You don’t have to spend a penny to get a great fun & educational experience in Atlanta! From paper making to art history, some of the best attractions in Atlanta are completely free!
Booth Museum of Western Art
The Booth Western Art Museum houses the largest permanent exhibition space for Western art in the country. Galleries feature contemporary Western American art, historic Western art, Civil War art, Presidential portraits and letters, Western movie posters, and Western illustration. Don’t skip Sagebrush Ranch, an interactive gallery where children of all ages can learn about art and Western America. The first Thursday of the month from 4:00pm – 8:00 pm admission is completely free!
Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking
The Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking is an internationally renowned resource on the history of paper and paper technology. In addition to more than 2,000 books, the museum features a remarkable collection of over 10,000 watermarks, papers, tools, machines, and manuscripts. The museum’s mission is to collect, preserve, increase and disseminate knowledge about papermaking – past, present and future. Admission is completely free, but donations are welcome.
Anne Frank Museum
The Anne Frank Museum’s 600 photograph and more than 8,000 word exhibit tells the story of young Anne Frank, from her days of freedom in the 1930s to her hiding with her family in Amsterdam, to her 1945 death in the Bergen-Belson concentration camp. This powerful, moving exhibit provides visitors a chance to learn, explore, share and remember the history and lessons of the Holocaust and its continued relevance today.
The Center for Puppetry Arts Museum
The Center for Puppetry Arts features more than 350 puppets from the around the world, specialty rotating exhibits, the not-to-miss Jim Henson showcase – and that’s just the beginning. There’s something for everyone and always something new. Every Thursday admission to the museum is free from 1-3 pm.
Backstage Chick-fil-a Home Office Tour
The Chick-fil-A Home Office Backstage Tour is a walking, guided cultural tour. The central focus is S. Truett Cathy, Founder of Chick-fil-A. Throughout the tour, you will get to experience our most valued company assets: our hospitable people, delicious food, the infectious “Eat Mor Chikin” Cows, and our unique story. Reservations must be made in advance, you can make your reservation by clicking here.
Imagine It! Children’s Museum of Atlanta
The Children’s Museum of Atlanta’s goal is to spark imagination and inspire discovery and learning for all children through the power of play. Paint on walls, work with levers and pulleys, run your own grocery store and much more with the hands on exhibits at Imagine It! The second Tuesday of every month is completely free starting at 1:00. More information can be found here.
Ever wonder how CDC scientists merge old-fashioned detective work with high-tech science to crack the cases of mystery diseases? Get the Story! Visit the David J. Sencer CDC Museum at CDC Headquarters. This unique museum features award-winning permanent and changing exhibitions that focus on a variety of public health topics, as well as the history of CDC. The museum is free and open to the public.
Atlanta Monetary Museum
The Atlanta Monetary Museum features a display on the history of money; interactive, multimedia exhibits explaining the Federal Reserve’s role in the economy; and a view of the bank’s automated vault and cash processing areas. Admission is free daily.
Fernbank Science Center
At Fernbank Science Center science truly becomes an adventure! Experience the exhibit hall, planetarium, observatory, outdoor gardens and library. Free admission, although the planetarium charges a small fee.
Georgia Capital Museum
The Georgia Capital Museum seeks to preserve and interpret the history of the Georgia Capitol itself as well as the events that have taken place within its walls. To carry out this purpose, the Museum collects, maintains, and exhibits significant artifacts, including historic flags and works of art, within the State Capitol. The museum is free and a wonderful opportunity to introduce our youngest visitors to Georgia.
Marietta Fire Museum
The Marietta Fire Museum has many items on display used by the Marietta Fire Department dating back to the 1800s. The museum has fire service clothing, equipment and antique apparatus. Some items in the museum are on loan from private collectors. Yours run Mon-Fri and admission is completely free.
The King Library and Archives
The King Library and Archives in Atlanta is the largest repository of primary source materials on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the American Civil Rights Movement in the world. The collection consists of the papers of Dr. King and those of the organization he co-founded, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, as well as the records of 8 major civil rights organizations and of several individuals active in the Movement. The archives also include more than 200 oral history interviews with Dr. King’s teachers, friends, family and civil rights associates.
The Michael C Carlos Museum
The Michael C. Carlos Museum has grown over the last century to become one of the most revered institutions in Georgia, serving generations of students, scholars, schoolchildren, history buffs, art lovers, and tourists. It houses collections of Egyptian, Near Eastern, Classical, ancient American, African, and Asian art, as well as its important body of works of art on paper from the Renaissance to the present. This is free on select Thursdays, click here to find a list of current free days.
Museum of History and Holocaust Education
The Museum of History and Holocaust Education at Kennesaw State University presents public events, exhibits and educational resources focused on World War II and the Holocaust in an effort to promote education and dialogue about the past and its significance today.
These are great activities to keep your family entertained and learning without breaking the bank. Have fun and keep learning!