Best Atlanta Museums Every Kid Should Visit
Atlanta is home to a lot of iconic museums. They are scattered throughout the town, endorsing it as an innovator and regional leader in science, history, and politics. With one-of-a-kind experiences like the World of Coca-Cola and centers filled with history like the Martin Luther King Jr. Historical Site, there’s absolutely no shortage of learning here. Below is a list of the top 10 museums in Atlanta that every kid needs to visit.
High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
Admire art from various eras, as well as kid-friendly programs and special exhibits. The modern and contemporary art sections, as well as the folk art displays, are particularly appealing to children. Check out the special programs for children of various ages, where they can get their hands dirty with art projects.
With more than eighteen thousand works of art in its permanent collection, the High has an extensive anthology of nineteenth- and twentieth-century American and decorative art; significant holdings of European paintings; a growing collection of African American art; and burgeoning collections of modern and contemporary art, photography, folk and self-taught art, and African art. The High is also dedicated to supporting and collecting works by Southern artists. – high.org
World of Coca-Cola
121 Baker St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30313-1807
From the original World of Coca‑Cola® that opened on August 3, 1990, at Underground Atlanta, to the opening of World of Coca‑Cola at Pemberton Place® on May 24, 2007, we are proud to have welcomed over 24 million guests and counting across a span of 25+ years in Atlanta. World of Coca-Cola at Pemberton Place® celebrated its Grand Opening on May 24, 2007. It’s the only place where you can explore the fascinating story of Coca‑Cola® – the world’s best-known beverage brand. – worldofcoca-cola.com
Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic Site
450 Auburn Avenue, NE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 331-5190 x5046
The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park includes a visitor center on Auburn Ave, Dr. King’s birth home, historic Ebenezer Baptist Church where the King family worshiped, and the King Center, final resting place of Dr. King and his wife, Coretta Scott King.
A young boy grows up in a time of segregation…A dreamer is moved by destiny into leadership of the modern civil rights movement…This was Martin Luther King, Jr. Come hear his story, visit the home of his birth, and where he played as a child. Walk-in his footsteps, and hear his voice in the church where he moved hearts and minds. Marvel at how he was an instrument for social change. The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park attracts large numbers of national and international visitors. – nps.gov/malu/
Children’s Museum of Atlanta
275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
Enjoy art from various eras, as well as kid-friendly programs and special exhibits. The modern and contemporary art sections, as well as the folk art displays, are particularly popular with children. Check out the special programs for kids of various ages, where they can get hands-on with art projects. Purchase of tickets in advance is required.
Pretend play is also encouraged at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta. My kids gathered eggs at a farm, loaded groceries onto a delivery truck, and pushed carts together around a grocery store in the Fundamentally Food exhibit, all while learning how the food they eat gets to their dinner table.
Welcome to a world of hands-on exploration & discovery that sparks imagination & inspires learning. Children’s Museum of Atlanta is a nonprofit organization creating opportunities for children to learn through the power of play. The generous support of our volunteers and donors allows us to enrich the lives of hundreds of thousands of children each year through Museum programs and community outreach. – childrensmuseumatlanta.org
Margaret Mitchell House
979 Crescent Ave NE,
Atlanta, GA 30309
Through guided tours of Margaret Mitchell’s apartment, guests can explore the complex issues raised by Gone With the Wind, and by Mitchell’s life. We examine the popularity along with criticism of the book and film. And to understand the difference of historical fiction from historical fact, we encourage open discussion about the content of the book and film, the evidence from historical reality, and Margaret Mitchell’s life. History is not simple. Our ongoing interpretation is responsive to new research, evidence, and analysis. – atlantahistorycenter.com
Worlds of Puppetry Museum
Center for Puppetry Arts
1404 Spring St. NW at 18th
Atlanta, GA 30309
The World of Puppetry Museum houses 175 puppets from five continents, including the Jim Henson Collection, the worlds largest exhibit of Henson’s work. Although museum-only tickets are available, I recommend seeing both a show and the museum on the same day. The shows are spectacular, with elaborate puppets and intricate sets covering a full-size stage.
Get ready to rethink everything you know about puppets and puppeteers. Our live shows, workshops, exhibitions, and events will have you feeling like a kid again at the Center for Puppetry Arts. – puppet.org
DEKALB HISTORY CENTER
101 East Court Square
Decatur, GA 30030
DHC is a membership-based non-profit; we rely on contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations who support our mission. After a Resolution in 1968 by the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners, we moved our offices into the historic DeKalb County Courthouse and have been located here ever since. During the early 1990s, DHC spent over $1,600,000 renovating the Courthouse. We have a museum and archive on the main floor and welcome visitors and researchers. The History Center also maintains three antebellum structures located on West Trinity Place in Decatur: the Benjamin Swanton House, the Biffle Cabin and the Barber Cabin. – dekalbhistory.org
Delta Flight Museum
1060 Delta Blvd.
Building B, Department 914
Atlanta, GA 30354
The Delta Flight Museum, which opened to the public in 2014, is one of the list’s newest additions. The museum, which chronicles Delta’s and the aviation industry’s history, is housed in two historic hangars at Delta’s world headquarters near Atlanta International Airport.
Since 1995, the Delta Flight Museum has allowed visitors from around the world to explore aviation history, celebrate the story and people of Delta, and discover the future of flight. The Museum underwent a major renovation several years ago, transforming it into a world-class attraction that offers engaging exhibits and interactive programming for aviation enthusiasts of all ages. Standing in the heart of Delta’s Atlanta headquarters, the 68,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art attraction makes a perfect outing for family, friends, school groups, and more. The space also can be rented for special events, including business meetings, conferences, and weddings. With historic glamour and modern amenities, the Museum is a one-of-a-kind venue within a mile of the world’s busiest airport. – deltamuseum.org
College Football Hall of Fame
250 Marietta St. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30313
See football memorabilia and try your hand in the Skill Zone (your end zone dance will be displayed on the jumbotron!). Learn about the history and legends of college football through interactive displays and giant touch screens. When you select your favorite team at the start of the tour, it will be highlighted throughout the experience, as will your team’s helmet for the day. It is strongly advised to purchase tickets in advance.
Our mission is to use our position as a trusted authority within college football to educate, inspire, entertain, and connect audiences while honoring the people, traditions and passion of the game. The College Football Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization, your support helps the legacy of college football live on for future generations. – cfbhall.com
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
767 Clifton Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30307
The massive dinosaur fossils, science movies on a giant screen, and exhibits are the main draws at Fernbank. However, don’t forget to venture outside to explore the interactive nature-based WildWoods and NatureQuest discovery clubhouses. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Travel around the world and back in time as you discover dinosaurs, live animals, amazing places, ancient fossils, prehistoric cultures, and new scientific discoveries. Throughout the year, new exhibits and experiences offer more to explore. Now on Wow—Nature’s Ninjas and Crocs. The greatest show IS earth as you explore 75 acres of wow, including outdoor exhibits, breathtaking walking trails, a canopy walk, native wildlife, and nature playgrounds. Open year-round, rain or shine. Join Atlanta’s science-minded social butterflies on the 2nd Friday of every month for a uniquely grown-up after-hours experience. Start your weekend with food, drinks, and adventure under the dinosaurs and all-around Fernbank. – fernbankmuseum.org