Apr 26

Michael C. Carlos Museum: An Atlanta Gem

Greek and Roman ExhibitMichael C. Carlos Museum was a real find for us on our visit to Atlanta, Georgia.  While the Michael C. Carlos Museum was not the highlight of our trip, that would probably either be seeing the baby pandas at the Atlanta Zoo or the whale sharks at the Georgia Aquarium, but unlike those other two places the Michael C. Carlos Museum did not cost an arm and a leg to see.  At $8.00 per adult and with a variety of interesting artifacts the Michael C. Carlos in our books is a must see in Atlanta.MummyAfter doing a little research about what all there was to do in Atlanta I told my wife we had to make time to visit this museum.  The Michael C. Carlos Museum has an incredible collection from antiquity.  In all, their collection has around 17,000 artifacts from Egypt, The Middle East, Rome, Greece, Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and America. It is an impressive collection for any museum let alone a university museum.  The museum is located on the beautiful Emory University campus.ArtifactsThe museum is divided up into 5 different sections each filled with interesting pieces.  Their Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern Art are home to the oldest Egyptian mummy in the Americas as well as 9 other mummies and coffins.  The Greek and Roman area has a variety of statues and busts.  Their Americas exhibit consists of more than 2,300 pieces most from the big three civilizations of pre-Colombian America the Maya, Aztec, and Incas.  Their African collection has a wide variety of pieces from masks, to religious statues, and beaded works.  Their last section of art work comes from Asia which is home to several religious pieces among other things.  Like I mentioned earlier, it is an impressive collection straight out of the history books, and it definitely made this history teacher glad he took to the time visit.MaskThe Michael C. Carlos Museum was a great visit for us not only because we enjoy visiting history museums but because it was one of the more reasonably priced things that we got to do while we were in Atlanta.  It is a great visit for those that are interested in history and has enough variety and interesting artifacts like mummies, ornate jewelry, statues, and artwork to please those that tend to find history a little on the boring side.

To see our reviews of other history museums click hereMichael C. Carlos MuseumMichael C. Carlos Museum
Located at 571 South Kilgo Circle, Atlanta
Hours of Operation Tuesday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday opened to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cost as of this Posting Adults 8.00, Children 6 to 17 $6.00 and Children under 5 are free
For more information visit their website at http://www.carlos.emory.edu/Art

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