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High Museum of Art

1280 Peachtree Street NE | Atlanta, GA 30309 | Official website
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  • Type: Museums
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 3.5 (3.5)
Value: 3.0 (3.0)
Facilities: 3.5 (3.5)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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The High Museum of Art's aesthetics begin with the physical structure itself. The Richard Meier-designed building is covered in white porcelain that is mirrored on its interior, which also features winding walking paths and an interesting light system at the top. The most noteworthy part of the collection is the 19th- and 20th-century American art, including pieces by Thomas Sully, Howard Finster and Frederic Church. You might also swing by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation collection, which features Italian works from the 1300s to the 1700s and the museum's group of sub-Saharan African art.

A recent, $130-million expansion has spread the museum out into three buildings, which has allowed for more gallery space, a new, highly recommended restaurant and a gift shop. When previous visitors weren't praising the museum's art collections, they were applauding its special events: from family festivals to Friday night musical performances, the High hosts a wealth of programs catered to a wide variety of age groups. Before you stop by, check the museum's calendar to see what's going on during your visit.

Admission for adults costs $19.50; seniors and students enter for $16.50, and children ages 6 to 17 can get in for $12. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. On Fridays, the museum stays open until 9 p.m., with half-price admission after 4 p.m. Parking rates vary by day. If you'd rather not drive, you can hop on the MARTA and get off at the Arts Center Station, or take bus No. 110 or 37, which both offer stops near the museum entrance. 

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