Between 2011 and 2015, the Atlanta History Center, one of the premier history museums in the nation, will present a series of exhibitions, research opportunities, and programs designed to commemorate the Civil War and help visitors understand the complexity of the issues surrounding the war. The Civil War Sesquicentennial presents a significant opportunity to study and reflect upon the Civil War and its legacy for all Americans. Year round, the Atlanta History Center welcomes visitors from all over the world to explore the Civil War through a variety of offerings, including the award-winning permanent exhibition, Turning Point: The American Civil War; temporary exhibitions, such as War in Our Backyards: Discovering Atlanta, 1861-1865, which showcases in-depth maps of the many struggles fought around the city of Atlanta; and a variety of public programs designed for all ages, making the History Center a must-visit destination for any Civil War enthusiast. Through 2015, the Atlanta History Center will reexamine the Civil War, its many meanings, and its current-day relevance 150 years later.
Explore the most critical conflict in our nation’s history through one of the nation’s largest exhibitions on the Civil War featuring more than 1,500 original artifacts, photographs, dioramas, videos, and interactive components.
Challenges visitors to consider their personal connections to a war that was literally fought in all of our backyards. Although the battlefields around Atlanta are gone, there are visible connections hiding in plain view: historic artifacts, dug relics, maps, photographs, monuments, and the Cyclorama, which is one of the world’s largest Civil War paintings.