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Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA), Atlanta

(3.7/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web)
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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  • I was there in and out, it took about 30 minutes. Almost missed the 30 minutes parking time frame nearby. The entrance fee was low ($10) but I feel like they couldn't ask for more. The guide was very ...  more »
  • ,We expected to see examples of design furniture like Danish and Swedish product. What we got was completely different: the focus is on the new ( and future) possibility that technology is giving peop...  more »
  • Cool tech design exhibit. They also have a 3d printer that you can use to custom design a pen for $5 
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  • 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.
  • Second Sunday of the month is Family Fun Day (free admission for families) but this small but quite interesting design museum is worth a visit on any day. Located right across the street from the High Museum its in the perfect location to make it a day of cultural fun.
  • There were only 2 exhibits when I went, and they were pretty much random products with limited description
  • Went to a fun 3D printing class, I was told that my design would only take about 1 month to finish, it has now been over 2 months and my project is still not complete. But I will say that when I call to inquire the staff is very helpful and friendly.
  • A little gem in the heart of Midtown. Small but well-curated shows with interesting subjects. A nice add-on to a visit to the High Museum across the street or a wonderful experience all by itself. Frequent speaker events are worth noting.