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Our Favorite Museums To Spend The Afternoon in Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia is one of our favorite cities in all of the United States, and it comes as no surprise when you remember it is the home of the Coca-Cola Company. Atlanta, with the busiest airport in the country is a major hub for national and international travel, which means at some point you will have the chance to visit the city.

The most famous attractions in Atlanta are based around Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta and its important role in the civil rights movement. However, Atlanta also has many museums which are a great way to spend the afternoon out of the sun. We have put together this list of our six favorite museums in Atlanta for your next vacation.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

The Fernbank Museum of Natural History looks back through time with a special focus on the flora, fauna and cultures of Atlanta and greater Georgia. It is hard to miss the 47-foot long, 8-ton Giganotosaurus towering in the center of the museum.

Behind the Fernbank Museum is an elevated walkway with two tree pods leading down into the Fernbank Forest. Walk along over two miles of paths winding through this peaceful natural oasis just minutes from bustling downtown Atlanta.

The museum is open daily from 10AM to 5PM. Admission into the Museum of Natural History is $20 for adults.

Anne Frank in the World: 1929-1945

This small museum is dedicated to the story of Anne Frank. Located on the upper floor of a shopping center, you will find over 500 images depicting the history of World War II and the Holocaust focusing on the story of Anne Frank. At the end of the exhibit there is a replica of Anne Frank’s room.

This museum is open Tuesday to Thursday from 10AM to 4PM, Friday until 2PM and on the weekends from 12PM to 4PM.

Atlanta Botanical Garden

It is a bit of a stretch to call the Atlanta Botanical Garden a museum, but that does not make it any less of a perfect destination on a sunny afternoon. Beyond the traditional flora you are used to finding in a botanical garden, there are many sculptures dotting the grounds, including several built out of flowers, most notably the Earth Goddess.

The Atlanta Botanical Garden is open April through the start of November on Tuesday to Sunday from 9AM to 7PM. Entrance tickets are $21.95 per adult.

Atlanta History Center

The Atlanta History Center has several exhibits that look at a unique perspective about the history of the region. Each one shows its part of history through a specific lens, community or event that played a significant role in Atlanta.

Beyond the main building, wind your way through the expansive gardens to see several historic homes on the grounds, including the Swan House. There is also the Smith Family Farm which displays firsthand rural farm life of the 1860s.

The Atlantic History Center is open Monday through Saturday from 10AM to 5:30PM and opens on Sunday at noon. Tickets are $21.50 and include entrance to the downtown Margaret Mitchell House.

Breman Museum

The Breman Museum: Jewish Heritage Museum in Atlanta looks at the rich history of hardships and celebrations in Jewish history and culture. The museum highlights stories from the Holocaust and the history of the Jewish community in Atlanta.

The Breman is open Sunday through Thursday from 10AM to 5PM and on Fridays until 4PM. Tickets are $12 per adult.

Delta Flight Museum

Atlanta is home to the busiest airport in the world and it comes as no surprise that one of our favorite airlines, Delta has their museum in ATL. The Delta Flight Museum is a cool and somewhat interactive museum that covers Delta Air Lines history from is start as a crop dusting operation expanding into one of the largest airlines in the world. In the museum you have the opportunity to walk aboard both a Boeing 767 and the first Boeing 747-400 produced.

The Delta Flight Museum is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10AM to 4:30 PM and Sunday from noon to 4PM. Tickets are $15 for adults or $425 for an hour flight simulator in the only Boeing 737 flight simulator open to the public in the U.S.

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