Dekalb History Center Museum is a great way to take in some beautiful pieces while spending time in the city of Decatur.
Head on over to the in-house restaurant for a delectable meal.
Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented activities and atmosphere at this museum.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Tell us about your museum.
The APEX offers a unique look at history from an African-American perspective. We do not begin our story with slavery, but rather with Africa and its rich splendor and glory. It is important to know that from this rich continent came medicine, math, architecture, science, and much more.
What are some of your unique exhibits that stand out from other museums?
The APEX has recreated scenes from Atlanta's Sweet Auburn, which Fortune Magazine in 1957 called "the richest Negro street in the world." Here you can see a replica of the Yates & Milton drug store, [which was] famous as a gathering place. You can also board the replica of a vintage trolley and watch a video called The Journey, narrated by Ossie Davis, and Sweet Auburn Street of Pride, narrated by Cicely Tyson.
Why is Black History Month important to you?
While Black History Month is important because it brings attention to a very important segment of our community, our theme here at the APEX is, "where every month is Black History Month."
What does being a black business owner mean to you?
Black business ownership is important because it symbolizes the strength and tenacity of a people who have endured hardships and emerged undaunted.
Where do you hope to see your museum and community in the next five years?
The APEX plans to build on its adjoining lot, a 90,000 square-foot facility with a complete "walk-through" [of] history in EPCOT Center fashion.
Why did you decide to work with Groupon again?
I have been so amazed and impressed with the results we have received from our association with Groupon. I did not know what to expect, but have been very pleased with having more than 2400 responses in only six months.
Anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
The APEX...was founded in 1978 by a veteran filmmaker from Philadelphia, Dan Moore, Sr. It was inspired by the life of Morehouse President, Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, and remains a source of information and inspiration.
Named the “Best Museum in Atlanta” by USA Today’s 10Best.com, the Center for Civil and Human Rights is Atlanta’s newest, must-see cultural destination. Award-winning architecture and exhibitions connect the American Civil Rights Movement to the Global Human Rights Movements through touch-screen technology, powerful videos, music, original recordings and stories of courage.
Sit at an interactive lunch counter and experience what heroic protestors braved; stand face-to-face with Human Rights champions; and witness items that changed history: Dr. King’s personal papers.
A powerful and uplifting journey providing an understanding of the role each person can play in helping to protect the rights of all people..
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 résumé 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
Tiberius, Rome's second emperor, stares at each visitor who enters the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University. His eyes are steady, his expression one of quiet contemplation, and his head—thanks to the Museum's in-house conservation team—a vision of white Parian marble. The Museum, located on Emory University's campus, exhibits more than 17,000 artifacts like this one. Through diverse displays, they transport visitors back to ancient Egypt, Nubia, Greece, Rome, the Near East, Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
Tiberius is certainly one of the Museum's more prominent pieces, but it is by no means the oldest. The Greek and Roman collection encompasses Neolithic works that stretch back to 4,000 BC. Egyptian exhibits travel back even further into civilization's earliest prehistory. Many of the coffins and mummies come from one of Emory's own, Professor William Shelton. He traveled to Egypt in 1920, and among other things, brought back the oldest Egyptian mummy in the Americas, the Old Kingdom Mummy.
Other galleries contain 2,300 objects from the ancient Americas. More still travel deep into South Asia, allowing visitors to view one of the Museum's more significant pieces: a rare sculpture of the 18-armed cosmic Vishnu above his numerous attendants—a reflection of the stunning artistry of India's medieval period.
Such a sprawling and eclectic collection would perhaps be overwhelming if not for the Museum's educational programs. History and art experts lead tours and teach classes for both adults and children, including a regularly occurring session on Saturdays known as "Artful Stories at the Museum." During these free events, kids hear stories of ancient civilizations, before creating their own works of art based on the day's teachings.
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
Newly reopened after expansive renovations, Children’s Museum of Atlanta continues to offer an array of interactive educational exhibits for children and families, now with two additional permanent exhibits, a new performance space, and an entirely new 3,000 square-foot level among other upgrades and additions. The programming, too, has been enhanced, with a new focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) programming, which has introduced a host of new areas of learning to the museum, including literacy, culture and geography, health and wellness, and social and emotional health.
In addition to the play- and exploration-based exhibits, Children's Museum also hosts a troupe of professional actors and educators known as the Imaginators—considered "experts on entertaining children" by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution— who 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. Children's Museum also offers private birthday parties.