We adore the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, World of Coca-Cola and all the other gems in Atlanta, but there are dozens and dozens of amazing museums beyond the metro, as well. Here are six Georgia museums we insist you visit with your kiddos.
Booth Western Art Museum (Cartersville)
You’ll see Western artwork, presidential paintings and letters, Civil War art and 200+ Native American artifacts at the Booth Western Art Museum. It’s the second largest art museum in the state and holds the country’s largest permanent exhibition space for Western art. Don’t miss Sagebrush Ranch, an interactive gallery where kiddos can learn about art and Western America.
Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site (Dahlonega)
The 1836 Federal/Greek Revival building in the center of town square is the oldest surviving courthouse in Georgia. The Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site offers guides, displays, a gift shop, and the award-winning “Gold Fever” film of the late 1820’s story that brought the town to life. Have the kids keep an eye out for the locally made bricks containing traces of gold. Three ways to see gold in Dahlonega, Ga.
Foxfire Museum & Heritage Center (Mountain City)
When The Foxfire Book became a national phenomenon, Foxfire students purchased land and created the Foxfire Museum & Heritage Center, a physical presence in the community. Experience the simple, functional buildings like homes, a chapel, workshops and more. More Foxfire photos here.
Georgia State Railroad Museum (Savannah)
The Georgia State Railroad Museum is a family-friendly facility featuring several children’s play areas. You can see, hear and smell historic steam and diesel locomotives come to life. Tour inside two executive rail cars, take a train ride tour of the museum, and ride on a hand car.
Museum of Aviation (Warner Robins)
Museum of Aviation is the second largest aerospace museum of the USAF. See more than 90 different aircraft, spread over four hangers and 51 acres. Meander through spy planes, fighter jets, bombers, bi-planes and several famous aircraft. Kids can even climb into the cockpits of several displays, so don’t forget your camera.
National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center (Columbus)
The large, beautiful National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center is a world-class tribute to those who served in this capacity in the Army. As you walk into the building, you’ll first approach the Last 100 Yards Ramp — an emotional and fully immersive walk through time, covering the Infantry since its formation in 1775 through the present. That is only the beginning. You’ll see a full-sized helicopter, mini tanks, Harley-Davidson motorcycles and more. More hidden gems in Columbus.
Lesli Peterson is Georgia’s official Family Explorer and the owner of 365AtlantaFamily, which offers a daily dose of inspiration for metro-area families. Click here for more Family content from Lesli.