Movies, pop culture, history, art – these six attractions offer a surprising glimpse into Georgia’s cultural and historical significance.
In cities large and small, Georgia’s cultural attractions are both significant and unexpected. In big-city Atlanta, you can tour a large museum dedicated to the history of civil and human rights. In small-town Cartersville, you’ll be equally impressed by the largest collection of Western art in the United States. As you discover Georgia’s outdoor recreation, family-friendly activities and fantastic dining scene, be sure to fit in these notable cultural hot spots.
Gone with the Wind Museum
Located in Marietta, the Gone with the Wind Museum is dedicated to the timeless Hollywood film and famous novel by Margaret Mitchell. See Mitchell’s personal copies of her own book, movie posters, set costumes, international memorabilia and much more. This downtown Marietta attraction is a must for any fan of this American Civil War-era sensation.
Center for Civil and Human Rights
The Center for Civil and Human Rights is located in downtown Atlanta near other must-see attractions such as Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca-Cola. Through a variety of thought-provoking art, video, music, cultural artifacts and interactive exhibits, this museum covers the history of the Civil Rights Movement in the USA and the global human rights movement.
A Nelson Mandela quote is etched into the front fountain of the National Center for Human Rights
Augusta Museum of History
The Augusta Museum of History's permanent exhibits present more than 11,000 years of local history, from the region’s native tribes to the Civil War to a fire that devastated the city in 1916, all the way through modern times. Visit the golf exhibit, which covers the rich tradition of golf in the Augusta area, including the legacy of The Masters Tournament, which calls Augusta home. The “Godfather of Soul” James Brown grew up in Augusta, too; don’t miss the amazing James Brown hall featuring his records, personal effects and extravagant costumes.
Booth Western Art Museum
You might expect to find a museum dedicated to American Western art somewhere… well, out West. But the Booth Western Art Museum is located in Cartersville, Georgia and boasts the largest permanent exhibition of Western art in the USA. From sculptures to movie posters, the museum displays early Western art, a Civil War gallery, presidential photos, illustrations, literature and more.
The entrance to the Booth Western Art Museum
Wormsloe State Historic Site
One of the most picturesque alleys of live oak trees – an iconic sight of the southern USA – is found at the Wormsloe State Historic Site in Savannah. Learn about the Colonial estate of Noble Jones, who lived here as one of the first Savannah settlers in the early 1700s. The tabby ruin of his estate is the oldest standing structure in the city. See gravesites, walk scenic trails, attend the Colonial-style market and military demonstrations, and enjoy this bit of Georgia history.
The “Waving Girl” Statue
The “Waving Girl” comes from the well-known story in Savannah of Florence Martus, daughter of a sergeant based in Fort Pulaski who lived at the Elba Island Lighthouse from 1887-1931. For those 44 years, she dutifully waved a handkerchief at ships entering the port. Tales of the “waving girl” traveled from sailor to sailor all around the world. The namesake statue, created by the famous “Iwo Jima Memorial” sculptor Felix de Weldon, immortalizes the image of Florence’s signature greeting.