Presidential Museums – Visiting the President Carter Museum in Atlanta

This is another in an ongoing series of travelogue articles about presidential historic sites, homes, and museums. The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum is located just east of downtown Atlanta, not far from the city’s many attractions. Let’s take a closer look…

Visiting Atlanta

Atlanta, one of the deep south’s most enduring cities, is a popular destination for business and leisure travelers alike. Vibrant and energetic, Atlanta boasts several appealing neighborhoods for visitors, along with ample nightlife, family attractions, and outstanding restaurants.

We recommend you rent a car, but it is possible to navigate Atlanta via the MARTA transportation system, an above ground metrorail. Stops are located conveniently to most attractions, and if you’re staying downtown, it is a viable option.

Although the downtown area is reasonably compact, you will need a car to explore many of the neighborhoods. Spring, fall, and even winter are great times to visit. Summer is usually hot and humid, but bearable for the most part.

When visiting downtown Atlanta, you will want to tour the visitors centers of both the giant soft drink manufacturer Coke and the CNN media headquarters. Both are fascinating tours, and at CNN you can see live shows being filmed and even participate as an audience member.

Nearby is a below ground shopping area called Underground Atlanta, a several square block area of shops and market stalls directly below the busy streets above.

Atlanta’s Neighborhoods

Two neighborhoods in particular are well worth a visit for dining and shopping opportunities. The Virginia-Highland area, named after its two main streets, is a stretch of stores, restaurants, and nightlife options. It is ideal for a stroll, window shopping, or bar hopping.

Just north of the city is the upscale Buckhead area, sort of a miniature version of Rodeo Drive. Here you’ll find fine dining, trendy nightlife clubs, and shopping for the latest fashions. Either neighborhood is the perfect destination for an afternoon or evening.

Visiting the Carter Library And Museum

A few miles east of downtown is the President Jimmy Carter Library and Museum. The former president still has his offices here. The site is partially owned and administered by the federal government and also by private interests.

The museum is open for tours daily and was remodeled in 2009. There are numerous rotating exhibits, depicting not only crucial events in American history but also specific to the presidency. Carter’s career and presidency are chronicled, along with his family life and many contributions after he left office.

At the museum, you can view a life size replica of the Oval Office, and learn about Carter’s unlikely ascent to the presidency as a relatively unknown governor from Georgia. His years in office are spotlighted, with numerous multi media presentations and a display of memorabilia from his presidency.

Summary

A visit to Atlanta and the Carter Museum is perfect for travelers of any age and interest level. Family activities abound in Atlanta, and there are several great neighborhoods to explore. You can also learn about President Carter’s life and presidency and the impact he had on American history.