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Atlanta History Center

130 W Paces Ferry Rd NW | Atlanta, GA 30305 | Official website
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  • Type: Museums, Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.2)
Value: 4.5 (4.5)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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Located in one of the trendiest neighborhoods of the city, the Atlanta History Center seeks to explore Atlanta's past. The center's primary facility is the Atlanta History Museum, with exhibits that span the region's history, from Native American culture to life in the antebellum South. According to one TripAdvisor user, "The 'War between the States' exhibit is wonderfully recorded. [...] But don't miss the Southern Arts as well."

Near the museum is the Swan House, a restored estate originally built in 1928 that gives visitors a different perspective into the city's history. Living up to its name, every room supposedly has at least one swan (motif) in it. Outside of the house, the Swan Woods Trail is lined by beautiful plants native to Georgia. Nearby, you can also see how the other half lived at the Tullie Smith Farm, a plantation house from the mid-1800s: Costumed "farmers" give demonstrations of 19th-century farming techniques throughout the day.

Tickets—which cost $16.50 for adults—grant admission to the entire complex, including the museum. Hours of operation vary by building; you can find more details on the center's website.

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