Center for Puppetry Arts#20 in Best Things To Do in Atlanta
Recognized worldwide for its theatrical and programming ingenuity, the Center for Puppetry Arts preserves and celebrates puppets. At the center, visitors can attend puppetry classes, see movies like "The Muppets Take Manhattan" and attend live shows. The center's main feature is its museum. The collection catalogues the history of puppetry in Europe, Asia, the Americas and Africa. It also boasts an entire collection dedicated to Jim Henson's work. Travelers can visit with Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, the Doozers from "Fraggle Rock" and several residents of Sesame Street. The attraction also features a museum store, where visitors can purchase puppets, books, postcards and other educational gifts.
Though the center is small, recent travelers enjoyed their visits, saying that it is an absolute must-do for Jim Henson and Muppets fans. While visitors were pleasantly surprised with the depth of information available on Henson, others said that the international collection lacked substance. In addition to visiting the museum, travelers highly recommend seeing one of the puppet shows.
The museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. It is closed on Monday. Tickets cost $12.50 per person ages 2 and older. You can get an all-inclusive ticket which includes admission to the museum, a family series performance and a Create-A-Puppet Workshop for $19.50 per person. Prices and times for museum tours, special events, classes and performances vary. The center is about 3 miles north of downtown. Free parking is available on-site, but limited. You can also take the MARTA's Gold or Red line to the Arts Center station or take the No. 37 bus, which stops close to the museum. Check the Center for Puppetry Arts' website for more details.
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#1 Atlanta History Center
Spread across 33 acres in Atlanta's trendy Buckhead neighborhood, 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. Living up to its name, every room allegedly features at least one swan (motif). Outside 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 Smith Family Farm, a plantation house from the mid-1800s. Meanwhile, bookworms won't want to miss a tour of the Margaret Mitchell House, where the author penned her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "Gone With the Wind."
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