World’s Largest Oil Painting Calls Atlanta Home
The Atlanta History Center is proud to announce the opening of Cyclorama: The Big Picture, featuring the fully restored “Battle of Atlanta” cyclorama painting.
Upon entering Cyclorama: The Big Picture, visitors are invited to watch an introductory video. Two levels of exhibitions include a look at truths and myths of the Civil War, untold stories of the painting, the role movies and visual entertainment have had on shaping perspectives of the Civil War and a look at the fleeting entertainment sensation of cycloramas.
Guests enter the painting rotunda through a 7-foot-tall tunnel entry—passing underneath the diorama—before ascending an escalator to the 15-foot-tall stationary viewing platform. Here visitors get a full 360-degree view of the painting, enhanced by technology and a 12-minute theatrical, larger-than-life presentation projected onto the painting.
Reasons to see the Cyclorama
- The painting, “The Battle of Atlanta,” is one of only two cycloramas in the United States, the other being the Battle of Gettysburg cyclorama, making Atlanta home to one of America’s largest historic treasures.
- Be stunned by a new multimedia experience with a 132-year-old hand-painted work of art that stands 49 feet tall, is longer than a football field and weighs 10,000 pounds.
- See “The Battle of Atlanta” cyclorama painting as it was originally intended to be viewed, an experience no one has seen or felt in nearly 100 years.
- Look out for the soldier in the diorama, which was made to resemble “Gone With the Wind” actor Clark Gable.
- Leave plenty of time when you plan your visit because there is much to see. In a reception area and an anteroom just outside the entrance to the cyclorama, there are posters, books, artifacts, interactive screens and a time-lapsed video of the move of the cyclorama from Grant Park to Atlanta History Center.
Know before you go
How much is admission to the Atlanta Cyclorama?
Admission to Cyclorama: The Big Picture is included in Atlanta History Center’s all-inclusive general admission ticket, which includes full access to all exhibitions, three historic houses, Goizueta Gardens and the Kenan Research Center. And parking is free.
Where is the Atlanta Cyclorama located?
The Atlanta Cyclorama is located at Atlanta History Center in Buckhead:
130 West Paces Ferry Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
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