Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Day-of reservations can be made onsite upon arrival at Atlanta History Center. Advance reservations can be made online at atlantahistorycenter.com or by calling 404.814.4000.
Upon completion of purchase, you will receive an email confirmation containing a General Admission ticket and a second ticket with your assigned time for the 30 minute experience on the platform of the painting rotunda. We recommend you arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to your scheduled timed experience.
Your Cyclorama: The Big Picture experience can be booked up to three months in advance.
Members can secure advanced tickets by visiting our member tickets webpage, entering their member number, and selecting the date and time of their timed experience.
The centerpiece of this new multi-media experience is the fully restored The Battle of Atlanta cyclorama painting, which is under a 75-year license agreement with the City of Atlanta. There will be plenty of time to visit again, and again!
Please plan to arrive 30 minutes before your ticketed entry time. Parking is free. After entering Atlanta History Center, visitors must present their printed ticket(s), or check-in, at the ticketing desk.
The line to enter the experience will form in the lower exhibition gallery. Please be in the line 15 minutes prior to your timed entry.
If you arrive later than 10 minutes after the beginning of your time slot, we will be unable to ensure your admission to the exhibition. No refunds will be issued for a missed time slot.
Yes. Your ticket includes access to all offerings on our 33-acre campus, from exhibitions to historic houses to beautiful gardens. Before or after you visit Cyclorama: The Big Picture, we invite you to look around Atlanta History Center’s gardens and grounds or visit the Museum Shop during our regular operating hours. However, you must be present for your experience time slot. If you miss your ticketed time by more than 10 minutes, you will not be guaranteed admission to the Cyclorama: The Big Picture experience.
Visitors are greeted by an introductory video as they enter the Cyclorama: The Big Picture exhibition. Two levels of exhibitions look at truths and myths of the Civil War; explore the untold stories of the painting; examine the role movies and visual entertainment have on shaping perspectives of the Civil War; and provide a look at the fleeting entertainment sensation of cycloramas. On Saturdays and Sundays, Cyclorama: The Big Picture features Meet the Past museum theatre performances, designed to bring history and the stories of everyday individuals to life.
A guest experience ambassador will meet you in the queue and lead groups through the viewing of The Battle of Atlanta painting. Guests enter the painting rotunda through a 7-foot-tall tunnel entry—passing underneath the diorama—before ascending an escalator to the 15-foot-tall stationary viewing platform. Here visitors get a full 360-degree view of the painting, enhanced by technology and a theatrical, larger-than-life presentation projected onto the painting. In addition to the escalator, there are two lifts to access the platform to ensure full accessibility to the experience.
The Cyclorama experience includes a 12 minute film about the history and changing interpretations of The Battle of Atlanta painting. This presentation is similar to a movie theater setting in that the room completely darkens and the film is projected onto the painting. The film includes short depictions of war with battle sounds, such as gunfire, shelling and explosions. Ear protection is available upon request to those with noise sensitivity. Closed captioning in English and Spanish as well as audio descriptions are available.
Visitors will have the remaining time to view the painting. Immediately following the timed experience, we will clear the viewing platform so we may accommodate the next group.
Please note: Periods of standing may be required during this experience. There will be limited mobile seating available throughout your experience.
In addition to the 30 minute viewing experience and audio-visual presentation in the painting rotunda, there are two levels of new exhibitions to explore. Depending on the level of detail you are interested in, you could spend up to 120 minutes in the galleries. And don’t forget that your ticket includes access to all offerings on our 33-acre campus, from exhibitions to historic houses to beautiful gardens. You could spend anywhere from a half day to a full day exploring Atlanta History Center.
The viewing platform has a capacity of 60 people for each timed audio-visual presentation.
Re-entry is not permitted.
Yes, non-flash photography is encouraged. Video and accessories such as selfie sticks, tripods, grip stabilizers, etc. are not permitted.
Yes, there is! Feel free to use #atlantacyclorama as well as #atlantahistorycenter. You’re welcome to tag us, too.
Parking is free! You read that correctly, parking is free. There is an onsite parking deck at Atlanta History Center.
Please print your tickets at home and present the ticket(s) at the ticketing desk, located at the main entrance, on the day of your scheduled visit.
Please note: Atlanta History Center staff reserve the right to ask for ID.
Tickets are not eligible for exchange or refund.