Love museums? Visiting Atlanta and planning on riding transit? Well, you’re in luck as there are several museums in the city that are easy to get to without a car. In fact, some are almost on top of MARTA stations. For a look at the closest Atlanta museums to transit, see the list below. A roundtrip fare is $5 or purchase a day pass for unlimited rides if you plan to make multiple trips to do a day’s worth of sightseeing
World of Coca-Cola
A hometown favorite, the World of Coca-Cola displays relics from the past and present. Plus, you can also taste different coke products from around the world. The museum is closest to the Peachtree Center MARTA station on the red/gold rail line and is also near several other attractions.
Next to the World of Coca-Cola is the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. The new museum features a Martin Luther King Jr. exhibit as well as exhibits on world human rights issues. It is technically closest to the Civic Center MARTA station if you’re just planning to visit this attraction, otherwise, Peachtree Center is more central to all the downtown sights.
The High Museum of Art is Atlanta’s major art museum conveniently located next to the Arts Center MARTA station. Major exhibits rotate in and out throughout the year and some Friday nights feature music events and late-night hours. Tours and gallery talks are also offered.
Across the street from the High Museum of Art is the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA). Exhibits tend to be more modern and have included design as it relates to 3-D printing, motorcycles, games, skateboards and even bathrooms. The museum also has a variety of programs and events.
The Georgia Capitol Museum collects and displays historic items related to the history of Georgia and its government, including old flags and artwork. Located in the ornate Georgia Capitol building near the Georgia State MARTA station, the museum is free and tours are also available.
The College Football Hall of Fame recently opened in downtown Atlanta near the Dome/CNN/Philips Arena/GWCC MARTA station. In the middle of many tourist attractions and several hotels, it is a fun area to visit. You can also jump in to the hands-on (or rather full-body experience) exhibits.
Next to the Midtown MARTA station, the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum provides tours of the apartment where Margaret Mitchell wrote the legendary “Gone With the Wind.” Tours are offered at regular times or explore on your own. Lectures, a summer camp and museum shop are also on site.
One of Atlanta’s more hidden museums is the Federal Reserve Monetary Museum near the Midtown MARTA station and across the street from the Margaret Mitchell House. Learn about the history of money and view the bank’s automated vault. Tours provide a more in-depth look at the building.