What are the best Atlanta museums?

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The High is a world-class place. I haven’t been in a while. You almost want to take a couple of days in Atlanta, act like you don’t live here and enjoy all of those things you take for granted. The Center for Puppetry Arts is great. We catch three or four shows a year with the kids.

Sarah Gleim

Atlanta’s museums are diverse and delightful, and include everything from those that showcase fine art to one that honors the city's favorite soda.

One of the most unique, however is perhaps at the Margaret Mitchell House. Her turn-of-the-century mansion where she wrote most of the Pulitzer-Prize winning novel Gone with the Wind is restored to its full glory. The Tudor Revival building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and you can take daily tours and hear stories about the place Mitchell actually called "The Dump."

To learn more about Atlanta’s past, head to the Atlanta History Center. It’s just a few blocks from the Governor’s Mansion (another spot you can tour for free) in Buckhead. Learn about Southern history, from the Civil War to the Civil Rights movement. Extensive gardens surround the museum, where you’ll also find the Tullie Smith Farm, the historic Swan House and more.

The High Museum of Art is part of Atlanta’s cultural giant, the Woodruff Arts Center. It boasts classic and contemporary art in a sleek, modern white structure on Peachtree Street. The museum has more than 13,000 pieces in its permanent collection, ranging from 19th- and 20th-century American art and European paintings to African American art, modern and contemporary pieces, photography and folk art.

The Michael C. Carlos Museum is located on the campus of Emory University and is home to more than 16,000 ancient Egyptian artifacts, as well as pieces from the Near East, Greece, Rome, Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. The Carlos Conservation Laboratory also offers teaching and training in art, conservation, preservation and science.

The World of Coca-Cola is downtown and is dedicated to, you guessed it, all things Coca-Cola. The museum includes a 4-D theater, Coca-Cola memorabilia throughout the soda's history, and a pop culture collection that rivals any in the world. And the best part of the museum is the Taste It! gallery where you can sample several different Coca-Cola products from around the globe.

One for the kids (and the young at heart) is the Center for the Puppetry Arts. It's the nation’s largest interactive museum dedicated to puppetry where you're invited to touch the artwork and pull the strings. The museum opened to the public in 1978 when Kermit the Frog and his creator Jim Henson cut the ribbon to the first puppetry center in the United States.

Atlanta’s only children’s museum is called Imagine It!, and it's a place for younger kids to learn and explore. Here your children can use all their senses to engage in an educational adventure. The museum aims to enhance children’s development in reading, social studies, math, science and the arts.

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