High Museum of Art#16 in Best Things To Do in Atlanta
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, Norman Rockwell and Frederic Church. The museum also houses an impressive collection of Italian works from the 1300s to the 1900s and masks, figurative sculptures, ceramics and more from sub-Saharan Africa.
This art museum occupies three buildings filled with galleries, a 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 tours to Friday night jazz 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 museumgoers ages 6 and older costs $14.50, while kids 5 and younger get in for free. All tickets include access to the property's permanent and special exhibits, as well as its on-site amenities. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Parking rates vary by day. If you'd rather not drive, you can hop on MARTA's train and get off at the Arts Center station, or take bus No. 37 or 110, which both offer stops near the museum entrance. Learn more about the High Museum of Art on the attraction's website.
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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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