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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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  • very educational, shows different cultures on displays, gives good written information displays about the different cultures and displays 
  • I absolutely love this small, hidden gem on the Emory University campus! It is almost always quiet and calm, except on free days when there are more than the usual 10ish people wandering through. I sp...  more »
  • in general you can find great variety of sculptures and culture of many parts I loved his part of Egypt
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  • Fantastic! Larger than I expected with world class antiquities. The Egyptian exhibition and Shakesphere's First Folio where great to see.
  • 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.
  • Fantastic experience. You could spend all day there. Really amazing things. I love Egyptian and persian collections.
  • An Amazing collection of fine antiquities.
  • Fascinating artifacts. Egyptian, Mayan, Greek, Babylonian, etc.