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Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA), Atlanta

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The Museum of Design Atlanta is a design museum located at 1315 Peachtree Street in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. MODA is the only museum in the Southeast devoted exclusively to the study and celebration of all things design.OverviewThe Museum examines how design affects people's daily lives through exhibitions, K-12 educational outreach, and adult programming. MODA regularly features exhibitions on architecture, industrial and product design, interiors and furniture, graphics, fashion and more. The museum is located on Peachtree Street, across from the High Museum of Art, in Midtown.HistoryMODA first opened in 1993 as the Atlanta International Museum of Art & Design, and was located in the Peachtree Center district of Downtown Atlanta. In 2003, after receiving a series of local grants, the group rebranded and refocused itself as a design museum, launching a critically lauded run of exhibits on subjects such as Bauhaus virtuoso Marcel Breuer, Japanese architecture, and ladies handbag design.In 2011, MODA opened at its present location in Midtown Atlanta at the corner of 16th Street and Peachtree Street on the ground floor (and former parking garage) of a building restored by the architectural firm Perkins+Will. While the upper floors house Perkins+Will and the Peachtree Branch of the Atlanta Public Library, the Museum occupies 9000sqft of street-level space in the building that is LEED Platinum certified — the highest environmental rating awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council.
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  • The current exhibit on the future design of food was very interesting and well curated, and tracked neatly around most of the ground floor, with live exhibits and interesting information. Lots of spac...  more »
  • The staff is INCREDIBLE at MODA!! They are SO tuned into patrons, SO amazingly aware of current trends, emerging markets, and scientific information. We were very impressed with the thought that went ...  more »
  • This museum don'y have any permanent collection. They only have small theme exhibit. I think even $10 is too high entrance fee for what we got.  more »
  • We saw the exhibit on wearable technology and it was very interesting! The lady at the front counter was extremely helpful and gave us all of the details we needed to enjoy our tour of the exhibit.
  • Moda didn't care the most important . They hurst emotionally to my son 9 years old, it is not acceptable!!! He cryed for two days. Please parents be really careful. I should hear my friends. Emory is a much better option for robotic summer cam.
  • Fun museum with lots of hands-on experiences. They also have classes for 3-D printing, which is awesome. It isn't particularly big, but the videos and descriptions and thorough without being boring, and they have plenty of different themes and objects within each theme. They also have knowledgeable staff who will answer any questions you have. Great place for your inner inventor to go wild with imagination! I would not recommend this museum for small children (pre-k and below), but it could be fun for lightly older children.
  • Fun staff and (at the time I was there) great exhibits. Would be happy to come again when able.
  • Don't believe the hype. The staff is highly impressed with themselves and the displays -- without reason. They treat the Replantables and PancakeBot as if they are treasures. Yet a Pancake Bot is $260.00 from Amazon, and Replantable was available last year at Altanta's Makers Faire. It is the functional equivalent of a window box growing herbs. These are interesting novelties.... which is fine, but don't over-hype their importance. The staff inexplicably wouldn't allow kids to play with the Lego set out in bins on work tables. Some interesting stuff, but mostly fatuous hype and an annoying, self-indulgent staff.

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