Can’t-Miss Atlanta Exhibits

From world-class collections of ancient international art housed in modern, award-winning buildings to traditional, contemporary and emerging trends displayed in historic Southern mansions and modern urban spaces, exhibits in the ATL are as diverse as the city itself.  

Explore these spaces and others like Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta History Center and the Center for Puppetry Arts and discover works of art from around the world and around the neighborhood.

High Museum Of Art

The High Museum of Art has grown from its origins in a stately home on Peachtree Street to become the leading art museum in the Southeastern United States. Its permanent collection of more than 17,000 pieces of classic to contemporary art is now housed in a stunning, sleek, award-winning building by famed architect Richard Meier that is a work of art itself and a 2005 expansion by Renzo Piano. On display inside are works from the High’s collection of 19th- and 20th-century American and decorative art, European paintings, African art, and modern and contemporary art as well as photography. Check out the view of the collection from the different levels of the four-story, glass atrium.

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

Listen to Jazz on the Lawn at this magnificent Tudor Revival home listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Home to Coca-Cola heir Charles Howard Candler, Callanwolde is now a fine arts center situated on 12 acres of sculptured lawns and formal gardens. Arts education classes for children and adults include music and dance lessons, weaving, gardening, jewelry-making, painting and drawing, photography, pottery, writing and yoga. Rotating exhibits are offered in the Callanwolde Gallery.

The Swan Coach House Restaurant, Gift Shop and Gallery

Located on the grounds of Atlanta History Center, The Swan Coach House & Gallery, is a historic beacon in Buckhead. Run by The Forward Arts Foundation, this elegant home houses an art gallery, restaurant, gift shop and incomparable event space for a memorable evening for your celebration. Glorious gardens and terraces and classic Southern interiors create the ultimate Southern atmosphere. The restaurant is a popular spot for Southern brunches and high teas. Rotating exhibits and invitationals can be found on display in the gallery space.

Michael C. Carlos Museum

On the campus of Emory University, the Michael C. Carlos Museum has become one of the top museums in the Southeast with one of the most comprehensive collections from ancient Egypt, the Near East, Greece, Rome, the Americas, Africa and Asia, as well as a collection of works on paper from the Renaissance to the present.

Atlanta Contemporary

Discover up-and-coming artists at Atlanta Contemporary, where works from more than 100 consequential artists from local, national and international art scenes are presented. Atlanta Contemporary also plays a vital role in the cultural landscape of the ATL, offering educational programs, subsidized studio space to working artists and commissioning new works, particularly from artists who have no significant exhibits in the Southeast. 

Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA)

Located in the heart of the Midtown Arts District, Museum Of Design Atlanta (MODA) showcases rotating exhibitions focused solely on design. Exhibits highlight architecture, industrial and product design, interiors and furniture, graphics, fashion and more. Examine how design affects our daily lives at this unique museum.

Tiny Doors

Big wonder in tiny spaces is Tiny Doors ATL’s claim to fame. Look for these seven-inch wonders in spaces around the ATL.

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