June 25, 2000
As the museum is on the campus of Emory University, there is a charge for parking on the weekdays. This charge is from $1-$5 depending on the length of your visit. Weekend parking is free, and the museum is open on Saturday from 10-5.
I would advise a Saturday visit, if possible, as traffic and parking in general are going to be the easiest to deal with on a weekend. Also the museum is the least crowded then.
There is a suggested contribution of $5 at the door, but there is no formal admission fee to the museum.
My son was most interested in seeing a mummy, and there was one on display along with several sarcophagi. We found it interesting to learn that Ancient Egyptians believed that all souls would have one day of judgement before being allowed to enter into a new life. The evil deeds in a person's heart were stuck on a scale with a feather. If the deeds were heavier than the feather, the person's soul was destroyed. Therefore, Egyptians often put sacred Scarab Beetles on their hearts. The beetles were to ask the heart not to bear bad witness against its owner.
If you visit the Carlos with a young family member, keep in mind that a child is in a museum for visual learning alone and will not allow you to read every detail about a lot of the displays. Still, my son and I had a grand world tour as we moved from room to room. He found a long stairway up to the third floor where there was a wonderful African exhibit. Hence, afterwards, we said Andrew found the secret passage to Africa in the museum. He really liked looking at the warrior's shirt with various animal teeth and claws tied onto the leather-like fabric.
TIP: The bookstore is marvelous and worth a look. There are many wonderful items for kids in every price range as well as many things that will interest any adult with an interest in history.
From journal Atlanta with the Family