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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  • August 10, 2017
    I must say I could not beleive that this Emory museum has tremendous amount of specimens and ancient treasures. With no fee and just a small donation, you will certainly enjoy top notch museum collect...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    A great museum on the Emory Campus that is overlooked and unknown to many. Great artefacts and one of the few museums in Atlanta. Well worth a visit.  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    This museum is wonderful! They have so many artifacts that are amazing to see. We did the audio tour, which was very informative. It is like the British Museum in London but on a smaller scale. I high...  more »
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  • June 30, 2017
    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.
  • May 21, 2017
    A cool little museum! Just when you think the exhibit hall ends there is another hallway of interesting artifacts (yet still a small museum)! A couple of their exhibits are currently under construction so we were slightly limited in our self-guided tour. I wish there was closer (and free) parking and more staff-guided tours. PS: The mummies are real!
  • June 10, 2017
    This is a hidden treasure on the Emory University campus. A delightful collection of Egyptian artifacts, including real mummies. The section of The Americas is also grand. Just think how many smart, dedicated, determined individuals it took to discover, protect, transport, negotiate for, and house these thousands of ancient artifacts and relics so you and I can leisurely walk through, oohing and ahing! Amazing!
  • March 18, 2017
    I enjoyed our visit. A lot of neat things.. not really good to take 5 year olds.. Didn't let me read most of the info. But it was extremely informative...is not a big museum which is good... we did the exhibitions fairly quickly . after visiting the museum we went to have ice cream... it was a great day.
  • June 8, 2017
    It was free after 1p. Great for my kid. They loved the mummies!

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