History and Science Museums in Atlanta


Explore topics of history, science and more at these museums

Photo credit: Courtesy of the Children’s Museum of Atlanta

By LC staff Wednesday, October 23, 2019 2:18 p.m. EDT

Check out this list of Atlanta museums where you can learn about natural history and science in addition to Atlanta’s Civil War history:

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History Museum

African-American Panoramic Experience features permanent exhibits depicting history from the perspective of African Americans. Includes a replica of the Yates and Milton Drug Store, one of Atlanta’s first black-owned businesses, and other Af… | After…

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Atlanta History Center

History Museum, Tourist Attractions

Founded in 1926, the center includes the Atlanta History Museum with iconic and traveling exhibits, the Smith Family Farm, the 1928 Swan House mansion, research archives/specialty libraries, and 22 acres of gardens. | After…

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Delta Flight Museum

History Museum, Tourist Attractions

Housed in Delta’s two 1940s aircraft hangars. Includes Ship 41, the first Douglas DC-3 to carry Delta passengers in 1940; the Spirit of Delta, Delta’s first Boeing 767; and a replica of the first Delta station in Monroe, Louisiana, in 1929. The 747 Experience, the newest addition to the Delta Flight … | After…

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Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Government Organization, History Museum, Sights & Landmarks

Offers free, self-guided tours of the Currency Museum and Visitor Center. The museum presents an exhibition on the history of money; interactive multimedia exhibits explaining the role of the Federal Reserve in the economy; and a view of the bank’s automated safe and cash handling areas. In addition, … | After…

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Gone with the Wind Museum at Brumby Hall

History Museum, Tourist Attractions

The Marietta ‘Gone with the Wind’ Museum in historic Brumby Hall is a walk through time. A not-to-be-missed refreshing stop for all fans of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and Oscar-winning film. The museum is often mentioned as one of the best stops for tourists wishing to explore the Southern Ant… | After…

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Gwinnett History Museum

History Museum

Originally built in the 1830s, this historic building was first used as the county’s graduation school for young women, Lawrenceville Female Seminary. After being destroyed by fire, it was rebuilt in 1855 and was later converted into a “civic center” for community activities, and at one time… | After…

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Herndon House Museum

History Museum

Although born into slavery, Alonzo Herndon became a barbershop magnate and Atlanta’s wealthiest black man in the early 20th century. His mansion is available for tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. | After…

Marietta Fire Museum

Marietta Fire Museum

Tourist Attractions, History Museum

Features firefighting techniques and equipment from the 1800s to the present day. Highlights include the “Aurora”, a 139-year-old horse-drawn Silsby Steamer fire engine. | After…

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Marietta History Museum

Tourist Attractions, History Museum

A small museum on the second floor of an 1845 building that houses exhibits on topics as varied as the Dahlonega Gold Rush, the famous Union attempt to steal a Confederate locomotive, and the growth of the factory Bell Bomber Company, now part of Lockheed/Martin. | After…

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Millennium Gate Museum

Tourist Attractions, History Museum

The Millennium Gate is a monumental, classically styled arch located inside Atlantic Station in central Atlanta, historically called “The Gate City”. The Gate houses a 12,000 square foot museum that tells the story of Georgia and Atlanta through interactive technology, plus films, period rooms… | After…

Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences

Museum of Arts and Sciences

Tourist Attractions, Natural History Museum

From humble beginnings in a single rented room to a state-of-the-art 50,000 square foot facility on a 14-acre campus, the Museum of Arts and Sciences (MAS) represents more than half a century of community investment in education . Its founders – educators and civic leaders – had a vision: to create a… | After…

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Holocaust History and Education Museum

Tourist Attractions, History Museum

The Museum of Holocaust History and Education comprises a division within the Department of Museums, Archives, and Rare Books (MARB) at Kennesaw State University. Formed in 2010, the Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books is under the executive direction of Dr. Catherine Lewis, Professor of History… | After…

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Southeastern Railway Museum

Tourist Attractions, History Museum

This museum features two trains in the showroom, over 70 pieces of retired railway rolling stock, and train rides in restored vans. | After…

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Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History

History Museum, Tourist Attractions

The Southern Museum opened in 1972 as the Big Shanty Museum in Kennesaw, Georgia. It featured the famous General locomotive and was dedicated to telling the story of the “Great Locomotive Chase” of April 12, 1862, an event that briefly elevated the engine and the town of Kennesaw to prominence for… | After…

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The Bremen Museum

History Museum, Tourist Attractions

CL: Numerous documents and profiles record Atlanta’s Jewish history, making the museum the largest of its kind in the Southeast. Particularly noteworthy for special exhibits that emphasize the value of tolerance and diversity.


The Youth Museum

Tourist Attractions, Organization, History Museum

The Youth Museum is a non-profit educational center offering imaginative tours for elementary and middle school classes. Set in a natural setting, the Museum of Youth property is adjacent to the Cheatham Hill area of ​​Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield National Park, three miles west of Marietta Square… | After…

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Waffle House Museum

History Museum, Tourist Attractions

You heard right, we said “Waffle House Museum”. In 1955, neighbors Joe Roger Sr. and Tom Forkner launched a plan to smother and blanket the world (or at least Avondale Estates) with meals around the clock. More than 50 years and 1,600 restaurants later, the chain’s original location still serves as a test… | After…

Root House Museum

William Root House Museum and Garden

History Museum, Tourist Attractions

Visit one of the oldest homes in the Atlanta area and learn about the life of a middle-class family living in pre-war Georgia. Home to the Root family from 1845 to 1886, the Root House is more representative of its time and place than the grand plantations and columned mansions popularized by Gone With the… | After…


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