For culture aficionados, the art galleries, theaters and music scene of Atlanta cannot be missed out on. From a Grammy Award-winning orchestra to the top ballet performances, Atlanta is a mecca for the artistically inclined. Plan in advance for a trip to Atlanta since some of these locations have temporary shows, events and plays that are only playing for a limited amount of time.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
For dinosaurs and hands-on exhibits, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History cannot be beat. It offers the largest movie screen in town at the IMAX theater and regularly features live music events. Even when special events are not available, this museum is an immersive way to make science come alive.
The Alliance Theatre
Located at 1280 Peachtree Street, the Alliance Theatre was first started in 1968. Since that time, it has become the leading theater in the southeastern region of the United States. It receives an estimated 200,000 patrons each year at various plays, performances and events.
The Atlanta Opera
Stared in 1979, the Atlanta Opera is one of the best opera companies in the United States. It works to engage the community through live performances. Three productions are presented each season by the Atlanta Opera at the Cobb Energy Centre. Run by Tomer Zvulun, this opera regularly attracts some of the nation’s best singers, designers and conductors.
The Atlanta History Center
Spanning 33 acres, the Atlanta History Center was started in 1926. As one of the region’s largest history museums, it includes two historic houses. Visitors can check out the Coca-Cola Cafe, the Tullie Smith Farm or the Centennial Olympic Games Museum when they visit the history center. In addition, visitors can check out the house that Margaret Mitchell lived in while she wrote her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
The Atlanta Ballet
For a rewarding experience, visit the Atlanta Ballet. Challenge your senses and awaken yourself to the amazement of dance. While the ballet regularly puts on standard performances like the Nutcracker, the blend of classic and innovative performances throughout the year is worth watching.
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
Placed on 12 acres of lawns and gardens, the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center is actually on the National Register of Historic Places. Visit the fine arts center for a basic tour, or enroll in one of Callanwolde’s many art education programs.
From visiting the region’s top theater to enjoying a ballet performance, Atlanta is filled with cultural and artistic activities to satisfy the most discerning of visitors. As an added benefit, exhilarating performances and showings throughout the year are available. Tickets are booked in advance for the top performances, so make sure to play your cultural adventure early.