Atlanta History Center

★★★★★
Visit award winning exhibitions, museums, historic houses and gardens on the unique campus at the Atlanta History Center.
  • 130 West Paces Ferry Rd NW

    Atlanta, GA 30305

    Map & Directions
  • 404-814-4000

About Atlanta History Center

Hours
Swan House & Tullie Smith Farm House Tours Monday - Saturday: 11:00AM - 4:00PM Sunday: 1:00PM ? 4:00PM Kenan Research Center Hours of Operation Wednesday - Saturday: 10:00AM ? 5:00PM

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Good history museum. They try and change it up a bit with different exhibits and lectures. Glad to be a member. Easy Parking

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Good history museum. They try and change it up a bit with different exhibits and lectures. Glad to be a member. Easy Parking

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The Atlanta History Center is absolutely one of my favorite places in Atlanta. I am currently an intern here at the AHC, but my love for this organization goes back 8 years.\r
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The Atlanta History Center is absolutely one of my favorite places in Atlanta. I am currently an intern here at the AHC, but my love for this organization goes back 8 years.\r
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When my family moved to Atlanta, the AHC was one of the

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the ballroom is spacious and beautiful with it's tall, decorative ceiling, large windows, and wood floors. Parking is right next to the entrance to the ballroom and there is plenty for everyone... trust me. I had my junior prom there and it was the nicest I could have imagined.

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the ballroom is spacious and beautiful with it's tall, decorative ceiling, large windows, and wood floors. Parking is right next to the entrance to the ballroom and there is plenty for everyone... trust me. I had my junior prom there and it was the nicest I could have imagined.

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The Atlanta History Center offers wonderful school group tours. The tours are informational and the guides treat the students as the teacher would. I enjoy visiting.

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The Atlanta History Center offers wonderful school group tours. The tours are informational and the guides treat the students as the teacher would. I enjoy visiting.

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I had to go here for my History 2112 class and was hesitant at first, but was really touched by the exhibits that I saw. I loved the metro frontiers gallery that showed the progress Atlanta has made in the past 130 years.

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I had to go here for my History 2112 class and was hesitant at first, but was really touched by the exhibits that I saw. I loved the metro frontiers gallery that showed the progress Atlanta has made in the past 130 years.

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The Atlanta History Center is much more than just a museum. Yes, you will find Atlanta's complete history here and much more. The Tullie Smith Farm is where you will find a working village of an 1840's plantation. You can watch a blacksmith, candle makers, farmers, and much more Pioneer life. Also at the History Center is the Swan Coach House, which serves a nice Southern lunch and plays host to many a bridal shower and wedding parties.

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The Atlanta History Center is much more than just a museum. Yes, you will find Atlanta's complete history here and much more. The Tullie Smith Farm is where you will find a working village of an 1840's plantation. You can watch a blacksmith, candle makers, farmers, and much more Pioneer life. Also at the History Center is the Swan Coach House, which serves a nice Southern lunch and plays host to many a bridal shower and wedding parties.

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My husband and I had memberships at The History Center for some time before we ever thought of taking my grandchildren there. The twin boys, at 5, and their 6 year old sister are sometimes a little too energetic for museums. But they loved the history center!The interactive displays were a huge hit. The boys were fascinated with anything that you could touch or cause to make noise. Their sister loved the playhouse. They ran, jumped, and tumbled, all over the gorgeous grounds. Benchs turned out to be just the right height for leaping off of, so I would advise vigilance there. But, overall, The History Center is a wonderful family adventure.

PROS: Very well-designed displays, family friendly staff, beautiful grounds
CONS: Atlanta traffic is sometimes heavy in this location

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My husband and I had memberships at The History Center for some time before we ever thought of taking my grandchildren there. The twin boys, at 5, and their 6 year old sister are sometimes a little too energetic for museums. But they loved the history center!The interactive displays were a huge hit. The boys were fascinated with anything that you could touch or cause to make noise. Their sister loved the playhouse. They ran, jumped, and tumbled, all over the gorgeous grounds. Benchs turned out to be just the right height for leaping off of, so I would advise vigilance there. But, overall, The History Center is a wonderful family adventure.

PROS: Very well-designed displays, family friendly staff, beautiful grounds
CONS: Atlanta traffic is sometimes heavy in this location

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A Day at the Atlanta History Center is probably one of the most enriching days that you have ever spent. The exhibits basically bring alive what it was like to live in Atlanta in the past. The center provides powerful insight into the black/white seperation that ruled the South for many decades. In addition, the center includes two polarly opposite houses which give a startling insight into how different classes lived in Atlanta (one is a rural farm and the other is a opulent mega-mansion). Plan on spending an entire day. Admission is $12 for adults.

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A Day at the Atlanta History Center is probably one of the most enriching days that you have ever spent. The exhibits basically bring alive what it was like to live in Atlanta in the past. The center provides powerful insight into the black/white seperation that ruled the South for many decades. In addition, the center includes two polarly opposite houses which give a startling insight into how different classes lived in Atlanta (one is a rural farm and the other is a opulent mega-mansion). Plan on spending an entire day. Admission is $12 for adults.

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The Atlanta History Center contains much more than just the history of Atlanta. It also includes history of Georgia, the South and the nation and contains items from the early 19th century to the present. There are permanent and temporary exhibits, military items, folk art, textiles, the exquisitely restored Swan House and the Tullie Smith Farm living history center. The Atlanta History Center is much more than just history, however. It also includes a tour of the surrounding gardens and nature trails. We've enjoyed every visit here. Our only complaint is that we never have enough time to fully enjoy all the History Center has to offer.

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The Atlanta History Center contains much more than just the history of Atlanta. It also includes history of Georgia, the South and the nation and contains items from the early 19th century to the present. There are permanent and temporary exhibits, military items, folk art, textiles, the exquisitely restored Swan House and the Tullie Smith Farm living history center. The Atlanta History Center is much more than just history, however. It also includes a tour of the surrounding gardens and nature trails. We've enjoyed every visit here. Our only complaint is that we never have enough time to fully enjoy all the History Center has to offer.

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The Atlanta History Center is located off West Paces Ferry Road in Northeast Atlanta. It takes about two or three hours to see everything it has to offer and that is if you don't go to the Swan House's servants quarters for concessions.

With the museum, the Swan House, and the Tullie Smith House, the area encompasses 32 acres of land showing what life was like in Atlanta before, during, and after the Civil War. The Museum, an 83,000 square foot civil war exhibit, shows off the Atlanta Campaign for the war. With swords, guns, ammo, flags, war memorabilia, and a wooden wagon used by Sherman. It also has permanent exhibits that rotate with tidbits of southern and city culture. "Gone with the Wind" and other American South legacies are on display with that.

The Swan House is a double stair cased mansion decorated in swan motifs and built in 1928. Even with its latter building some of the furniture pieces date to the 1700's inside the mansion. There are guided tours throughout the House to replicate life after the war.

The Tullie Smith house gazes the life during the war, with its building in 1933. It is one of the very few pre-civil war houses that are still left standing today. The history of the house tells of its owners being big plantation owners, possessing some 800 acres and 11 slaves. Inside the house you get demonstrations of yarn spinning, cooking, and how food was stored at the turn of the century.

Take time to walk the trails that wander throughout the woods and gardens, and if you get hungry there is a restaurant and gift shop located in the former servants quarters at the Swan House.

PROS: trails, memorabilia, historical, interesting
CONS: Will take all day if you let it :)

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The Atlanta History Center is located off West Paces Ferry Road in Northeast Atlanta. It takes about two or three hours to see everything it has to offer and that is if you don't go to the Swan House's servants quarters for concessions.

With the museum, the Swan House, and the Tullie Smith House, the area encompasses 32 acres of land showing what life was like in Atlanta before, during, and after the Civil War. The Museum, an 83,000 square foot civil war exhibit, shows off the Atlanta Campaign for the war. With swords, guns, ammo, flags, war memorabilia, and a wooden wagon used by Sherman. It also has permanent exhibits that rotate with tidbits of southern and city culture. "Gone with the Wind" and other American South legacies are on display with that.

The Swan House is a double stair cased mansion decorated in swan motifs and built in 1928. Even with its latter building some of the furniture pieces date to the 1700's inside the mansion. There are guided tours throughout the House to replicate life after the war.

The Tullie Smith house gazes the life during the war, with its building in 1933. It is one of the very few pre-civil war houses that are still left standing today. The history of the house tells of its owners being big plantation owners, possessing some 800 acres and 11 slaves. Inside the house you get demonstrations of yarn spinning, cooking, and how food was stored at the turn of the century.

Take time to walk the trails that wander throughout the woods and gardens, and if you get hungry there is a restaurant and gift shop located in the former servants quarters at the Swan House.

PROS: trails, memorabilia, historical, interesting
CONS: Will take all day if you let it :)

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The history center is a great place for locals and guests to learn and experience Atlanta's history. The exhibit is extensive and you could spend a day just reading all of the material. Soda fountain downstairs and outbuildings that allow you to experience the history before your eyes round out a great museum.

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The history center is a great place for locals and guests to learn and experience Atlanta's history. The exhibit is extensive and you could spend a day just reading all of the material. Soda fountain downstairs and outbuildings that allow you to experience the history before your eyes round out a great museum.

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There are great 'natural history' museums, and there are great art, or science or other museums. I think this is the best museum I've seen that is just about the local area. It is incredible that you could spend a whole day just

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There are great 'natural history' museums, and there are great art, or science or other museums. I think this is the best museum I've seen that is just about the local area. It is incredible that you could spend a whole day just

Pros: Comprehensive, Varied, Changing Exhibits

Cons: Location (no marta), some exhibits worn, more kid stuff

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As a northerner and relative newcomer to the area, I found the Atlanta History Center to offer a comprehensive history of the area. It's one thing to "know" about Atlanta history and another to immerse yourself in the artifacts and stories

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As a northerner and relative newcomer to the area, I found the Atlanta History Center to offer a comprehensive history of the area. It's one thing to "know" about Atlanta history and another to immerse yourself in the artifacts and stories

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