Nearby Museums & Cultural Attractions

Centennial Olympic Park (0.2 miles)

This park was built in preparation for the Centennial 1996 Summer Olympics. It is surrounded by many major Atlanta Landmarks: the Georgia Aquarium, National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and the World of Coca-Cola on the north side of the park, and the Georgia World Congress Center, Georgia Dome, College Football Hall of Fame, Philips Arena and the CNN Center are all on the west side of the park.

Original photo by Michael Rivera –  is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
The King Center (1 mile)

“Established in 1968 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (“The King Center”) has been a global destination, resource center and community institution for over a quarter century.”1 This memorial is a wonderful place to learn more about Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy and his philosophy.


Original photo by Matt Lemmon is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 / Cropped from original

Other museums

Alliance Theater

Theatre enthusiasts can have a wonderful time watching a performance at Atlanta’s award-winning theatre.  This theatre is located at the Woodruff Arts Center.

Original photo by Georgia Steven Sherrill is licensed under GFDL and CC BY-SA 3.0 / Cropped from original
Atlanta Botanical Garden

If you are a plant lover you should definitely try to pay a visit to Atlanta Botanical Garden. See what’s in bloom during the conference.

Original photo by JR P is licensed underCC BY-NC 2.0 / Cropped from original
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Known for its powerful performances, this orchestra was originally founded as a youth orchestra by Chicagoan conductor Henry Sopkin in 1945. You can see the orchestra perform at the Woodruff Arts Center.

Original photo by John Phelan is licensed under CC BY 3.0 / Cropped from original
The Breman

This museum is a great place to learn more about Jewish history and the Holocaust through the permanent exhibition Absence of Humanity: The Holocaust Years. In addition to the aformentioned exhibitions, the museum is also presenting Where the Wild Things Are: Maurice Sendak in His Own Words and Pictures, an interactive exhibition.

Center for Puppetry Arts

The Center for Puppetry Arts is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to the art form of puppetry. It is one of the few puppet museums in the world.

High Museum of Art

Beautifully designed by Richard Meier, the pristine High Museum houses some of the most breathtaking exhibitions. If you are looking for a place to ponder and appreciate art look no further.  As a side note, this museum is adjacent to the Woodruff Arts Center.

Original photo by Chris Yunker is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 / Cropped from original
Margaret Mitchell House

This is the former home of American author Margaret Mitchell, famous for her Gone with the Wind novel. Interested in learning about Mitchell’s life, her novel and/or the story behind one of the most successful movies in the film industry? Go visit the Margaret Mitchell House and take the apartment tour that will teach all about “her life and the movie version of her book.”2 You can also see the Margaret Mitchell: A Passion for Character and The Making of a Film Legend: Gone with the Wind exhibitions.

Original photo by Carissa Rogers is licensed under CC BY 2.0 / Cropped from original

Farther afield

Atlanta History Center

Do you want to go see some exhibitions about the history of Georgia? Or perhaps you’d like to see some historic houses built in the 19th and 20th centuries? Or would you prefer to walk through some trails and gardens with some of Georgia’s unique flora? If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions then you may really enjoy visiting the Atlanta History Center.

Original photo by Greg Williams is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 / Cropped from original
For more information and ideas, see The Vice Guide to Atlanta


Atlanta is often described as a “city in a forest” and is full of parks and outdoor recreation areas. Here are just a few outdoor attractions to visit during your stay.

Atlanta Beltline

Home to various parks, trails, and rails, the Atlanta Beltline is another good place to go for walk. Known for its historic railway corridors, this is a redevelopment project that has redesigned the area so it can be used as greenspace. In addition to providing the community with greenspace, the Atlanta Beltline plans to develop a transit system by reusing its railway corridors.

Original photo by Daniel Mayer is licensed under GFDL and CC BY-SA 3.0 / Cropped from original
The Goat Farm Arts Center

The Goat Farm Arts Center assembles art, performance, science, design, and technology entities in developments that simultaneously operate as centers for contemporary art and performance. The center is housed in a 19th-century complex of industrial buildings and contains the studio space for over 450 artists, performers, designers, researchers, creative entities and small tech start-ups.

Original photo by Mmann1988 is licensed under CC BY 2.0
Grant Park

Originally established in the late nineteenth century, Grant Park is a vast greenspace that is an excellent place for an enjoyable stroll. This historical park is adjacent to “one of Atlanta’s oldest neighborhoods,” which consists of a variety of “Victorian era mansions and small cottages” and “early 20th-century bungalows.”3

Original photo by Scott Ehardt / Cropped from original
Piedmont Park

This is one of Atlanta’s most well-known parks. It is a fairly large park with beautiful trails, picnic areas, and tennis facilities. Piedmont Park has a rich history and has served to host a number of events, including many of Atlanta’s local celebrations. If you are looking to go for a relaxing walk or jog, or wish to see some wildlife, then Piedmont Park is the place to visit.

Original photo by Mike Schinkel is licensed under CC BY 2.0 / Cropped from original
Living Walls

If you enjoy art you should check out the walls from “Living Walls, the City Speaks, […] an annual conference on street art and urbanism that began in August 2010 in the city of Atlanta.”4 Many of these walls can be found towards the center of the city. You can find a cluster of them along Edgewood Avenue NE, Georgia Avenue, and Gresham Avenue SE.

Street_art_in_AtlantaOriginal photo by Keizers is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 / Cropped from original

This list adapted from the website of INCS 2015.