Make it a special exhibit day


When you are looking for fun things to do on weekends with your family, museums are ideal. They take a little planning to get it right though, because it is really the special exhibits that make the family outing unforgettable. This year will be packed with some original and astounding exhibits in the Atlanta area.


Get out your family fun calendar and pencil in these three special exhibits coming to Atlanta museums that your family will love:

Museum: Center for Puppetry Arts

Exhibit: Jim Henson: Wonders From His Workshop

Dates: On display now

There's one thing everyone in the family agrees on: muppets are great. Get under the felt with some of the high tech advances in puppetry that Jim Henson and his crew created after Sesame Street for films like The Dark Crystal, Fraggle Rock,andLabyrinth. Henson's legacy lives on in his company's new creations for Dinosaur Train and Pajanimals,and Sid the Science Kid. It's a multi-generational experience that you get really get your hands on (and in) at this exhibit on loan from the private Henson Family Collection.


Museum: Atlanta History Center

Exhibit: Turning Point: The American Civil War (Civil War 150)

Dates: On display now thru May of next year

The War Between the States, aka the Civil War, will become a lot more than a history lesson when your family interacts with the learning stations, dioramas, and videos on display here. There are so many ways your family can come together over items like a Medal of Honor won but the U.S. Colored Troops, or the flag of the Confederacy that flew over Atlanta at the time of the South's surrender. It's a moving, engaging exhibit that even touches on how the results of the Civil War continue to impact us as a nation today.


Museum: High Museum of Art

Exhibit: Girl With a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis

Dates: June 23–September 29, 2013

This summer, Vermeer's lifelike masterpiece comes to the Southeast for the very first time. If you have a painter, an art-lover, or even a historian in the family, this is absolutely the exhibit to see this summer.

The Dutch were much more interested in recording daily life than the ecstatic souther European painters, so walking through this gallery is like taking a time machine to a very different world. Vermeer was just one of a many visionary geniuses during the Dutch Golden Age, and you can compare his skill with Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Jan Steen, and others in this stunning presentation of over 35 masterpieces.



There are plenty more Atlanta area events and activities to do with your family at museums this year, many of them free or discounted, so get ready for a year of adventure.  Here are a few more Atlanta area museums with great exhibits on the way:


In Atlanta:

Children's Museum of Atlanta from February 9 – May 27, 2013 they use force, pressure, light and math to examine The Body Carnival: The Science and Fun of Being You

Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History – The General, the famous train stolen by Union spies in 1862, is one of their prize attractions. A trip here makes a great double feature after watching the silent comedy by Buster Keaton about the real events, called The General.

The CDC Museum. Yes, it's the Center for Disease Control, but your family will find it fascinating. During February 4 - May 24, 2013, their exhibit called Cities explores how the world is changing and accelerated urban expansion in the developing world.

Marietta History Museum. Just outside Marietta Square is a home for artifacts showing how Marietta and Cobb counties influence the world. Plus they have a 15.5 acre park full of planes called the Aviation Wing.


And some more that are just beyond the Atlanta metro area:

SouthNash Farm Battlefield (Hampton)

EastGeorgia Museum of Art (Athens)

NorthDahlonega Gold Museum (Dahlonega)

So start doing your homework to find the museums and exhibits that everyone can enjoy. Just make sure you get your tickets early, pack a picnic lunch for the day, and enjoy a family outing like never before.

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