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Music, The Arts, and Museums in Georgia
Music, arts, and museum lovers will find plenty to capture their interest and captivate their senses in Georgia. From historic theaters to museums with collections that show off masterpieces, Georgia's theaters and museums offer experiences to enhance any trip.
Music and Theater in Georgia
In central Georgia, the historic Hawkinsville Opera House has undergone a top-to-bottom renovation that transformed the historic building, erected in 1907, into a top modern venue. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the Opera House hosts many performances throughout the year.
In Atlanta, the Fox Theatre Historic District includes four venerable performing arts buildings that are worth seeing just for their décor. The Fabulous Fox is famous for its Arabian courtyard, Egyptian ballroom, and other exotic details. The theater is open for tours as well as performances.
The Historic Savannah Theatre opened in 1818, and two centuries later it's still the center of the performing arts scene in Savannah, hosting plays and other performances. On the Georgia coast, it's the Historic Ritz Theatre near Brunswick that still pulls in an audience to films and live performances after more than 100 years.
Museums of History and Art in Georgia
In Savannah, the Jepson Center for the Arts has more than 7,500 square feet of galleries that show traveling contemporary art exhibits and house a permanent collection. Head to the University of Georgia in Athens to visit the state's official art museum, The Georgia Museum of Art. The museum's collection includes world-class pieces, plus a sculpture garden devoted to works by female artists.
One of the world's most popular art museums, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta is home to more than 11,000 works, part of a collection that includes American, African, folk, and other genres. Augusta's Morris Museum of Art takes a regional focus with exhibits like Antebellum Portraiture and Impressionism in the South.
The Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square museum tells the story behind one of the most famous stories to come out of Georgia. The museum displays memorabilia from the classic Gone With the Wind film, including Scarlett O'Hara's honeymoon gown.
Atlanta shows off its history at the Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum. A massive panoramic oil painting makes the scale of the Battle of Atlanta vivid. A different war is explored at the Cumberland Island Museum and War of 1812 Exhibit; the museum also touches on the island's unique ecosystem.
The Augusta Museum of History has exhibits to explore history as old as 12,000 years and as new as the story of The Godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown. Military history is on display at the Mighty 8th Air Force Museum in Pooler. Other Georgia museums that focus on history include the Columbus Museum, the Georgia Capitol Museum, and the Georgia Museum of Agriculture & Historic Village.
Science Museums in Georgia
The latest technical advances are explored at science museums in Georgia. The Coca-Cola Space Science Center in Columbus reaches to the stars with an observatory and exhibits that focus on space science, astronomy, and physics. The Tybee Island Marine Center in coastal Georgia makes learning marine science fun with guided walks on the beach.