Atlanta History Center Tours
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The Atlanta History Center is an interactive educational complex devoted to sharing the history of Atlanta and the Southeast. The center includes four historic buildings, a research center, and a museum with one of the world’s largest collections of American Civil War artifacts. Its large grounds offer walking trails and lovely gardens.
The Atlanta History Center’s permanent and temporary collections of photographs, maps, books, newspaper clippings, and decorative arts tell the history of the Southeast through an everyday lens. Hands-on discovery areas make this a good stop for families, too. You can book a single admission ticket to all of the center’s attractions—including the Atlanta History Museum, the Swan House mansion, Smith Family Farm, Wood Family Cabin, Atlanta Cyclorama, Margaret Mitchell House (located 13 miles/21 kilometers away), and 22 acres (9 hectares) of grounds—or book separate admission to just the Margaret Mitchell House.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Atlanta History Center is a must for history buffs and is great for families with children.
- Dress for the weather if you plan to enjoy the grounds and gardens.
- There is a coffee shop and a café with light fare.
- The Atlanta History Museum is wheelchair accessible, but other parts of the center are not.
How to Get There
The Atlanta History Center is located in the Buckhead area, roughly 10 minutes north of downtown. It is easily accessible by MARTA bus 110 or by private vehicle. On-site parking is included with admission.
When to Get There
The center is open from 10am to 5:30pm Monday through Saturday and noon to 5:30pm on Sunday. The historic houses have more limited hours: 11am to 4pm Monday through Saturday and 1pm to 4pm on Sunday. A variety of events, films, and festivals are always on the calendar, so be sure to check with the center before planning your visit.
More Than History at the Atlanta History Center
Many visitors spend most of the day exploring the center’s numerous exhibits. But for a break from the museum and historic homes, take a stroll along the Swan Woods Trail, which is filled with many plants native to Georgia.
Address: 130 West Paces Ferry Road Northwest, Atlanta 30305, USA
6 Tours and Activities to Experience Atlanta History Center
Learn about the history of Atlanta, Georgia, through architecture on this tour of historical homes. Tour three houses, including the outside of the elegant 1928 Swan House, and learn about each site from your guide as you go. Your other Atlanta historical home stops depend on the day of your tour, and could include a visit to the governor’s mansion, the Margaret Mitchell House, or the Rhodes Hall.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Combine Atlanta history and sightseeing with a look at the city’s architecture on this private tour of Atlanta historic homes. Relax and enjoy views of Atlanta as your guide drives you to the Swan House, Margaret Mitchell House, and more—two tours inside the homes are included. Along the way, stop and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
Take a private tour of Atlanta’s historical sights and attractions on this full-day tour of the city. Learn about Atlanta history from Civil War battlefield to the center of the Civil Rights movement as you visit sights including the Margaret Mitchell House, Oakland Cemetery, and Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park. Transportation is included so you won’t fight traffic.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Follow in the footsteps of one of America’s most important figures (and one of Atlanta’s most celebrated former residents) on this private, Martin Luther King, Jr. history tour. With just your guide for company, visit multiple locations associated with the Civil Rights leader, including his childhood home and the Ebenezer Baptist Church, and learn about his life and legacy. You’ll also stop for a hearty, Southern lunch en route.
Ideally constructed for history buffs and Civil War connoisseurs. This tour experience will be a delight for all to enjoy. You will get a sense of the social impact Atlanta has been on the nation. We provide luxurious vehicles that pick you up complimentary within city limits. Our expert guides take you on some of the routes General Sherman travelled on his March to the Sea. Our focus is to immerse you into the environment by creating a personable and engaging experiences. You will be driven by a certified driver and knowledgable guide who will give you an overview of all the places you'll visit during your tour. The tour will include a complimentary snack, bottled water and a complimentary meal voucher for lunch. The entry to Kennesaw National Park, Marietta Cemetery, Smith Plantation, Inman Park, Oakland Cemetery, Stone mountain Park and the beautiful Atlanta History Center. You will also be given free passes to visit the Margaret Mitchell House (author of Gone with the Wind)!
Instead of a topic-specific tour such as a food tour or a neighborhood or shopping tour, we've created an experience that is less likely to leave you feeling as though you've missed something. We want you to feel like you've really experienced real life in Atlanta and understand why the city looks and functions as it does. That is why we have included a little bit of everything in our outing with you. Can't wait to show you!
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