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Arts & Museums
Don't go by the size of the city, Hapeville is steeped in transportation legacy. It was home to a Ford Motors plant and boasts one of the busiest airports worldwide. The Depot Museum celebrates that very heritage. Breathing new life in what was earlier the Central Of Georgia Depot, the establishment is features an impressive collection of artifacts of air, rail and automotive mediums. Historians and transportation enthusiasts are sure to enjoy the exhibitions and displays that trace the origin and evolution of the transport system.
This museum features displays of native Georgian history; from American Indians and colonists to more worldly events. Its sister museum, Teaching Museum North in Roswell, hosts a different range exhibits, although the two do share notable similarities. Peruse an impressive collection of American Indian artifacts, and examine the evolution of transportation in South Fulton County. There is also a very special exhibit on Anne Frank's diary. Admission is free.
The Delta Heritage Museum is located in the retired maintenance hanger that once housed all repair operations for this historic airline. Several aircraft are on display throughout the expansive floor space, three biplanes overshadowed by the last remaining and impeccably restored DC-3. The centerpiece of the exhibit, however, is the iconic "Spirit of Delta," a Boeing 767 that was purchased through employee fund raising during tough economic times. Featuring a smattering of historic aircraft and a convenient and affordable gift shop housed in the back of a plane, the Delta Heritage Museum is a perfect family outing for aviation lovers. Be advised, you must call ahead to schedule a trip as security clearance is needed to access the hangers. Contact the gift shop to schedule your visit today.
What used to be the East Atlanta Key shop has today metamorphosed into a secret gallery that operates from an obscure location. It showcases sculpture and art work created by amateur artists. The gallery calls itself the headquarters of people who will be called "ancestors in the future". It offers a metaphorically spiritual journey highlighting the beautiful things in life that one does not have time to notice.
Outside the gates of Zoo Atlanta on the grounds of Grant Park stands a stark, white marble structure housing the world's largest oil painting, the Atlanta Cyclorama. Painted in 1885-1886, the Cyclorama is a 365-degree mural depicting the Battle of Atlanta. This 1864 battle helped seal the South's fate during the American Civil War. A collection of artifacts and historical documents rounds out the museum, but the focus is on the one-of-a-kind centerpiece. Guided tours are available daily.
The Atlanta Braves are one of baseballs most iconic and historic teams. This museum is located on-site at Turner Field and features displays and exhibits about the team and its history. Over 600 artifacts from the Braves' history can be seen, from their start in Boston to its current standings. Any baseball fan is sure to be enthralled at this museum.
Making art accessible and affordable, and encouraging local artists, are two of DooGallery's significant visions. This small yet impressive gallery is a brainchild of owner DooG, who is an art aficionado himself along with being an enthusiastic sportsperson. The gallery is known for their fund raisers which focus on introducing newer artists to the local scene. Their works are made available to buyers at reasonable prices, which makes the place a favorite among all art lovers. The setting of the gallery itself is amazing with an adorable garden that is a perfect spot to unwind at after the show is over.
The Blue Tower Gallery is an eclectic art space known for exhibits by known as well as upcoming artists. From paintings, sculptures to film and media works are displayed here. The exhibitions are sometimes supported by live performances which makes it even more interesting.
Besides housing the governor's office and the state legislature, the Georgia State Capitol preserves and represents the state's rich and diverse history both inside and out. Named a National Historic Landmark in 1977, the Capitol is made of Indiana limestone and Georgia marble, with a golden dome that rises more than 240 feet (73 meters) from the rotunda floor. Free guided tours are available on weekdays. The Georgia State Museum of Science and Industry is housed on the first and fourth floors.
If seeing the beautiful blown-glass creations at Janke Studios leaves you feeling envious and wishing you could do the same, there's hope for you yet. Twice a week, this studio and gallery offers glass art classes for both beginners and advanced students, in which you can learn to make a magnificent vase or perhaps your own bubbling colored paperweight. Exhibitions and tours of the studio are available, and all art on display is for sale. Call for class schedules or drop by and pick up a brochure.
The King Center was built to commemorate the contributions of the civil rights activist and leader Martin Luther King Jr. The memorabilia and artifacts displayed here give visitors a sneak peak into the life of this eminent personality and his ideologies. The center contains his crypt which was moved from the South- View Cemetery. There is an Eternal Flame symbolizing the hope of Dr. King that lives on. The Freedom Hall contains major exhibits and a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. Frequented by eager tourists and students, this place provides an interesting and educating experience.
A few blocks to the east of downtown, the Sweet Auburn neighborhood is home to the birthplace of America's most influential Civil Rights leader. Operated by the National Park Service, this historic site contains Dr. King's boyhood home, his crypt and the Ebenezer Baptist Church. Tours are conducted daily. Since the historic site covers several city blocks, visitors are advised to stop at the Visitor Center upon arrival for a map and touring advice.