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Struggles to establish recognition of fundamental human rights continue to take place around the world. The Center for Civil and Human Rights aims to deepen visitors' understanding of these struggles for equality by bridging the gap between past and present movements. Galleries here encourage reflection on the American Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and '60s before connecting those events to global movements happening today.

  • Size: It typically takes around 90 minutes to explore the three main galleries' exhibits of historic documents, artifacts, and interactive activities.
  • The Building: a collaborative design by The Freelon Group's Phil Freelon?Obama appointee to the National Commission of Fine Arts and recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture?and Atlanta-based HOK
  • Exhibitions: There is a civil rights exhibition created by George C. Wolfe, a respected Broadway director and writer whose r?sum? includes Tony Award?winning sensations Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk and Angels in America. The human rights gallery was curated by Jill Savitt, who serves as a special advisor at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. The Center?s unique and interactive exhibitions were designed by David Rockwell and Rockwell Group.
  • Eye Catcher: 34-foot-tall outdoor water sculpture by artist Larry Kirkland inscribed with quotes by Nelson Mandela and Margaret Mead
  • Permanent Mainstay: archival footage documenting important events and personal stories from the American Civil Rights Movement from 1954 to 1968
  • Don't Miss: the rotating selection of items from The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection, which includes handwritten notes, speech drafts, and personal effects that belonged to Dr. King
100 Ivan Allen Junior Blvd.
Atlanta,
GA
US

Shopping for groceries might sound like a chore, but it's actually one of the many fun, hands-on activities available at The Children's Museum of Atlanta. In the Fundamentally Food exhibit, kids can whip up tasty pretend meals in a playhouse kitchen and load fruits and veggies onto a delivery truck. Fundamentally Food is among the Children's Museum's year-round exhibits, whose interactive stations are geared toward children up to 8 years old. Children can mold sculptures from moon sand, create original paintings on the giant paint wall, or don raincoats before fishing in the stream of the Museum's magical forest.

The Children's Museum's troupe of professional actors and educators known as the Imaginators?considered "experts on entertaining children" by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution?specialize in performing original 20-minute musicals. Their other programs include Imaginator-led story-time, crafts, dancing, interactive music programming, and cooking activities based on Georgia produce. The Children's Museum also offers private birthday parties, summer camps, and family memberships.

275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW
Atlanta,
GA
US

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

395 17th Street Northwest
Atlanta,
GA
US

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

395 17th Street Northwest
Atlanta,
GA
US

College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience is a living, breathing, tackling experience?one that's different for every person that steps through its doors. As visitors explore the space, their custom all-access passes interact with the exhibits, bringing up the stats, players, and history of their favorite teams.

  • Size: 94,256 sq. ft. of space, including 50,000 sq. ft. of exhibits and a 45-yard indoor field where visitors can test their throws and practice arguing with a ref
  • Eye Catcher: Helmet Wall Presented by Southwest Airlines?football helmets from all 768 teams light up as visitors from different schools pass by
  • Crown Jewel: College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience, where records are enshrined and 10 augmented-reality displays show players from each visitor's favorite schools

  • Behind the Scenes: The Game Day Theater, which grants an inside look at the game through the 4K feature film The Game of Your Life
  • Don't Miss: 360 Virtual Stadiums Presented by Piedmont Healthcare, which surrounds visitors in recreations of legendary college stadiums
  • Other Interactive Activities: call a legendary play or stop by the ESPN College GameDay Desk to virtually chat alongside analysts
  • Pro Tip: come on Saturday, when a 36-foot screen broadcasts live games
233 Peachtree Street NE, Ste. 1400
Atlanta,
GA
US

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.

265 18th Street Northwest
Atlanta,
GA
US