Last updated: 3/21/2011
Atlanta, Georgia
130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30305
phone: 404-814-4000
Museum Hours
Monday - Saturday10 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday12 PM - 5:30 PM
Gardens and Grounds close at 5:15 PM
Swan House & Smith Family House Tours
Monday - Saturday11 AM - 4 PM
Sunday1 PM - 4 PM
Kenan Research Center
Wednesday - Saturday10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday - Tuesday11:59 PM - 11:59 PM
•$16.50 for adults
•$13 for seniors 65+ and students 13 and up
•$11 for youths 4 to 12
•Free for Members and children under 4
The all-inclusive general admission provides access to the Atlanta History Center, including the Atlanta History Museum, the Centennial Olympic Games Museum, the 1860 Smith Family Farm, the 1928 Swan House, and 33 acres of gardens. Free and convenient parking is available!
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The Atlanta History Museum at the Atlanta History Center is one of the largest history museums in the nation, featuring award-winning signature exhibitions that tell the story of the region's people, from its earliest settlers to the international city of today. Be sure to check our calendar for listings of our current temporary exhibitions. The Atlanta History Museum also includes a unique Museum Shop and Chick-fil-A at the Coca Cola Café.

The Atlanta History Center’s property features six historic gardens representing Georgia’s distinctive flora, both native and introduced. Each garden tells the story of a particular group of people who interacted with this land and its plants in distinguishable ways. The Atlanta History Center also operates three historic houses, all listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Tullie Smith Farm and the Swan House, both located at our Buckhead campus, take visitors back in time to explore the lifestyles of Atlantans from the 1860s through the 1930s.

Choose from a wide array of unique pieces ranging from handmade jewelry, pottery, and folk art to golf memorabilia and fanciful garden knick-knacks. Hand- woven pillows and shawls, made from the wool of the Tullie Smith Farm sheep make a perfect addition to any home. Browse our collection of books and videos on all aspects of history, from the Civil War to present day. Pick up a T-shirt or an old-fashioned toy for a young person and remember to come back for holiday and special occasion shopping. Members receive an additional 10% off purchases. All proceeds support the Atlanta History Center exhibitions and educational programs.

With venues for small daytime corporate meetings to 500-person galas, the Atlanta History Center offers the widest variety of special events option at one location. For a truly unique event, host a party in the Atlanta History Center’s Grand Overlook with gorgeous views of the wooded Quarry garden, or spend an elegant evening in the gardens of the well-known 1928 Swan House mansion. Or, hold your event in the Atlanta History Museum and invite your guests to explore award-winning exhibits throughout the evening. Sip southern libations and enjoy exquisite cuisines while enjoying the views of our Asian-American garden from the Members’ Room in McElreath Hall or host a southern barbecue or low-country boil at the 1860s Smith Family Farm. No matter what your event is, the Atlanta History Center can create the ultimate event for your and your guests.

The Atlanta History Center is a unique campus that houses the Atlanta History Museum, Centennial Olympic Games Museum, Swan House, Tullie Smith Farm, six historic gardens, and the Kenan Research Center. The Atlanta History Center also includes the Margaret Mitchell House, located off-site at our Midtown campus.


In 1926, fourteen civic-minded Atlantans chartered the Atlanta Historical Society to help preserve the city’s history. These founding members met at each other’s homes, collected early manuscripts and photographs, and published research bulletins – all “to arouse in the citizens and friends of Atlanta an interest in its history.” Over the past 82 years, the organization has grown substantially in both scope and size, and in 1990, the Atlanta Historical Society and all of its holdings officially became the Atlanta History Center. Now located on 33 acres in historic Buckhead, the Atlanta History Center strives to connect people, history, and culture through one of the country’s premier History Centers.

Educational Programs

The Atlanta History Center brings history to life through living history programs for children and families, lecture series with award-winning authors, toddler programs, homeschool days, summer camps, music series, adult and teacher workshops and classes, annual festivals such as Sheep to Shawl and Day of the Dead, and much more.


Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

Appointment required: No


Wheelchair Accessible


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