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“Great Museum - difficult parking”

Michael C. Carlos Museum
Ranked #35 of 291 things to do in Atlanta
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Owner description: The Carlos Museum is one of the Southeast's premier ancient art museums with major collections of art objects from ancient Egypt, Nubia, Near East, Greece, Rome, ancient Americas, Africa, and Asia, as well as a collection of works on paper from the Renaissance to the present.
Chesterfield, MO
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“Great Museum – difficult parking”
Reviewed 23 January 2011

If you are into Egyptian, Greek, Roman and ancient American art, this is the museum for you. They have an excellent collection of statuary, mummies and ceramics 2,000-3,000 years old. They allow non-flash photography, but about half the galleries on the first floor are very dark. In fact I tripped on the bottom step going to the upper gallery since I couldn’t see it! For the size of the museum, the $8 admission is rather steep, so I can only recommend it if you are really into this kind of art. And then there is the parking problem. There is parking behind the museum, but like many major liberal universities, it’s not for you, but university staff! There are two garages about a 5-10 minute walk away, but they are very difficult to find and you have to go in the visitor entrance, which is even harder to find than the garage! The Fishburne Deck is the closest but you have to walk down a steep hill and it is very hard to find. There is also a deck and lot off Eagle Drive. Parking is about $2 per hour. Get a map off their web page and plan on 20 minutes driving around to actually find parking and the museum. Be sure to check out the buildings around the museum on the quadrangle which have a variety of marble designs and patterns that are stunning.

Visited December 2010
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Marietta, Georgia
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“Undoubtedly, the most beautiful museum in Atlanta.”
Reviewed 30 July 2010

The nod to the Pyramids as you enter the Michael Graves-designed building on the lower level should have been a hint of what was in store. The floor plan and lighting in the Greek, Roman and Egyptian halls adds an air of mystery to a magnificent collection of statues, sarcophaguses and various artifacts. South American, Asian and African history is also represented.

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San Jose
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“Enlightening, comforting -- one of the best museums out there.”
Reviewed 24 May 2010

To put simply, the Michael Carlos Museum is one of the best museums out there. First of all, the actual area the building is located absolutely beautiful -- enough to make one want to stay for hours. The layout of the museum is wonderful; it's smooth and free-flowing so there is plenty of room to view the cases. The lighting is very warm and comforting, but lights up everything so you can get a great view of the details. My personal favorite exhibit is definitely the Ancient Egyptian exhibit. It provides tons of different cases which includes several mummies and details on how they lived their lives; from the tools they used all the way down to what kind of jewelry the people wore. Their gift shop is amazing -- I bought two scarab necklaces and a book on ancient Egyptian history. All in all, this place will leave you feeling nostalgic, smart and comfortable and will implant beautiful memories that will urge you to come back soon.

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