His­tor­i­cal Sites & Mu­se­ums

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AT­LANTA CON­TEM­PO­RARY— This con­tem­po­rary art museum nei­ther prof­its from nor col­lects the art on its walls in an ef­fort to sup­port the genre’s ad­vance­ment. Open Tu-Sa. Free ad­mis­sion. www. at­lanta­con­tem­po­rary.org. 535 Means St. NW, West Mid­town, 404.688.1970. Map3/E2 AT­LANTA HIS­TORY CEN­TER— The cen­ter in­cludes the At­lanta His­tory Museum, the Cen­ten­nial Olympic Games Museum, two his­toric homes (the Swan House and the Smith Fam­ily Farm), a re­search cen­ter and 33 acres of gar­dens. Open daily. Tick­ets: adults $16.50, se­niors and stu­dents $13, ages 4-12 $11, chil­dren un­der 4 free. www.at­lantahis­to­rycen­ter.com. 130 West Paces Ferry Rd. NW, Buck­head, 404.814.4000. Map2/B6 BAPS SHRI SWAMINARAYAN MANDIR TEM­PLE— This strik­ingly or­nate Hindu tem­ple sits on 29 acres in the the At­lanta sub­urb of Lil­burn. aIts stark-white ex­te­rior takes on the col­ors of the sky, as well as its white pol­ished interior which is of­ten lit in var­i­ous hues of blue, turquoise, or­ange or pale green. Guided tours avail­able. Open daily from 9 am-6 pm; an Aarti cer­e­mony takes place daily at 11:30 am. www.baps.org/. 460 Rock­bridge Rd., Lil­burn, 678.906.2277. Map1/F5 CEN­TER FOR CIVIL AND HU­MAN RIGHTS— This museum in­cludes three sec­tions: a col­lec­tion of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s doc­u­ments and per­sonal ef­fects; mul­ti­sen­sory gal­leries about the Amer­i­can Civil Rights Move­ment; and a hu­man rights gallery de­tail­ing past and on­go­ing strug­gles from around the world. Open daily. Tick­ets: adults $15, se­niors and stu­dents $13, kids $10, ac­tive military free. www.civi­land­hu­man­rights.org. 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., Down­town, 404.991.6970. Map3/H4 CHIL­DREN’S MUSEUM OF AT­LANTA— This newly ren­o­vated, ex­panded museum al­lows kids to build and launch a rocket, paint a mas­ter­piece, con­struct a house, and even climb through the Earth’s core. Hands-on play and ex­ploratory learn­ing get your child’s gears turn­ing in new ways. A won­der­ful toy store is also on-site. Adults must be ac­com­pa­nied by a child, and vice versa. Open daily. Tick­ets: $14.95. www.chil­drens­mu­se­u­mat­lanta.org. 275 Cen­ten­nial Olympic Park Drive, Down­town, 404.659.5437. Map3/H4 COL­LEGE FOOT­BALL HALL OF FAME & CHICK-FIL-A FAN EX­PE­RI­ENCE— This mas­sive at­trac­tion of­fers im­mer­sive and in­ter­ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ences while hon­or­ing the pageantry and time­less tra­di­tions of col­lege foot­ball. Per­son­al­ize an all-ac­cess pass with your foot­ball team at reg­is­tra­tion. Open daily. Tick­ets: adults $19.99; se­niors, stu­dents and military $17.99; ages 3-12 $16.99, ages 3 and un­der free. www.cf­b­hall.com. 250 Ma­ri­etta St. NW, At­lanta, GA, 404.880.4800. Map3/I3 FERNBANK MUSEUM OF NAT­U­RAL HIS­TORY— Ex­hibits at this nat­u­ral his­tory museum cover the world’s largest di­nosaurs, nat­u­ral his­tory, na­ture and more. An IMAX theater is on premises (movies tick­ets not in­cluded in museum ad­mis­sion). M-Sa 10 am-5 pm, Su noon-5 pm. Adults $18 se­niors and stu­dents $17, chil­dren ages 3-12 $16, 2 and un­der free. www.fern­bankmu­seum.org. 767 Clifton Road NE, Druid Hills, 404.929.6300. Map1/D7 GE­OR­GIA STATE CAPI­TOL— A Na­tional His­toric Land­mark, the 1889 build­ing was de­signed to re­sem­ble the U.S. Capi­tol in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. His­tor­i­cal mark­ers on the grounds ex­plain how the city was re­built af­ter the Civil War. Lo­cated on the fourth floor of the capi­tol, a museum dis­plays ex­hibits about Ge­or­gia’s re­sources, his­tory and gov­ern­ment, plus quirky ar­ti­facts. M-F 8 am-5:30 pm. Tours M-F at 10&11 am and 1&2 pm. Free ad­mis­sion. www.sos.state.ga.us. 206 Wash­ing­ton St., Down­town, 404.656.2844. Map3/K4 JIMMY CARTER LI­BRARY & MUSEUM— This museum de­tails Pres­i­dent Carter’s life, in­clud­ing his Navy ca­reer and the work both he and Ros­alynn have done since leav­ing the White House. The replica of the Oval Of­fice is a must see. Check web­site for spe­cial events and ex­hibits. Tick­ets: adults

$8; se­niors, stu­dents and military $6, ages 16 and un­der free. Open daily. www.jim­my­carter­li­brary.gov. 441 Free­dom Pkwy. NE, Mid­town, 404.865.7100. Map1/D7 MICHAEL C. CAR­LOS MUSEUM— This Emory Univer­sity museum fo­cuses on art and ob­jects from an­cient civ­i­liza­tions. Find mum­mies and ar­ti­facts from an­cient Egypt, and an­cient col­lec­tions from Greece, Rome and Amer­ica. Closed M. Tours Su at 2 pm. Ad­mis­sion: $6-8. www.car­los.emory.edu. 571 South Kilgo Cir­cle, De­catur, 404.727.4282. Map1/D7 OAK­LAND CEME­TERY— At­lanta’s old­est ceme­tery is home to lo­cal lu­mi­nar­ies—in­clud­ing Bobby Jones and Mar­garet Mitchell—who are in­terred along­side Con­fed­er­ate sol­diers who died dur­ing the At­lanta Cam­paign in 1864. Open daily; free ad­mis­sion. Check web­site for tour times and prices. www.oak­land­ceme­tery.com. 248 Oak­land Ave. SE, Grant Park, 404.688.2107. Map3/M7 WREN’S NEST HOUSE MUSEUM— At­lanta’s old­est house museum was the home of Joel Chan­dler Har­ris, known for the tales of Brer Rab­bit in The Un­cle Re­mus Tales. Tu-Sa 10 am-2:30 pm; sto­ry­telling Sa at 1 pm. Adults $8, se­niors and stu­dents $7, chil­dren ages 3-12 $5. www.wren­snest.org. 1050 Ralph David Aber­nathy Blvd. SW, West End, 404.753.7735. Map1/C7

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