Atlanta History Center
Atlanta History Center
4.5
Historic SitesGardensHistory Museums
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Atlanta History Center was founded on the big ideas and relentless fascination of 14 Atlantans who were emphatic about our city’s historical relevance in society. In a sense, our organization was created by Atlanta’s biggest fans, and we love that detail. In 1926, these founding members introduced the Atlanta Historical Society into the world with one mission: to help preserve Atlanta’s history. In 1990, after decades of collecting, researching, publishing and celebrating the early stories of our great Southern community, the Atlanta Historical Society and all of its holdings officially became the Atlanta History Center.
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  • travelwriter52
    Clinton, South Carolina3,547 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots to See
    I've been here before but it has been years. I came to see what they did with the Cyclorama after they moved it from Grant Park. Must admit they did an excellent job. I also visited the Payne Olympic exhibit and the exhibit on Atlanta history. I skipped some exhibits because I didn't have a lot of time and I chose not to go outside to the gardens and other buildings because of the heat.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 7 August 2023
  • Farangiz K
    36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to visit
    Great place to visit! Very well organized, clean, beautiful center. The area is big. I spend around 2,5 hours exploring. Swan House is located on the property, and I recommend visiting it too.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 August 2023
  • Daniele Pimentel
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wish I had more time there, so good
    Amazing experience. If you were to stay there the whole day you still wouldn’t be able to see everything. I highly recommend going to the gardens, really beautiful but you still learn a lot about the XIX century.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 November 2023
  • Vacation06369021141
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Atlanta History--All That and a Train!
    Loved this...exhibits for young and old. cyclorama and artifacts--including a train that kids can climb on...toddler storytimes, folk art, a golf exhibit (!), a history of the Civil War, a movie explaining the history of Stone Mountain, a section on the Atlanta Olympics, commentary on women and marginalized populations in Atlanta's past and present, the Swan House for architecture and interior design, a play area for kids, chickens and sheep, and Jenny's for fantastic soup and sandwiches. Spent 5 hours and could have spent more.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 December 2023
  • frosty2015
    Cleveland, Ohio52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well curated exhibits
    Well curated exhibits on American history and we appreciated the balanced views of the Civil War. Very friendly staff. We stopped a few times to look for something and staff noticed and reached out to help (perhaps because we are an older couple). We spent the day there and could have spent another day. The Swan House is lovely. Look out for the beautiful hawks, which we saw flying outside the research center. The only problem we had was with a kiosk that had four viewing stations. The information on the screen changed quickly but a staff helped us navigate the touch screen exhibit, but it didn't slow it down. Parking is free. There is a café (closes at 3 p.m.) and a coffee vendor onsite.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 March 2024
  • Ed H
    Lansdale, Pennsylvania9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great visit, learned a lot about Atlanta history!
    Really enjoyed the Civil War exhibits and the Stone Mountain movie. Learned a lot of new information at the center. Great exhibits about Hank Aaron, Bobby Jones, and the Olympic Games. Also toured the Swan House, like taking a walk back in time. Great day all around! Definitely recommend
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 April 2024
  • KarenJim76
    Clarence Center, New York56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gem of a museum
    Extraordinary museum about Atlanta and its prominent citizens, including an exceptional exhibition on the Civil War. The museum appears small but is quite substantial with very high quality artifacts and excellent written explanations. The film and docent talk about the Cyclorama was very informative and helped to bring the painting to life. The exhibits on the Atlanta Olympics, Hank Aaron and Bobby Jones highlighted, in a personal way, their impact not just on Atlanta but the world at large. For those interested in the Civil War, this exhibit could easily consume 2 or more hours. The Swan House was worth a short visit but if time is limited, we would recommend staying in the main museum. Conveniently located in the main building, Souper Jenny Cafe provided excellent fresh soups, salads and sandwiches at a reasonable cost.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 April 2024
  • Kevin
    Mountain View, California284 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Big museum with lots of information, great for history buffs
    We spent 5 hours here and we still didn't get to read everything here; this museum is big with so much information. There are so many exhibits about the history of Atlanta; the Olympics, the Civil War, trains, and many others. The Civil War Cyclorama is amazing to look at; there are 15 minute presentations at the top of every hour. We also saw an exhibit dedicated to Hank Aaron, and being that my Dad is a MLB follower, he definitely had to visit this part of the museum. Don't forget that there is more than just the main building as well. Out through the back door you can go through the gardens to visit the historic Swan House and Smith Family Farm. It's literally like walking into a mansion frozen in time. The farmhouse has farm animals like chickens, turkeys, and sheep out to see too. We had lunch at the Souper Jenny cafe inside the center, and apparently it's popular because there are cars that park in the front just to eat there. It has a pretty good deal for $18, you get a choice of sandwich, a bowl of soup, a drink, a cookie, and an apple. It was a little cold and rainy the day we visited, so getting to eat some hot soup was nice. There's a lot to see here, highly recommended if you're into history and learning about the city of Atlanta.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 May 2024
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Rhonda R.
Dahlonega, GA62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
This place is really amazing if you like history, viewing artifacts, and reading about stuff. I went with teenagers who were mildly impressed but my husband and I loved it. We stayed about 3 and 1/2 hours and it was not enough time to see everything. First we went to the cyclorama. I highly recommend going to the presentation which includes a short video and a curator talking about the history of the painting and diorama. She will point stuff out that you might not notice on your own. Then we saw the train and the exhibits in the main gallery. I could have spent longer in the main gallery area because I like to read all of the stuff. Then we went to the Swan house in the back. Definitely spend time talking to the actor portraying the architect of the house. He is highly knowledgeable about the property. We quickly walked through the Smith Farm house at back and there is no signage out there so I don’t really know the significance of those buildings. Finally we went back into the main building and briefly walked through some of the other galleries. The entrances are deceiving and these galleries are actually huge spaces with several rooms. You could spend more hours there exploring these rooms. But we were tired and hungry by then so we decided to leave. Also included in the ticket price is entrance to Margaret Mitchell’s home. She wrote Gone With the Wind. Her house is not in the same grounds. You have to walk there. If you can’t get there the same day, your ticket is good for nine days after your purchase. We didn’t go so I can’t tell you about that.
Written 5 January 2020
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Bradley B
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I am an Atlanta native, as were both my parents. It's a town that's always been a huckster's paradise, so it's always raced after the fastest buck (dollar), often to the detriment of the things that made it unique.
The Cyclorama was always an exception to me: absolutely authentic, a rarity, and always on my itinerary for people visiting from out of town, especially of from an entirely different region and/or culture.
When I heard it was to be relocated to the Atlanta History Center, my heart sank, because I was afraid of "what might happen to it" during the move. I couldn't imagine a more successful fate for this masterpiece (or maybe just call it "object of wonder").
Everything that made the old venue and experience worthwhile has been preserved and increased many-fold: actual preservation actions, how you view the piece, the surrounding support materials and exhibits, the "movie" that accompanies the cyclorama, everything.
This is a MUST-SEE in Atlanta, worth your time in so many ways. Have a bit at Super Jenny's while you're there, but budget between 2-3 hours for the entire complex, especially if you plan to go see Tullie Smith House and The Swan House.
Written 12 February 2020
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KarenJim76
Clarence Center, NY56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Extraordinary museum about Atlanta and its prominent citizens, including an exceptional exhibition on the Civil War. The museum appears small but is quite substantial with very high quality artifacts and excellent written explanations. The film and docent talk about the Cyclorama was very informative and helped to bring the painting to life. The exhibits on the Atlanta Olympics, Hank Aaron and Bobby Jones highlighted, in a personal way, their impact not just on Atlanta but the world at large. For those interested in the Civil War, this exhibit could easily consume 2 or more hours. The Swan House was worth a short visit but if time is limited, we would recommend staying in the main museum. Conveniently located in the main building, Souper Jenny Cafe provided excellent fresh soups, salads and sandwiches at a reasonable cost.
Written 30 April 2024
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PBP K
Southampton, New York, United States95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I gave a book talk on my latest bio, "All Blood Runs Red," at the History Center, then had a chance to spend time at the exhibits the following day. The travelling exhibit on black history and culture is very well done, and the Cyclorama of the "Battle of Atlanta" is superb--rivalling the cyclorama at Gettysburg National Park. Well worth the time.
Written 6 February 2020
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geomom01
Leesville, SC1,463 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
This was by far our favorite thing to do in Atlanta. It is a bit north of downtown. You can get there on public transportation or drive your car - they have free parking. We arrived just after 9:00 and walked the gardens and saw the cyclorama before the Swan House opened at 11:00. Then we had lunch at the Swan Couch House and visited the farm and indoor galleries. All in all we were there for about 4-5 hours and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The gardens are really a botanical garden with plants identified and everything well tended. The Swan House was amazing. You are permitted to walk through it on your own including the main floor, upstairs and basement. It is beautiful and in perfect condition as if time had stood still. They even had several old cars out in the back that you can sit in. The cyclorama is an impressive art display and tells of its origin and history and covered both sides impressions. And there are several galleries that were very good from early American art to the civil war. Our lunch at the Swan Couch House was a perfect addition to our day and most memorable. The farm was also fun and informative of the time, perfect for the kids. The staff were the nicest that could be and very interesting to talk with. We found this to have so much interesting displays and provided a perfect day for us. We highly recommend a visit if you are in Atlanta.
Written 12 June 2021
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Victoria B
Lexington, KY2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Our daughter's wedding & reception was held at the Atlanta History Center. The setting was gorgeous inside and out, providing a stunning backdrop for their photos in a number of locations. Most importantly, though, was the care and attention to detail the staff provided to make the day as special as it could be....professional, positive, and well-organized. Originally planned as an outdoor event but everything had to move inside due to inclement weather....accommodations were made without missing a beat and it was just as special and beautiful. Can't speak highly enough about how positive our experience was. Highest recommend as a wedding venue!
Written 3 January 2021
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Misssuzan
Mesa, AZ417 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
The history portion of this museum is very informative and it covers so much of Atlanta local history. From MLK meeting his wife, to the Olympic games held in Atlanta, The train's cinematic history. And of course the famous Cyclorama which is amazing to see. But then they have grounds to walk around with historic barns and homes. Not to mention The actual Swan house. Also be sure to book a reservation at the Coach house for lunch they have great southern classics like chicken salad and frozen fruit salad both delish. Take a camera to walk around the grounds they are wedding photo worthy.
Written 11 April 2021
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johnradams
Atlanta, GA11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Highlights include the wonderfully restored Cyclorama painting (which is worth the visit by itself), and the Texas locomotive. The Civil War exhibit is a real treasure; the explanations and descriptions are incredibly well done. Allow plenty of time.
Written 7 January 2020
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adalynn2016
Stone Mountain, GA15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Prepare to experience something very special at the newly updated Atlanta History Center. Not only can you learn all about Atlanta history, the Bobby Jones Story, Folk Art in a Changing South, and maybe details about your own ancestors. The Cyclorama features The Battle of Atlanta, a 132-year-old painting 49 feet tall and weights 10,000 pounds. Explore too the Smith Family Farm, the Goizueta Gardens on 22 acres, and the Swan House with antiques and classic cars.
Written 6 March 2020
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Kevin
Mountain View, CA284 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We spent 5 hours here and we still didn't get to read everything here; this museum is big with so much information. There are so many exhibits about the history of Atlanta; the Olympics, the Civil War, trains, and many others. The Civil War Cyclorama is amazing to look at; there are 15 minute presentations at the top of every hour. We also saw an exhibit dedicated to Hank Aaron, and being that my Dad is a MLB follower, he definitely had to visit this part of the museum.

Don't forget that there is more than just the main building as well. Out through the back door you can go through the gardens to visit the historic Swan House and Smith Family Farm. It's literally like walking into a mansion frozen in time. The farmhouse has farm animals like chickens, turkeys, and sheep out to see too.

We had lunch at the Souper Jenny cafe inside the center, and apparently it's popular because there are cars that park in the front just to eat there. It has a pretty good deal for $18, you get a choice of sandwich, a bowl of soup, a drink, a cookie, and an apple. It was a little cold and rainy the day we visited, so getting to eat some hot soup was nice.

There's a lot to see here, highly recommended if you're into history and learning about the city of Atlanta.
Written 1 May 2024
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