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Michael C. Carlos Museum, Atlanta

Categories: Art Museums, Museums
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4.6/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web
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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  • Once we found it, it was good. We had difficulty finding it, however. Also, many Emory students that we asked for diresctions were unaware that it existed. Better signs would have helped. The exhibits...  read more »
  • First visit to the museum and I shouldn't have waited so long! Lots of items on display to learn about. Was expecting two or three mummies but they have many more. There were 5 people in our group and...  read more »
  • This was my first visit to the Museum. I was particularly interested in Egyptian mummies and they did not disappoint me. There are many other cultural exhibits as well as a Tibetan shrine...........I ...  read more »
  • My son (14 years old) loves this place so much, we had to get a family membership. Best in Atlanta for international history. Terrific collection of south and central native American artifacts, which my son particularly enjoys. Also a wonderful display of high quality Greek, Egyptian, and Asian items. We look forward to the return of the African exhibit.
  • An Amazing collection of fine antiquities.
  • Fantastic experience. You could spend all day there. Really amazing things. I love Egyptian and persian collections.
  • Although it is a small museum, this place has some very nice artifacts.
  • The Carlos Museum is one of Atlanta's best kept secrets. Tucked away on the beautiful Emory University campus, the Carlos Museum frequently hosts some of the world's most coveted exhibits. There is ample guest parking available just across from the museum's main entrance. The adult admission fee is a mere $8 and audio guide rentals are only $2. The permanent collections are an astonishing sight. Do yourself a favor and stop by. I guarantee that you will be amazed at what is hidden away on Emory's campus.
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