January 4, 2005
The museum is actually pretty small. It has a warehouse feel to it, with partitions separating the different sections. The building in which it is located was built in the late 1800s, right beside the railroad tracks. Inside you'll find a lot of exhibits that deal with the actors from Gone with the Wind, as well as the book's author, Margaret Mitchell. My friend's daughter was a little disappointed that they didn't have more dresses for her to see. I personally liked picking out the autographs of people like Butterfly McQueen (Prissy) on a giant movie poster that is hanging in front of the museum. We spent about 30-45 minutes walking through and reading everything.
If you don't pay the cost of the museum's admission, you can still peruse the small gift shop up front, where you can buy the book or movie version of Gone with the Wind. I couldn't resist the "Frankly, my dear..." cocktail napkins and, of course, the birthday girl got a souvenir—a glossy picture of Clark Gable and a replica of a newspaper article in the AJC announcing the movie's premiere at the Fabulous Fox Theater in Atlanta! There's also a television here to one side that is constantly playing the 1939 classic, just in case you're one of the two people in the world who hasn't yet seen it.
Bottom line? This is a good place to pop in if you're a GWTW fan and you're already in Marietta Square. After visiting the museum, you can get an ice cream or coffee and then go window-shopping in the several antiques shops nearby. There's also a small theater near the museum, and plenty of cute restaurants. A good area to spend a nice afternoon.
Museum Hours: 10am-5pm every day except Sunday and holidays. Phone: 770/794-5576
From journal Atlanta with the Family