Atlanta History Center

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by barbara on March 19, 2001

The Atlanta History Center is located near the Govenor's mansion on beautiful West Paces Ferry. I have visited several times with my family and never been disappointed. Plan for a minimum of three hours to properly explore the Tullie Smith Farm (a must with kids--there is a petting zoo--staff is in period dress--get a glimpse of life on a Southern farm in 1845) and Swan House (a Southern mansion from the early 1900's) as well as the main building.

A large section of the museum is dedicated to the Civil War or the War Between the States. Of course this devastating chapter in our country's history made a huge impact upon the city of Atlanta. There are several movies that give brief histories of the various campaigns fought in and around Atlanta as well as touch upon the politics of the day. Although I already knew that this war claimed more American lives than any other in the history of the United States, I was shocked to read that over 650,000 soldiers were dead upon its conclusion. Anyone that is curious about American history would enjoy this permanent exhibit.

There are also rotating exhibits that are interesting and should entice Atlanta residents to visit the Center more than once. One time I explored a fascinating toy exhibit. I got to play the original Pac Man. How old I felt to see many of the toys from my own childhood on display in a museum!!! Upon the next visit, however, the toys were gone, replaced by a wonderful Mr. Roger's Neighborhood exhibit for kids. My son loved pulling the buttons on the trolley, playing with the puppets in a castle.

It should be noted that the museum sponsors many wonderful, special activities for kids including golf clinics (Georgia, of course, has very strong ties to this sport! There is a permanent Bobby Jones exhibit in the museum.), sheep shawling in the Tullie Smith Farm, American war re-enactments, folk arts, etc.... You may visit the History Center's website at to view a schedule of such events.

Essential Information:
Operating Hours:
Monday-Saturday 10-5:30
Sunday 12-5:30
Closed Major Holidays
$12/adult, $10/seniors, $7/kids 3-17, Free/under 3. Extra $1 fee for tours of Tullie Smith Farm and Swan House.
On-site Food:
Casual dining in the Coca Cola Cafe or more refined lunch in the Swan Coach House. Cafe open daily. Swan Coach House closed on Sundays.

Tip: Atlanta residents look for once-a-year specials in the AJC when admission to the museum is greatly reduced or free.

Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta, Georgia, 30305
+1 404 814 4000

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