Showcasing ancient Egyptian art, this 45,000-square foot (4180-square meter) museum is a brilliant addition to Atlanta's ... More
Michael C. Carlos Museum
Showcasing ancient Egyptian art, this 45,000-square foot (4180-square meter) museum is a brilliant addition to Atlanta's cultural landscape. Affiliated with Emory University, the museum's permanent collection of over 15,000 objects spans a historical stretch of nearly 9000 years, from the prehistoric cultures of the 7th Century BCE to the 20th Century. The museum also sponsors many special exhibitions, lectures, films, and workshops. Visit Cafe Antico for daily gourmet lunches in a dramatic setting. Admission is free, but a donation is suggested.
Some of the information about the museum has changed recently:
Hours: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Tuesday-Saturday; 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Sunday; closed on Mondays and Emory University Holidays
Admission: Adults - $8;
Students, Seniors, and Children ages 6-17 - $6
Carlos Museum Members - Free
Emory University Students, Faculty, and Staff - Free
The Michael C. Carlos Museum is my favorite museum in Georgia. Located at Emory University, the museum contains treasures from thousands of years gone by and from many areas of the world. My personal favorite sections are the Greek and Roman exhibits and the Egyptian exhibits. But the Asian and Early North American areas are equally well-done. Right now (August 2006) there is a spectacular exhibit going on called "In Stabiana," with wonderful frescoes, mosaics, and more from a recently discovered luxury resort from Ancient Rome on display. Other special exhibits have included the mummy believed to be that of Ramses, which was returned to Italy by the museum.
Do not miss the gift shop! Here you can find extremely reasonably priced gift items, for yourself or someone else, such as scarabs from Egypt and handcrafted small bags from Mexico, art cards, jewelry, and many wonderful books.
The museum is free, but a $7 donation is requested, and the visit is worth much more than that.
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