Housed inside a 100-foot-tall monumental arch, The Millennium Gate Museum is a dramatic reminder of Atlanta's oft-forgotten nickname, "The Gate City." Planted in the midst of bustling Atlantic Station in Midtown, the museum offers visitors a chance to slow down and be reminded of the rich history of their fair city. Through displays of artifacts and artwork, its exhibits preserve Atlanta's cultural heritage and broadcast its significance to the rest of the world.
The Building: Rodney Mims Cook Jr., a champion of classical architecture, designed The Gate—as the arch is known—to mimic classic Roman triumphal arches; its base houses the 12,000-square-foot museum
Eye Catcher: Three period rooms, all designed and decorated to be historically accurate, include the Coca-Cola mogul Thomas K. Glenn's 19th century office, complete with a roll-top desk and antique typewriter
Permanent Mainstay: In the 19th- and 20th-century galleries, photographs and artifacts teach visitors about the lives of families who helped shape Atlanta
Hands-On Exhibits: In the 21st-century interactive gallery, a wave of the hand allows guests to compare historic and modern images of Atlanta's landmarks to learn about how the city's evolved over 150 years
Bodies…The Exhibition presents a guided tour through the intricate structures that make up the human body. More than 200 preserved human bodies demonstrate the vital systems, such as the digestive, respiratory, and nervous, the last of which only kicks in during first dates and speeches.
Conveniently located in the Selig Center, across the street from the Center for Puppetry Arts, the Breman Jewish Heritage & Holocaust Museum focuses on educating its visitors on Jewish history, and promoting universal themes like diversity and human dignity. The museum itself is tiny, but comes packed with interesting artifacts and tidbits about Jewish history in Atlanta and beyond. With such interesting pieces on display in the permanent collection, plus a continually flowing stream of exhibits, it’ll likely take several visits to really let the experience sink in. All the more reason to visit the gift shop, which stocks all manner of Jewish literature, holiday gifts and trinkets.
When the Center for Puppetry Arts opened its doors in 1978, Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog were on hand to cut the ribbon. Fittingly, one of its first major exhibitions, The Art of the Muppets in 1981, attracted more than 50,000 attendees. Since then, the center has matured into a multifaceted complex equal parts museum, performance center, and hub for working artists.
Visiting The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia isn't just about seeing works that have already been deemed important. It's also about discovering what the future of art may look like. That's because the museum showcases the visual works of not only established artists, but also emerging talent throughout the state. By investing so heavily in Georgia's artistic community and making the museum's collections available to the general public, MOCA GA strives to preserve these artists' legacies for the viewing pleasure of present and future generations. The permanent collection currently features over 920 works by more than 250 different artists, including paintings, sculptures, photography, prints, and digital works from the mid 1940s to the present day.
MOCA GA's staff displays many of the pieces from the permanent collection alongside works by artists from around the world, demonstrating how Georgia's artistic community fits into a larger global context. The museum hosts rotating exhibitions throughout the year, and it encourages community engagement by regularly holding artist talks and other public programs.