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Museums in Georgia
There's a museum for every interest in Georgia, including art, history, and more.
Art Museums in Georgia
The Georgia Museum of Art, on the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens, has a world-class permanent collection. Leave plenty of time to explore the High Museum of Art in Atlanta—there are more than 11,000 objects in its collection. The collection at the Morris Museum of Art has a focus on regional art.
History Museums in Georgia
The Civil War was one of the biggest historic events to shape the modern South, so it's no surprise several museums focus on that event. The Atlanta Cyclorama puts you in the middle of the Battle of Atlanta with a giant painting that rotates around you; Atlanta's Civil War Museum features artifacts and exhibits about the war. The Augusta History Museum looks back past the Civil War to explore 12,000 years of history; it takes a look at more modern history, too, with an exhibit about James Brown.
Special-Interest Museums in Georgia
Railroad lovers won't want to miss the trains at the Roundhouse Railroad Museum in Savannah, while those curious about submarines should check out St. Mary's Submarine Museum. There are great views from the top of the St. Simons Lighthouse Museum and Tybee Island Light Station and Museum.
Travelers in the vibrant city of Atlanta have numerous Capital City attractions awaiting them. Visiting the Atlanta Cyclorama and the Civil War Museum is a must-do while in the city. The Battle of Atlanta, during the American Civil War, is represented in this unique cylindrical panoramic oil painting.
This impressive painting measures 42 feet high by 358 feet long. Once inside the building, relax and take a seat for a full view of the painting as it slowly rotates. Stroll through the Civil War Museum to view a variety of Civil War exhibits and artifacts. The Cyclorama is located next to Zoo Atlanta, southeast of downtown Atlanta, in Grant Park. While in the area, schedule time to visit the zoo, to to see more than 1,300 animals. Enjoy your visit in this exciting Georgia city.
Augusta Museum of History
Established in 1937, Augusta Museum of History serves as a visitor center for the city of Augusta. Located in central Georgia, the museum features permanent collections and rotating exhibits focusing on Augusta and the surrounding area.
Visitors to the Augusta Museum of History need see exhibitions on Augusta’s 12,000-year story, the WBBQ radio station, and “The Godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown.” Then browse the Susan L. Still Children’s Discovery Gallery and the Transportation Corridor.
The Columbus Museum
Appreciating art is, itself, an art form, some might say. Find your way to The Columbus Museum and explore the art and artifacts in exhibits across the 89,000 square feet of real estate. As you plan your next visit to Columbus and central Georgia, don't skip over The Columbus Museum. Established in 1953, The Columbus Museum features a unilateral focus on regional history and American art spread across a variety of permanent and rotating displays, including education programs.
The Columbus Museum is built around a 1912 Mediterranean Revival house in the Wynnton neighborhood. You'll find a large collection of artifacts and art displays illustrating the history of life in the Lower Chattahoochee River Valley. The Columbus Museum is open every day of the week but Monday and offers self-guided tours and guided, for larger groups. The kids will enjoy the Animal Scavenger Hunt, and be sure to check out the exhibit, "Robert Henri and His Students."
Cumberland Island Museum & War of 1812 Exhibit
Located on Coastal Georgia's Cumberland Island, the Cumberland Island Museum delivers curated research and archived materials on the history and ecosystem of this unique island. Don't miss the the museum's specimen collection, which offers a glimpse into the island's natural wildlife.
Accessible only by ferry to Cumberland Island from St. Mary's, the museum is located near Kingsland. Any time you visit Georgia – whether it be on a solo adventure or a family vacation – you'll find a wide range of exciting, and often historical, things to do. Make sure you spend an afternoon touring this excellent War of 1812 Exhibit.
Georgia Capitol Museum
The state of Georgia, like many of its neighbors in the deep south, are rich in early American history. From the plantations, to the Civil War battle sites, Georgia can easily yield full days of historic and edifying adventures. Visit northern GA and stay in Atlanta, where a tour of the Georgia Capitol Museum is a must.
The Georgia Capitol Museum has a mission to preserve and interpret the history of Georgia's State Capitol. There are guided and self-guided tours available at the Georgia Capitol Museum – explore four different floors of exhibits, and activities – the Fun with Miss Freedom hands-on activity is a great choice for the kids.
Georgia Museum of Agriculture & Historic Village
Make travel plans for southern Georgia and check out the Georgia Museum of Agriculture & Historic Village. Found in Tifton, a charming city nearly equidistant from both Ashburn and Valdosta, the Georgia Museum of Agriculture & Historic Village allows you and the family to explore what life was like in the 19th century. Be sure to explore the Tift House, the original Victorian home of the Captain H. H. Tift – the founder Tifton.
Opened in 1976, the Georgia Museum of Agriculture & Historic Village features five main areas of attraction – check out the an 1890s progressive farmstead, a traditional farm community of the 1870s, the Museum of Agriculture Center, a national peanut complex, and a small rural town. The overall size of the Georgia Museum of Agriculture & Historic Village is 95 acres.
Georgia Museum of Art
The Georgia Museum of Art is the academic museum on the University of Georgia campus, as well as the state's official art museum. Experience world-class art while touring the Kress Collection, the Cesari Collection, the Green Center Collection, the Daura Center Collection and the Works on Paper exhibit. The museum also features an impressive array of traveling temporary exhibits.
Stroll through the Jane and Harry Wilson Sculpture Garden - dedicated to showcasing works by female artists. An interactive classroom and library are also available for families, students and teachers. After exploring the Georgia Museum of Art, stay near Athens while traveling in northern Georgia.
Georgia Radio Museum & Hall of Fame
The Georgia Radio Museum & Hall of Fame honors the men and women that graced the history of Georgia radio. A member supported institution in Coastal Georgia, the museum also hosts annual events, including induction and nomination celebrations.
Located near Kingsland, the museum is found in the charming downtown district of St. Mary's. Plan your next family vacation to the Peach State, and be sure to include a day of exploring at the Georgia Radio Museum & Hall of Fame. You'll be in for a fun-filled day as you learn about the history of Georgia radio.
High Museum of Art
Established in 1905, the High Museum of Art is located in Midtown – better known as the Arts District of greater Atlanta. Set on Peachtree Street in central Atlanta, the High is within the top 100 of the world’s busiest art museums. The High Museum’s permanent collection features more than 11,000 works of art, and has showcased popular exhibits like Louvre Atlanta.
Along with displays of African, American, Folk and more art, other features include the Museum Shop at the High Museum of Art – plus onsite eateries like High Café and the Table 1280 restaurant. Closed on Mondays, the High is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Check out Friday Jazz – held every third Friday of the month except December – and enjoy the museum till 10 p.m.
Jekyll Island Museum
Plan your next trip into the Peach State. Be sure you explore Coastal Georgia where you'll want to check out the the Jekyll Island Museum. Located on Jekyll Island near Brunswick, this charming museum preserves the history of the island and its historic sites like Jekyll Island Club, the Horton House, and the Wanderer Memorial.
The Jekyll Island Museum is open daily to visitors, and features no entry fee. You'll find historic cottages – these can be toured with a guide or on your own, but the tour dates and times vary by season. Enjoy this "Gateway to the Gilded Era" – see exhibits, photo galleries, and art installations.
Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square
Visit Marietta on your next tour through Georgia – check out the Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square houses an impressive collection of Gone with the Wind memorabilia from the Academy Award winning movie and Pulitzer Prize winning novel. Museum visitors will see the original Scarlett O'Hara honeymoon gown worn by Vivien Leigh, rare publicity books, costume pieces, artwork, film posters and programs in this collection.
Consider hosting your next special event in this unique venue among the antebellum Southern decor. The museum is located in downtown Marietta - within walking distance from the historic Marietta Square, shops and restaurants. Kennesaw, located six miles from the museum, offers excellent lodging and superior comforts. Enjoy your time in the Atlanta Area.
Home to a collection of heirlooms, artifacts, paintings, and documents, the Midway Museum preserves a significant portion of Coastal Georgia history. Explore this beautiful colonial house near Richmond Hill and learn about the history of Midway and the Midway Society.
You can have a great time along the Georgia coast in a variety of ways – there are beaches, fishing destinations, state and national parks, and plenty of historical sites. No matter your reason for visiting the coast and the city of Richmond Hill, make sure to spend an afternoon exploring the grounds at the Midway Museum.
Mighty 8th Air Force Museum
Located in the city of Pooler, the Mighty 8th Air Force Museum offers exhibits, artifacts, and extensive educational programs of the history and achievements of the 8th Air Force and its service men and women. Plan your next visit to the Georgia coast and enjoy a full day of U.S. Air Force exhibits.
Explore exhibits at this Coastal Georgia attraction that cover the unit's World War II exploits and pay tribute to the fallen at the Chapel of the Fallen Eagles and the Memorial Gardens. You'll have a wide range of exciting and unique things to do and see along the GA coast – few are as entertaining as the Mighty 8th Air Force Museum.
Morris Museum of Art
The next time you’re in the Peach State, be sure to head to Augusta for the Morris Museum of Art. Set in central Georgia, 150 miles east of Atlanta and 100 miles southeast of Athens, the Morris Museum of Art is open to self-guided and group tours every Tuesday through Sunday.
Explore fixtures of the museum’s permanent collection like still life and landscape – plus regional art such as the Antebellum Portraiture, Civil War, and Impressionism in the South collections. Browse through the Morris Museum of Art gift shop, and take your new finds to the Best Western hotel in Augusta – and enjoy the rest of your time in Georgia.
National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus
The National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus features a full scale representation of the USS Water Witch plus the CSS Albemarle, a famous Confederate Ironclad ship. Stroll through the museum to view the ship exhibits, flag collection, weapons collection from the Union and Confederate navies, interactive exhibits, uniforms and artifacts.
Check out the Confederate ironclad ship simulator to experience 19th century naval combat. The museum also hosts several special events year round including the spring RiverBlast! and the fall Southern Pirate Festival. Best Western hotels offer convenient lodging a few minutes north of the museum in Columbus. Enjoy your time visiting Central Georgia.
National Infantry Museum
One of the most popular destinations for visitors in the Columbus area is the National Infantry Museum. As you explore the western section of central Georgia, plan a stay in Columbus and some time spent at the National Infantry Museum. You'll find the museum just outside of Fort Benning. Established in 2009 and totaling 190,000 square feet, the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center (it's full name) seeks to preserve and educate on the history of the American infantryman.
With exhibits and displays detailing the origins of infantrymen from modern day conflicts like those of Afghanistan and Iraq, to some of the very first like those in the American Revolution, the National Infantry Museum makes for a stoic and education experience. You'll want to check out the Patriot Park IMAX Theatre, EST2000 Rifle Range, and the Memorial Walk of Honor – all ideal ways to experience the National Infantry Museum.
Richmond Hill Museum
A centerpiece of Richmond Hill, the museum operates as part of the Richmond Hill Society and is also an official welcome center for Georgia and Coastal Georgia. Tours through the museum are available Monday through Saturday.
Draw up your plans to visit and explore Georgia – the city of Richmond Hill makes for an exceptional destination. As you explore the charming city, the Richmond Hill Museum will certainly need to be on any travel agenda. Built in 1940, this museum was once the home of industrialist Henry Ford and his wife, Clara.
Roundhouse Railroad Museum
Visit the Roundhouse Railroad Museum in historic downtown Savannah. Guests can enjoy a close-up view of an operational train turntable and a host of historic railcars and rolling stock. Don't miss the No. 30 Steam Locomotive and the modern No. 119 Diesel Locomotive.
This Coastal Georgia attraction is open Monday through Sunday – plan your next trek along the coast and be sure to include a visit to this impressive museum. There are many ways to experience the Georgia Coast and Savannah, but there are few as impressive and ideal as the Roundhouse Railroad Museum.
St. Mary's Submarine Museum
Found in the southern tip of Coastal Georgia in the charming town of St. Mary's, the St. Mary's Submarine Museum is the fifth largest submarine museum in the country. Explore 5,000 square feet of displays, from a submarine's control panel to a working periscope.
There are many ways to experience the true nature of Georgia. You can visit the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, or explore the seaside at Cumberland Island National Seashore – be sure, though, to check out this more impressive submarine museum. It's located near Kingsland.
St. Simons Lighthouse Museum
Climb this historic Coastal Georgia landmark when you visit the St. Simons Lighthouse Museum, where the top of the lighthouse offers views of the coast and the nearby city of Brunswick. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. In the summer, don't miss the Concert Music series held on the lawn in front of the lighthouse.
Tybee Island Light Station & Museum
As you prepare to explore coastal Georgia, head for Tybee Island and check out the Tybee Island Light Station and Museum. One of only seven surviving lighthouse towers from the colonial era, Tybee Island Light Station was constructed in 1736, first lit in 1867, and stands at 144 feet tall. Make the scenic drive to Tybee Island from nearby Savannah and is an ideal way to spend an afternoon on the coast.
The current version of the Tybee Light Station is the third in its history – the first two were destroyed or had to be torn down due to storms and natural causes like shoreline erosion. With a range of 16 nautical miles, Tybee Island Light Station stands as a testament to the perseverance of the area, and a general improvement upon the original wood construction it featured. Tours at the Tybee Island Light Station and Museum are all self-guided – enjoy the 178 steps as you climb to the top.