Top 12 Things To Do In Atlanta This Winter

Winter is no time to hibernate in Atlanta. From art exhibits to football fun to important cultural experiences, there is something for everyone in Atlanta this winter.

1. High Museum of Art

Disrupting Design: Modern Posters, 1900-1940, feature the origins of modern graphic design through poster art at High Museum of Art. (A. M. Cassandre, Restaurez-Vous au Wagon-Bar, 1935, (Merrill C. Berman Collection)

The High Museum of Art has several limited-time exhibits coming to its hallowed halls this winter. The High will commemorate the 25th anniversary of its esteemed series “Picturing the South” Nov. 5-Feb. 6, 2022. The exhibition will be the first time nearly 200 works from past commissions will be brought together. Also, “Disrupting Design: Modern Posters, 1900-1940” will be on display Dec. 10-April 24, 2022. This exhibit explores the history of graphic design and how it grew to be essential to social and cultural commentary. Perhaps the most anticipated exhibit this winter though will be The Obama Portraits Tour. Visitors can see the portraits of the former president and former first lady, which have received rave reviews since debuting in Washington, D.C. in 2018.

2. Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience (📷 Steven Hendrix)

If you have ever wanted to step inside a masterpiece as opposed to just viewing it, then “Van Gogh, The Immersive Experience” is a must. This 20,000-square-foot exhibition features a light and sound spectacular of Van Gogh’s greatest works. Using cutting-edge technology, the exhibit offers 360-degree views and even a virtual reality walk. “Van Gogh, The Immersive Experience” will continue in Atlanta through Feb. 17, 2022.

3. Downton Abbey: The Exhibition

Downton Abbey: The Exhibition (📷 The Biltmore Company)

Based on the critically acclaimed television show “Downton Abbey,” this exhibition transports visitors to post-Edwardian England where the iconic house, fashion and characters come to life. While immersed in the fascinating culture of the early 20th century, visitors can also experience some of the most memorable moments from the show’s six-season run.

4. The Art of Banksy

The Art of Banksy: “Without Limits” exhibition at Underground Atlanta (📷 Lola Scott Art/SEE Global Entertainment)

The Art of Banksy: “Without Limits” has taken over Underground Atlanta. This stunning street art exhibition features over 155 artworks including photos, sculptures, prints on varying materials, digital installations and murals. These artworks, and their social commentary, are stirring conversation starters.

5. Children’s Museum of Atlanta

Children’s Museum of Atlanta (📷 Children’s Museum of Atlanta)

With tons of interactive exhibits, events and good old-fashioned play, children ages 8 and younger (and their parents) will find nonstop creative amusement. This includes the current temporary exhibit, “The World of Hilarious Invention.” Visitors can check out the iconic contraptions, creative illustrations and hilarious storytelling of artist and inventor Rube Goldberg. Starting in February 2022, Storyland will then transform the space into a 3-D, bilingual learning environment. The exhibition will feature seven culturally diverse and beloved children’s books.

6. Georgia Aquarium

“SHARKS! Predators of the Deep” is the newest gallery at Georgia Aquarium. (📷 Georgia Aquarium)

When temperatures dip, visitors can enjoy the magnificent animals in the indoor aquarium’s 11 million gallons of water. Be sure to save time to visit the newest gallery at the Georgia Aquarium, “SHARKS! Predators of the Deep.” It is one of the largest and most dynamic shark exhibits in North America, where visitors can come face-to-face with these mysterious and often misunderstood sea creatures.

7. Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame

Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame (📷 Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame)

Kick a field goal, throw a touchdown or perform a karaoke-like version of your alma mater’s fight song at the hall. Visit on Saturdays during the college football season to experience the Gameday Tailgate Built by Home Depot and watch live gridiron action on the 36-foot, high-definition video board. Visitors can also see the “Southern Company Celebrating HBCUs,” which is a new permanent exhibit focusing on the history of HBCU athletics and culture. The limited-time Locker Room Exhibit is not to be missed. It showcases unique and personal artifacts from all 32 members of the 2020 and 2021 Hall of Fame Class.

8. The Breman Museum

The Breman Museum (📷 The Breman Museum)

For those seeking a new perspective, the Breman Museum’s new exhibition, “History with Chutzpah: Remarkable Stories of the Southern Jewish Adventure 1733 – Present” should be added to your to-do list. It gives voice to Jewish people from the past 300 years whose experiences, achievements and perceptions helped create and define the South. With over 250 artifacts, documents, photographs and oral histories, visitors can experience the stories not often told.

9. National Center for Civil and Human Rights

National Center for Civil and Human Rights (📷 Dustin Chambers)

The center has quickly become a must-see experience for Atlanta visitors. In addition to the permanent exhibitions examining the civil rights movement in the U.S. and around the world, the center hosts temporary exhibitions such as the current one, “A Better Life for Their Children.” From now through the end of December 2021, visitors can experience this photography exhibit examining the strides made in creating equitable education as well as how far there is left to go.

10. Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum (📷 Scott White)

The Museum gives visitors a close-up view of the modern American presidency through a life-sized replica of the Oval Office, 13-foot screens depicting “Day in the Life of the President” and an interactive map table that monitors elections and chronicles progress in fighting diseases around the world. Meander through the 35 acres of wooded parkland surrounding this Atlanta institution. The grounds include formal gardens, one with over 40 varieties of roses, sculptures, waterfalls, two small lakes and a tranquil Japanese Garden.

11. Museum of Design Atlanta

“Survival Architecture & The Art of Resilience” (📷 Terreform-One)

For those interested in design, visit the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA). It is the only museum in the Southeast exclusively devoted to the study and celebration of everything surrounding design. Its newest exhibition, “Survival Architecture & The Art of Resilience” will be open through Jan. 16, 2022. This exhibit reminds visitors of the power of design to build resilience and find solutions. Starting in February 2022, “Full Circle: Design Without End” will open at MODA. It will showcase designers who are using regenerative design to replenish natural systems instead of depleting them.

12. Michael C. Carlos Museum

“Each/Other” exhibit at Michael C. Carlos Museum (📷 Denver Art Museum)

Get into the cultural collaboration spirit with the new exhibit, “The Power of Making Art Together” at Emory University’s Michael C. Carlos Museum. This exhibition, by contemporary Native American artists Marie Watt and Cannupa Hanska Luger, enlists those viewing as collaboration partners. While there, see The Carlos Museum’s recently renovated Asian wing, focusing on Southeast Asian art.

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