Atlanta's attractions, museums and historical sites are as diverse as the city digging into topics like contemporary art, the American Civil Rights movement, local history, ocean conservation, papermaking and everything in between. A quick way to score tickets to these and other top Atlanta destinations is with CityPASS, which offers admission to the city's most popular attractions at a reduced rate rolled into one ticket price. Use this handy guide like a cultural à la carte menu—pick and choose the stops that suit your interests.
The center includes the Atlanta History Museum, the Cyclorama, 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 $21.50, seniors and students $18, ages 4-12 $9, children under 4 free.
This is one of USA Today's 10 best museums in Atlanta. Here, you'll find exhibitions about the Holocaust, Jewish arts and culture, and the history of Atlanta's Jewish community. Learn about contributions Jewish people have made to Atlanta from 1845 to the present. Su-Th 10 am-5 pm, F 10 am-4 pm.
Upon entering this high-tech attraction, visitors come face to face with a wall of 768 college football helmets. Exploring this massive college football shrine’s three stories lands visitors on a 45-yard indoor football field and sitting in Georgia’s only 4K movie theater, among many other interactive activities.
This unique museum features award-winning exhibitions that focus on a variety of public health topics, as well as the history of the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention). Four temporary exhibitions—each related to the CDC’s work—are mounted each year. M-F, 9 am-5 pm, open Th until 7 pm. Free admission.
Designed in 1983 by Richard Meier, the High was named one of the 10 best works of American architecture of the 1980s by the American Institute of Architects. Italian Architect Renzo Piano’s expansion in 2005 doubled the size of the space while maintaining the minimalist look.
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 $12; seniors, students and military $10, ages 16 and under free.
The official memorial dedicated to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Exhibits illustrate his life and teachings; highlights include Freedom Hall and The Eternal Flame. The King Center Library, archives, King’s final resting place, a gift shop and other facilities are also on-site. Daily 9 am-5 pm. Free admission.
The area, run by the National Parks Service, is home to the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Change, Ebenezer Baptist Church, the King Birth Home, and more. All of the attractions offer free admission; call for individual hours. Highlights and Tips:
This Emory University museum focuses on art and objects from ancient civilizations. “Ancient Egypt, Nubian and the Near Eastern Art” features mummies and ancient artifacts; additional collections include Greek and Roman, Ancient America and Works on Paper. Tu-F 10 am-4 pm, Sa 10 am-5 pm, Su noon-5 pm. Tours Su at 2 pm.
MODA is the only museum in the Southeast dedicated exclusively to the study and celebration of all things design. Formed in 1989 as the Atlanta International Museum of Art & Design, MODA's mission is to advance the understanding and appreciation of design.