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Arts & Museums
If you are fascinated by the wondrous colors and hues of blown glass then drop in for a hands-on session of glass blowing at Atlanta Hot Glass. The team here teaches novices from scratch in interactive classes. You can even exhibit your creation at exhibitions organized here from time to time. Now isn't it a delightful idea?
If you’re from the South, you’ve no doubt eaten at the Waffle House. The iconic 24-hour restaurant chain was born in Atlanta. The first Waffle House location now serves as a museum where visitors can experience what life was like in 1955, when the restaurant first opened. Original fixtures and carefully crafted replicas recreate the original interior. Next door, Waffle House memorabilia - such as menus, uniforms and merchandize - demonstrate how the restaurants have changed over time. If you find you’re craving a waffle after the tour, never fear. There are 225 locations in metro Atlanta alone, with the closest location just down the street. The museum is now open by appointment only, so call ahead (with 48 hours advanced notice) to arrange a tour.
Founded in 1991 as Vinson Gallery, today VINSONart as it is now called, is a private art gallery showcasing a superb range of contemporary artworks. Featuring the best of original contemporary artwork by emerging and established European and American artists, the gallery also offers curatorial services as well. Appointments are recommended to visit VINSONart
Colleges are often regarded as centers of intellectual enlightenment, and in the case of Decatur's Agnes Scott College, the same can be said for artistic endeavors. Housed in a pleasant campus environment, Dalton Gallery features diverse thematic group exhibitions of contemporary works by local, national, and international artists. Special programs and exhibits are offered regularly, and are always open to the public. Ten minutes by car from downtown Atlanta, this East side cultural oasis is well worth the trip.
An eclectic name for a unique folk gallery, Wild Oats & Billy Goats will thrill and surprise you. Adorned with beautiful paintings, pottery, wood craft, jewelry and sculpture, it has an enchanting aura to it. You will also find cute handcrafted works as well here. The gallery also offers workshops and events to promote this art to the community.
Established in 1967, Atlanta's Fernbank Science Center is a great place to nurture your scientific curiosity. The exhibit area, spread across 9000 square feet (836.12 square meters), features both permanent and traveling exhibits; they encompass various branches of science. Get a glimpse of the starry night sky at the planetarium. Visitors can also peruse the library, Compost Site, Solar Experiment and a couple of laboratories. The different facilities of the Fernbank Science Center, follow varying hours of operation; check the website for further details before visiting.
The Fernbank Museum of Natural History is one of the largest museums in the country. Surrounded by 140 acres (56 hectares) of forests, it is located a short distance from downtown and is a must on itineraries to Atlanta. Natural history buffs can marvel at intriguing exhibitions in the Great Hall. A landmark in itself, this splendid building features a vertigo-inducing skylight that towers at 86 feet (26 meters). Interactive programs at the planetarium promise an entertaining astronomy lesson, while the 315-seater IMAX theater showcases movies on its five-story screen. Note that film screenings on Fridays are accompanied by delicious martinis.
Showcasing ancient Egyptian art, this 45,000-square foot (4180-square meter) museum is a brilliant addition to Atlanta's cultural landscape. Affiliated with Emory University, the museum's permanent collection of over 15,000 objects spans a historical stretch of nearly 9000 years, from the prehistoric cultures of the 7th Century BCE to the 20th Century. The museum also sponsors many special exhibitions, lectures, films, and workshops. Visit Cafe Antico for daily gourmet lunches in a dramatic setting.
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.
If you have an interest in painting and don't mind an adult beverage every now and then, Sips n Strokes was made for you. Offering art classes that encourage students to bring their own beer or wine, Sips n Strokes is all about making learning to paint fun. Instructors guide classes through basic painting techniques while allowing every student to take home his or her works. Sips n Strokes has locations throughout the South, as this beverage-infused art is way too much fun to be confined to just one location.
Few people know that tucked away within the massive Centers for Disease Control complex near Emory University is the fascinating David J. Sencer CDC Museum. Developed in association with the Smithsonian Institute, the museum features state-of-the-art exhibits on the history of CDC and its lead role in disease investigation and eradication in the United States and around the globe. A large scale multimedia installation, Global Symphony presents compelling narratives and media collages about CDC's impact on public health. Permanent and temporary exhibits explore smallpox eradication, AIDS prevention and other health issues. Before you go, be sure to have a government-issued photo I.D. (driver's license or passport) with you for entry. Exhibits are self-guided; however tours can be arranged in advance for groups of 10 or more.
This registered historic site, set in lush woods on a beautiful estate offers a wide variety of arts classes and programs throughout the year. Both children and adults can take advantage of classes and workshops in a variety of subjects withing performing and visual arts.