Museums and Theaters in Georgia

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Theater and opera houses

Fox Theater in Atlanta
The Fox Theater, also known as the Fabulous Fox, is a grandiose film palace in downtown Atlanta. It is located on 660 Peachtree Street directly in the Fox Theater Historic District named after him. The name of the Fox Theater goes back to the great film producer William Fox, who had financially supported the approximately 3 million euro building in 1929. The Fox Theater is one of the largest and most glamorous of its kind. The 1930s charm can be felt to date and for this reason the building demolition plans got off lightly. Thanks to many protests and demonstrations, the theater is now a listed building. Around 750,000 visitors come to the city every year to watch Broadway plays and concerts by the very big stars. But also the oriental architecture with Masonic features can be seen. The magnificent dome of the building, which is more reminiscent of a religious institution than a place of entertainment, enchants from the outside, and the 5000-seat auditorium is even more impressive from the inside. Mezzanine for the ladies, a gentleman’s room and the Egyptian ballroom make the visit an experience.

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Atlanta Symphony Hall
The Atlanta Symphony Hall is home to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, one of the best in the United States. The Atlanta Symphony Hall is located in the Woodruff Arts Center on 1280 Peachtree Street, Atlanta’s main street. The organizers have committed themselves to musical excellence and high performance, but also education and cultural commitment. So far, the orchestra and the choir have won a total of 27 Grammy Awards in the following categories: best classic album, best orchestra performance, best choir performance and best opera performance. The facility has 3 floors with approx. 1,700 seats, which are distributed over the upper and lower balcony and the main gallery. Around 200 performances are performed annually, including by Beethoven, Bach, Wagner and other major components.

Georgia Theater in Athens
Since 1978 the Georgia Theater in Athens has been an indispensable concert facility throughout Georgia. The Georgia Theater is best known for its state-of-the-art sound system, which has even attracted large groups such as REM from Athens and The Police to perform. But also small, somewhat less known and local artists such as. B. Modern Skirts, who see themselves as REM’s successors, are given the chance to prove themselves and possibly make it big. The theater has been closed for 2 years since a fire in 2009, but has recently reopened and is now motivated to seduce its fans with music.

RiverCenter for the Performing Arts
The RiverCenter for the Performing Arts was founded in 2002 and is a modern center for the performing arts in Columbus. It is at the heart of downtown Columbus’ new art and entertainment district. The state-of-the-art center consists of the 2,000-seat Bill Heard Theater, the main facility of the RiverCenter, which is also home to the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Bill Cosby, David Copperfield and many more have also performed here. The somewhat smaller but elegant Legacy Hall offers space for around 430 spectators at concerts and is always sold out. The RiverCenter mainly serves to promote young artists, but also as an educational institution for young people of all social backgrounds. The center sees itself not only as a venue for art, but also as a keeper of social,

The Tabernacle in Atlanta
The Tabernacle, also affectionately called The Tabby, is a concert hall in Atlanta, which is run by the world’s largest live event organizer Live Nation. The Tabby was built in 1911 as the House of Blues, but was renamed The Tabernacle (Tabernacle (Christian): an artistically designed sacrament house) in 1998. The large red granite stone and white pillar building is located on 152 Luckie Street and has hosted many great artists in Georgia. B. Bob Dylan, Prince, Robbie Williams and Madonna.

Springer Opera House in Columbus
The building, today’s Springer Opera House, is almost as old as the city of Columbus. It was built in 1828 and has been a host for film, theater and music ever since. In 1871 it was called Springer House, after the man who owned the most shares at that time and to whom the place was particularly dear. Springer, an industrial man who had become rich, had the dream of establishing a unique theater, music and dance facility in Columbus and put a lot of money into his dream. The Springer became the most popular theater of its kind in Georgia and fascinated its visitors with a certain down-to-earth glamor. Even today it is of particular importance for culture enthusiasts. Numerous performances are offered on 2 stages each year. It is also the home of the Springer Theater Academy.

Museums and exhibitions

New Echota State Historic Site
The New Echota State Historic Site is an open air museum northwest of Atlanta. It is the place where the tragic Trail of Tears officially started in 1825. From 1825-1838 New Echota Indians from the Cherokee tribe lived until they were forced to leave Georgia. Before 1825, the Cherokee tried to establish an independent and official Cherokee nation and some remains from its founding phase, such as B. the Council House or the Print Office are still standing today. In the Council House, Indian parliamentarians gathered for parliamentary meetings and in the print office the newspaper “Cherokee Phoenix” became. Other reconstructed wooden houses, log cabins and their town hall can also be visited from Thursday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

High Museum of Art in Atlanta
The High Museum in Atlanta is one of the largest art museums in the south and one of the most visited in the world. The High Museum is part of the Smithsonian Institute and was built between 1980 and 1983 based on designs by Richard Meier. It shows European, American and African paintings and sculptures, but also exhibits modern and folkloric art. Over 11,000 exhibits, including those by Monet and Tiepolo, are exhibited in the offspring from the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta and a three-year cooperation with the French Louvre has made the High Museum internationally known. It is located on 1280 Peachtree Street in the city center.

Atlanta History Center
The Atlanta History Center is located in the Buckhead District of Atlanta on 130 West Paces Ferry Road. It shows Atlanta’s city history with a focus on civil war and civil rights movement. The History Center opened in 1926 and consists of six permanent, temporary and traveling exhibitions. The six permanent exhibitions include:
• The Centennial Olympic Museum, which deals with Olympic records.
• The Turning Point exhibition is a chronicle of the American Civil War that lasted from 1861 to 1865.
• The Metropolitan Frontiers exhibition comments on Atlanta’s transformation from a rural area to a highly modern metropolis.
• The “Shaping Traditions” exhibition shows the development of folklore art in the southern states and documents attributes of modernity and tradition such as: B. clothing, jewelry and musical.
• The Down the Fairway with Bobby Jones exhibition is based on the life’s work of Georgia’s best-known golf professional Bobby Jones and the development of golf in the USA.
• The Phillip Trammel Shutze exhibition tells the story of one of Atlanta’s leading architects, known for his excellent taste in art and who had the idea of ​​building the Swan House on the grounds of the Atlanta History Center.

Carter Presidential Center and Museum of the Jimmy Carter Library, Atlanta
The Jimmy Carter Library and Museum were created in honor of James Earl (Jimmy) Carter, who was born in Plains in 1924 and became President of the United States in 1976, on the 62nd birthday of Jimmy Carter Opened in 1986. Both are partly administered by the US government and contain documents about the former president. The collections and exhibitions house everything that has and had to do with Jimmy Carter. Whether private or public information – interested parties should find what they are looking for on almost 1,500 km² of exhibition and 1,800 km² of storage space.

Margaret Mitchell House & Museum in Atlanta
The writer Margaret Mitchell (1900 – 1949) lived on 979 Crescent Avenue Northeast in Atlanta from 1925 to 1932. She became known for her only book, the southern epic “Gone with the Wind”, published in 1936, which deals with the story of the young Scarlett O’Hara at the time of the Civil War in the 1860s. Margaret Mitchell House is now run by the Atlanta History Center and offers tours of the home of one of the most popular American authors of all time.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History
The Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta is guaranteed to take visitors back in time. The museum has a total of nine permanent exhibitions as well as the 3D IMAX cinema, which offers the largest screen in Atlanta. Weekly changing 3D films give the visitor the idea that he is a co-actor of the film and let him z. B. dive into the depths of our oceans.
• The World of Shells exhibition shows the development of shells and presents a number of details about marine life.
• The Curators Corner shows changing exhibitions around the treasures of the Fernbank Museum.
• The Sensing Nature exhibit focuses on: B. with lasers, mirrors, water and noise the senses of humans and tries to explain our perceptions in a playful way.
• The exhibition Conveyed in Clay highlights the changes in nature over the past few centuries and relates them to the perception of the Indians and their expression of the changes through art.
• Reflection of Cultures is the name of the exhibition, which deals with the different peoples of our world and which also shows common ground in photographs of their differences.
• In A Walk through Time in Georgia, you can trace the history of the state.
• Giants of the Mezozoic and Dinosaur Entrance Plaza go to a country before our time when the dinosaurs were still alive. The largest of them, the gigantosaur and many of its peers, are presented in these exhibitions.
• The Fernbank Nature Quest guides visitors through the wonders of the world.

World of Coca-Cola
The original museum has been on Martin Luther King Drive in Atlanta since 1991, but opened in 2007 at its new location. With around 1.3 million visitors a year, the Cola Museum is the most visited in-house attraction in Atlanta. “World of Coca-Cola” is the name of the three-story empire of the beverage manufacturer on Pemberten Place in Atlanta. Named after Coca-Cola founder John Pemberten, the company has built its own museum in Atlanta, where the Coca-Cola Company is headquartered, which guides its visitors through the history of the brand. On three floors you can find out the secret of the drink’s success – 1,200 coke artifacts from all over the world are exhibited, 4D films are shown and 60 different types of cokes can be tried.

Telfair Museum of Art The Telfair Museum of Art is the oldest public museum in the southern United States and an important part of the social and cultural landscape in Savannah. Since its opening in the 1880s, the museum has grown into a renowned and emerging cultural institution and has been an important part of educational programs in the area. Directly in the lively Cultural District in Savannah you will find the Telfair Museum, which mainly exhibits over 4,000 works of art from America and Europe from the 18th to the 21st centuries.

Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum in Savannah
The Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum was recently named “Georgians Best Historic Museum”. It is located directly on 460 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in downtown Savannah and is honored in honor of the late Dr. Ralph Mark Gilbert, father of the modern Savannah Civil Rights Movement and head of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Under his leadership, a total of 50 NAACP branches were opened in Georgia until 1950, which campaign for the rights of the colored in the USA. The museum describes the history of the Afro-American community in Georgia and explores its hard path from slavery to the present. It is one of the most important educational institutions on the civil rights movement in the United States.

Atlanta Cyclorama
The Atlanta Cyclorama is the largest oil painting in the world. It describes an important part of Georgia’s history in 1864. On July 22 of that year, during the American Civil War, more than 12,000 soldiers were killed trying to free Atlanta from the clutches of the Union army. The painting was completed in 1886 and shows in a breathtaking and realistic manner what happened in Georgia’s capital on that July day. The Atlanta Cyclorama is 15 m high, 122 m long and weighs 4,900 kg. It can be visited from Thursday to Saturday between 9:15 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum in Savannah
Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum was founded in 1966 and since then has shown ships, ship models, drawings, paintings, maritime antiques and treasures around the sea and its ships. Mainly finds from the period of great trade between England and America around the 18th – 19th centuries are exhibited. The museum’s collection is housed in the elegant William Scarbrough House, the president of the Savannah Steamship Company. The history of the ships is in the foreground, but the museum also delights with an excellent selection of rare flowers and a romantic rose garden to relax and recline – it is one of the largest gardens in Savannah.

Imagine It! Children’s Museum of Atlanta
The Imagine It! Children’s Museum in downtown Atlanta is a museum only for the little ones in the city. It is intended for children up to the age of eight who are in Imagine It! to explore and learn with fun and games. Children should be given the opportunity to make full use of their senses and to develop and expand their knowledge and understanding in the areas of math, languages, reading, writing, art, etc. in an interactive manner. The museum is mainly financed by donations and guarantees free entry for the little ones, so that children from poorer families also have the chance of education and culture.

Old Car City
With an area of ​​around 14 hectares = 140,000 m², Old Car City is the largest car junkyard in the world, but at the same time an open-air museum with around 4,000 vintage cars, none of which are under 50 years old. The course is located in the small town of White, around 50 miles = 80.45 km from Atlanta.
It all started in 1931 with a car dealership and is still owned by the same family. The cars are mostly pretty rotten, rusted and often overgrown with plants. But the overgrown place breathes the history of the rise and fall of the car in a unique way.
Entering the square with its approximately 9.7 km long paths is subject to a fee and is not entirely inexpensive.
3098 Freeway 411
Northeast White, GA 30184

Georgia Aquarium

This aqurium is currently the world’s largest indoor aquarium. Viewed from the outside, the building is shaped like a ship. It opened on November 23, 2005 in Atlanta, the capital of Georgia. The aquarium includes salt and fresh water pools with a volume of around 24 million liters or 24,000 m³. Around 120,000 animals from around 500 different species and subspecies live here. A big attraction is a plexiglass tube (acrylic glass) in which you can walk “dry foot” right through the fish. You will find giant whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, rays or penguins in the aquarium.
The aquarium is divided into the following five thematic areas:

– Ocean Voyager
Here the visitor is introduced to the world of animals in the oceans. In this basin with a water volume of 6.3 gllons = m³ there is the approx. 30 m long acrylic glass tunnel

– Cold Water Quest
This area transports the visitor into the marine world of the poles.

– Tropical Diver
In the Tropical Diver you can admire the world of tropical reefs with their variety of fish living there.

– Georgia Explorer
And of course there is also a representation of the coastal region of Georgia. It is the protected area and diving paradise of the Gray`s Reef (reef) in the sea area of ​​Georgia near the city of Savannah. Attractions are sea turtles or whales found here.

– River Scout
As the name suggests, the animals from the rivers of South America, Asia and especially Georgia are presented here. One of the many attractions is an albino alligator.

Georgia Aquarium
225 Baker Str.NW
GA 30313
Opening hours
Mon.-Fri. 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sat.: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Monuments and memorials

Fort Frederica National Monument
Fort Frederica is a fort located on the island of St. Simons. From Fort Frederica, shipping traffic in the surrounding area was controlled during the colonization of what is now the state, and the fort is now considered the authoritative place in Georgia’s history. During colonization, Georgia was a matter of dispute between the British in South Carolina and the Spanish in Florida, who both wanted to conquer the country for themselves. When Georgia recorded the first British settlement on its soil in 1732, the fort was built four years later to protect it from the Spaniards. Today, time tables and a visitor center commemorate the beginnings of colonization in Georgia and can be visited daily by ferry. Every four weeks there are also living history demonstrations that realistically recreate the story.

Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon
The Ocmulgee National Monument is a prehistoric and archaeological site in Macon, which was placed under protection in 1936. The National Museum commemorates the time of the Indian culture around 900 – 1000. It was inhabited by the Paleo Indians and later by the Muskogee and Ocmulgee. Their huts, which were reconstructed during the 1930s, still exist today and recreate the original approx. 13 m high buildings of the watch residents who lived in the area around the Ocmulgee River. The so-called mounds were mostly underground for protection and were cultivated from above. Every year, the National Monument is visited by 100,000 tourists who not only learn about the history of the Indians in the area, but can also enter the earth houses.

Fort Pulaski National Monument in Savannah
Fort Pulaski is a military fortress on Cockspur Island on the Savannah River just on the South Carolina-Georgia border. The fortress was used to defend the coast from foreign enemies during the civil war and was to protect the port of Savannah from intruders and seal off the estuary within a very short time. The construction of the fort took 18 years and was completed in 1847. Since the fort was built on oak trunks due to the muddy subsoil, it only took a few years before it had to be closed again. Already during the Second World War it was only used for surveillance purposes and in 1966 it was finally included in the National Register of Historic Places. Today it can be visited at any time.

Jimmy Carter National Historic Site at Plains
Former President of the United States Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn are now popular figures in the state of Georgia. They are committed to peace, human rights and public relations and now live in Plains, Sumter County. After the 39th President of the United States and his wife returned to his birthplace, much of the city was designated a historic site. The former president’s family home can be visited today and the visitor center, his former high school, is also open to the public. The house where Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter live today is under constant protection from the Secret Service, but the couple is anything but public shy and can B. can be found on Sundays in the local church.

Georgia Guidestones
The Georgia Guidestones are huge granite stones located on the highest hill in Elbert County. The almost 6 m tall monuments are often compared to the Stonehenge of the United States. The ten commandments are engraved in six different granite slabs in eight different languages, including: English, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Hebrew, Hindu and Arabic. Since it is still unknown who commissioned their construction, the Georgia Guidestones have become part of many conspiracy theories. The best way to reach them is via Georgia Highway 77.

Georgia Guidestones