Must-see Museums in Atlanta

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If you’re looking for things to do in Atlanta, you won’t want to miss checking out one or more of these museums. View breathtaking artwork, learn about our state’s history, explore a variety of science exhibits and more. There’s something for everyone here in Atlanta.

Center for Puppetry Arts
Kermit the Frog at the Center for Puppetry Arts

Art and Entertainment

Atlanta is certainly a colorful city in more ways than one! In addition to its many murals and street art, Atlanta also has plenty of art museums for people to explore. The High Museum of Art has a wide range of art – from contemporary to folk – from around the world, while the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center offers free admission for people to view exhibitions from local and international artists.

You should also check out the Center for Puppetry Arts, where you can watch live shows, attend workshops and even see a collection of Jim Henson artifacts. What fan of The Muppets or Sesame Street wouldn’t want to go?

Science and Nature

Science and nature lovers will be anything but bored at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. You’ll be able to view real fossils and ancient artifacts, visit a 65-acre forest and watch 3D films in the museum’s IMAX theater.

For stargazers, the Fernbank Science Center offers a stellar (pun not intended) observatory and planetarium. You can even see the real Apollo 6 Command Module, the last unmanned flight of Project Apollo.

And for those who love the ocean, be sure to go to the Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the western hemisphere. The aquarium is home to hundreds of species of marine life, from jellyfish to penguins. You’ll “dolphinitely” have a great time! (Okay, that pun was intended.)

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.


Atlanta has a rich history and has been called home by many famous figures. The Atlanta History Center contains exhibits on the Civil War, Georgia’s Native American tribes and much more. The museum also delivers tours for venues such as the house of Margaret Mitchell (author of Gone with the Wind) and the Swan House (which belonged to one of the richest families in Georgia).

There’s also the National Center for Civil and Human Rights as well as the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Park, both of which honor activists of the Civil Rights movement and their inspiring legacies. Discover the stories, struggles and achievements of those who stood up for equality and peace both in the U.S. and around the world.


College football fans won’t want to miss the College Football Hall of Fame. Filled with memorabilia, photos and movies, awards and more, this museum is everything a football fan could ask for. Plus, did we mention there are fun interactive exhibits?

Coca-Cola Sign
Coca-Cola Sign

And for soda fans…

We can’t leave this one off our list: the World of Coca-Cola! Not only do you get to see how one of the most popular fizzy drinks are made, but you can sample flavors, engage with interactive videos and even win some prizes along your tour. The building is also 100% certified environmentally friendly – which should please the Coca-Cola Polar Bear. And yes, you can take your photo with the Polar Bear.







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