Michael C. Carlos Museum, Atlanta

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The Michael C. Carlos Museum is an art museum located in Atlanta on the historic quadrangle of Emory University's main campus. The Carlos Museum has the largest ancient art collections in the Southeast, including objects from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, the Near East, Africa and the ancient Americas. The collections are housed in a Michael Graves designed building which is open to the public.The Museum's collections comprise more than 16,000 works, and the facility attracts 120,000 visitors annually. In addition to permanent and temporary exhibitions, the Museum is a source of educational programming, providing lectures, symposia, workshops, performances, and festivals. The Carlos Museum also operates a teaching laboratory and conservation center, and publishes scholarly catalogues. The Museum also brings art, history, and archaeology to the classroom of Georgia children through its outreach program, Art Odyssey. The Carlos Museum also runs Odyssey Online, a Web site for school-age children that explores the various cultures reflected in the museum's collections.HistoryOne of the oldest museums in Georgia, the Museum's collections date back to 1876, when a general museum known as Emory College Museum was established on Emory University's original campus in Oxford, Georgia. After the university was relocated to Atlanta, a small group of professors officially founded the Emory University Museum in 1919. The collections were housed and displayed in various buildings around the campus.Over the years, Atlanta businessman Michael C. Carlos donated over $20 million to create a permanent home for the museum, which opened in 1985. The museum was renamed again to the Emory University Museum of Art and Archaeology and was officially accredited by the American Alliance of Museums as a museum of antiquities and fine arts. Carlos died in December 2002 at the age of 75.
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  • This little museum houses a permanent collection of ancient Egyptian art worth the visit. Besides the collection, the museum offers lectures, films, workshops and special programs for children. Last t...  more »
  • The M.C.C museum is such an amazing archive. It is truly a plethora of hidden gems. I felt transported back in time viewing the Egyptian mummies, seeing Judean earthenware, and viewing the African cra...  more »
  • I have visited this museum in the past, but today used the audio tour for the first time. Since I know little about the ancient world, the audio tour helped my understanding of what I was viewing. Hig...  more »
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  • Great place to visit. Not much parking unless you want to pay. I suggest arriving right before closing time and just parking in the one hour free parking on a side street and just walking the short distance their. If you move quick, you can see everything in the hour before your free parking expires. FYI, Most public libraries give a free pass to the museum for up to 6 people at no charge.
  • This museum is a hidden gem. Small, cheaper, and quick to tour through but with some incredible artifacts and art, including mummies. Well worth a stop at Emory along with a walk around campus if you're in Atlanta.
  • Great museum. It was bigger than I expected, a good size for kids. Loved the audio tour. The entire family enjoyed it.
  • What a gem! An amazing Muesum on a beautiful campus! I was blown away with the amount of ancient artifacts that are in this same Muesum. The ancient Greek sculpture to the Egyptian mummies and the African headdresses, it's an awesome way to spend an afternoon. I found the staff helpful and extremely friendly. Can't wait to go again...!!!
  • It's been years since I've been to a museum and I had a great experience. Great collection of Greek, native american and Egyptian artifacts. I was so happy to see also the Rosetta stone (though a copy of course.) The gift shop is amazing and i even bought a book on the famous Rosetta stone.
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