center’s six historic gardens. Each garden is associated with a specific group of people who lived on the land and used the plants in their lives.

The Kenan Research Center contains collections on decorative arts, genealogy, military history, and Southern gardens. You can even purchase copies of historic photographs, prints, maps, and other images, which would make a perfect souvenir.

The Battle of Atlanta cyclorama painting moved in February 2017 from its Grant Park home to the custom-built 23,000-square-foot Lloyd and Mary Ann Whitaker Cyclorama Building at the Atlanta History Center. The exhibitions to be presented in the Lloyd and Mary Ann Whitaker Cyclorama Building will add thoughtful context about the battles for Atlanta and the Civil War as well as the history of cycloramas.

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.