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About the Atlanta History Center
The 14 founders of the Atlanta History Center could not have envisioned their future impact when in 1926 they formed what was then known as the Atlanta Historical Society. Beginning as a group of civic-minded Atlantans – led by prominent attorney Walter McElreath and meeting in each other’s homes, collecting early manuscripts and photos, and publishing research bulletins to “arouse in the citizens and friends of Atlanta an interest in history” – it has turned into a primary source of Atlanta, regional and national history.
We invite you to visit the Atlanta History Center, located on 33 acres in the heart of Buckhead. The History Center includes one of the Southeast’s largest history museums; two historic houses including Swan House and Smith Family Farm; Centennial Olympic Games Museum; historic gardens; and Kenan Research Center including the Cherokee Garden Library. The History Center also includes the Margaret Mitchell House, located at our midtown campus.
Throughout the year, enjoy lecture series with award-winning authors, summer camps, annual festivals such as Sheep to Shawl and much more.
Centennial Olympic Games Museum
Olympic glory returns to Atlanta with the new exhibition, Centennial Olympic Games Museum at the Atlanta History Center!
Turning Point: The American Civil War
Explore the stories of both Confederate and Federal soldiers, along with the heartache and hope of loved ones at home, from the beginnings of the crisis through the time of rebuilding.
Journey through four stages of Atlanta history, from Native American life to today's bustling city of international fame.
Shaping Traditions: Folk Arts in a Changing South
Touch, see, and hear the folk arts that have defined the South for generations.
Down the Fairway with Bobby Jones
Learn the inspiring story of American golf legend Robert Tyre “Bobby” Jones Jr. as well as the evolution of the world-famous Masters Tournament and the development of the modern game of golf.
Philip Trammell Shutze: Atlanta Classicist, Connoisseur, and Collector
View beautiful displays of porcelain, silver, furniture, rugs, and paintings from the personal decorative arts collection of Philip Trammell Shutze, the man once recognized as America’s greatest Classical architect.
Glimpse into the grandiose life of Atlanta's 1930s gentry
Tullie Smith Farm
Discover life on a typical yeomen farm in Antebellum Georgia
Victorian and Lee Playhouses
Atlanta's children make these delightful playhouses theirs
Atlanta History Center Gardens
Ramble through 33 acres of Atlanta's horticultural past