The National Civil War Naval Museum takes modern-day visitors through the little-traveled footsteps of the sailors who fought in the Civil War, telling the story of the country's deadliest war from a naval point of view. Exhibits detail the technology and commerce that soldiers encountered, and provide a human backdrop with stories about soldiers and slaves affected by Civil War navies. Guided tours feature uniformed sailors who interpret the history of everyday life aboard a Civil War vessel or tell the story of a ship that served in the war. For a spookier outing, nighttime tours explore paranormal anomalies and analyze evidence from ghost investigations that happened in the museum.
The night's sky envelops visitors in the Coca-Cola Space Science Center like the comforting hug of an astronaut. The heavens sparkle overhead, and galaxies radiate their brilliance—but they don't always behave normally. Sometimes they travel into the past and show what the sky looked like hundreds of years ago. Other times the constellations are arranged as they'll be in some distant future. The sky's ever-changing nature is thanks to the center's Omnisphere Theater, a high-resolution domed movie screen that can project trips through the universe. Other areas of the center include the Mead Observatory and its many telescopes.
Explorations in Antiquity Center give modern visitors a taste of daily life in the ancient Middle Eastern world. The Center's founder, archeologist James Fleming, has filled each room with authentic artifacts from his excavations in Israel, as well as faithful replicas of objects found in ancient Persia, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Visitors can immerse themselves in realistic settings including a Roman theater, a 2,000-year-old village, and a goat-hair tent like the ones used by nomadic shepherds. They also learn about worship practices of people from 2,500 BCE to 500 CE by visiting houses of worship excavated in Israel or a catacomb modeled on those where early Christians once prayed.
The staff at LaGrange Art Museum are focused on collecting and preserving works of art, right down to the building itself. The museum is housed in a shining example of Victorian architecture from the 1890s, which first served as the Troup County Jail and later the LaGrange Daily News. Today, it houses the museum's special exhibits and permanent collection, which includes 440 works that primarily focus on Southern American art from the 20th century.
The Georgia Children's Museum invigorates young minds with a healthy dose of fun, interactive educational exhibits and events. Curious kids can embark on an international trip in the Passport to the World exhibit, in which younglings absorb different cultures by trying on Japanese kimonos, dropping beats on handmade African drums, and fencing with French baguettes. Wee ones learn through play at the Little Learners' Loft, which lets kids investigate a dinosaur’s world, discover the culture of Native Americans, and embrace their inner Shakespeare in a puppet show. Finally, precocious tots can take their newfound wealth of knowledge and share it with others in the WGCM Studios exhibit. Up-and-coming anchorpeople can deliver a news broadcast or forecast upcoming soda storms from cotton-candy clouds.
With more than 43,000 square feet of wall space displaying more than 3,000 different sports artifacts and memorabilia, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame celebrates the state’s greatest swimmers, skiers, shooters, short stops, and more. An ever-rotating range of exhibits fills the hallowed sports halls of this Macon museum, where more than 300 athletes are applauded for their athletic endeavors and record-setting jaw lines. Members gain access to GSHF's February 26 induction ceremony, honoring such gaming greats as Robert Davis, Joe DeLany, and James "J.T." Thomas. On the second Saturday evenings in March, April, and May, classic sports flicks such as the Bad News Bears, Hoosiers, and Rudy play in the 205-seat GSHF Theater during the sports film series, inviting you to root for the underdog or challenging you to remain staunchly neutral. Additional member benefits include 10% off at the museum gift shop, invitations to important museum events, and two guest passes. Museum members must give the Sports Hall of Fame their e-mail address in order to receive event invitations.