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Atlanta History Center

130 West Paces Ferry Road NW | Atlanta, GA 30305 | Official website
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  • Type: Museums, Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.7)
Value: 4.5 (4.5)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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Spread across 33 acres in one of the trendiest neighborhoods of the city (Buckhead), the Atlanta History Center seeks to explore Georgia's past through comprehensive exhibitions, historic homes, and miles of gardens and trails. The center's primary facility is the Atlanta History Museum, which showcases exhibits that span the region's history, from Native American culture to life in the antebellum South. 

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 with 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. Meanwhile, bookworms won't want to miss a tour of the Margaret Mitchell House. In the author's three-story Tudor Revival home, she penned her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "Gone With the Wind."

Tickets, which grant admission to all of the center's attractions, cost $16.50 for adults, $13 for seniors and students, and $11 for kids ages 4 to 12. Entrance is free for children younger than 4. If you choose to drive, you'll find free parking at the history center. If you're arriving by public transit, southbound bus No. 110 (Peachtree Street/"The Peach" bus) will get you the closest. Hours of operation vary by building, but the Atlanta History Center is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Sundays. Check the history center's website for more details about the hours of its other attractions. 

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