Trip Planner:   USA  /  Georgia  /  Atlanta  /  Atlanta History Center

Atlanta History Center, Atlanta

4.6
Garden · Historic Site
Walk through Atlanta History Center and imagine what Margaret Mitchell saw while writing "Gone with the Wind." As you tour historical houses and stroll through the gardens, you'll learn about the history of Atlanta. Exhibits range from a comprehensive Civil War exhibit to a complete collection of Olympic medals. Goizueta Gardens is home to exotic plants, a garden typical of those in 1860s, and rare regional flowers. The Cherokee Garden Library holds over 28,000 objects and books related to botanical history. Plan trip to Atlanta with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
Create an itinerary including Atlanta History Center
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Atlanta History Center reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
1,404 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • Thoroughly enjoyed the history center however it also appears that they now have a different slant on the history than they ever did before. I didn't know that history has changed.  more »
  • The exhibits are well laid out and brightly lit. The depiction of the Civil War battle of Atlanta in the 1000+ foot circular painting from the 1800's called the Cyclorama is AMAZING. There is diarame....  more »
Google
  • My family and I really enjoyed the Atlanta History Museum. There were some really neat exhibits and some really amazing stories and artifacts! I loved the fact that they have the Swan House and Smith Family Farm as a part of the museum. I did feel like there could have been more in certain areas and that they could have delved deeper into much of the history of Atlanta. I wasn’t able to see the 360*? Part of the museum but will definitely go back to experience that! If you love Museum or don’t have a lot of experience with them this is a really good place to start!
  • We thoroughly enjoyed all of the exhibits we went to. The Texas locomotive was restored perfectly and the information about it and "The Great Chase" was great. They even had a "engineer" in the cab telling about it and answering questions. The cyclorama depicting the Battle of Atlanta was restored wonderfully. My only complaint is that the presentation was almost totally about the history of the painting. It was good, but I miss the history lesson of the Battle of Atlanta that I heard as a boy when it was at Grant Park. I wish they had options for two different presentations; history of the painting, and history of the Battle. The Civil Was exhibit was the best I've seen. There was so much information. Be sure to get the free headsets so you can listen to extra information. The Swan House is so interesting to go through. Be sure to find a docent and ask questions; you will learn so much more. The Tully Smith House and other buildings were also well done. Note also that all of the items in this house are "touch friendly". We didn't have time to see the other exhibits, so we need to go back. The Margaret Mitchell House is also included in the price of admission and you have 9 days to go see it. Again, everything in this museum is so well done, interesting, and educational.

Plan your trip to Atlanta

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Atlanta

See all ›
4.4
Duration: 4 hours
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
5.0
Duration: 3 hours

Historic Sites in Atlanta

See all ›
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
4.0
Duration: 2h 30 min

Museums in Atlanta

See all ›
3.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min

Side trips from Atlanta

4.2
Duration: 4 hours
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
4.9
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Atlanta

4.7
Duration: 2 hours
5.0
Duration: 8 hours
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
4.4
Duration: 2 hours

Nearby attractions in Atlanta

4.9
Duration: 3 hours
4.4
Duration: 4 hours
5.0
Duration: 3h 30 min
5.0
Duration: 3 hours
4.1
Duration: 4 hours
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
3.1
Duration: 2 hours