Metropolitan Frontiers is the largest and most comprehensive exploration of urban history in the Southeast. The history of Atlanta’s emergence as a major city is one of growth, change, and renewal. This award-winning exhibition presents the regenerative story of Atlanta, as symbolized through the fiery legend of the Phoenix, with four artifact-rich environments introducing Atlanta as a rural region, a transportation center, a commercial city, and a suburban metropolis.
Highlights of the exhibition include an 1879 log cabin from Moore’s Mill Road, an 1894 Shotgun house from southwest Atlanta, an 1898 horse-drawn, steam-driven fire engine used by the Atlanta Fire Department in the city’s devastating 1917 fire, and a Hanson automobile built in Atlanta in 1920 – one of only two known to exist!
Video presentations depict key transitions in the city’s history, including the Civil War and Reconstruction, the city’s early-twentieth century challenges rooted in race, gender, and technology, the impact of World War II on Atlanta, and the city’s growth in the late twentieth century. Vintage film footage documents the 1939 premiere of Gone With the Wind, the rise of Atlanta to national and international prominence, and the city’s primary role in the Civil Rights Movement.
Guided tours are available on Saturdays and Sundays beginning promptly at 12:15 PM and ending at 1:45 PM.
Metropolitan Frontiers is funded in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and by the Georgia Council for the Arts and the Georgia Humanities Council through the Georgia Folklife Program.