Exhibit on rappelling at National Infantry Museum

National Infantry Museum in Columbus, Georgia. Photo by @gcalebjones

Museums Outside of Atlanta to Visit with the Family

We adore the Children's Museum of Atlanta, World of Coca-Cola and all the other gems in Atlanta, but there are dozens and dozens of amazing museums beyond the metro, as well. Here are six Georgia museums we insist you visit with your kiddos.

Western art in The Booth Museum
The Booth Museum in Cartersville, Georgia

1. The Booth Museum in Cartersville

You’ll see Western artwork, presidential paintings and letters, Civil War art and 200+ Native American artifacts at The Booth Museum. It’s the second largest art museum in the state and holds the country’s largest permanent exhibition space for Western art. Don’t miss Sagebrush Ranch, an interactive gallery where kiddos can learn about art and Western America.

Exterior of the Dahlonega Gold Museum in fall
Dahlonega Gold Museum in Dahlonega, Georgia

2. Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site in Dahlonega

The 1836 Federal/Greek Revival building in the center of town square is the oldest surviving courthouse in Georgia. The Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site offers guides, displays, a gift shop, and the award-winning "Gold Fever" film of the late 1820’s story that brought the town to life. Have the kids keep an eye out for the locally made bricks containing traces of gold.

Exterior of Foxfire Museum
Foxfire Museum in Mountain City, Georgia

3. Foxfire Museum & Heritage Center in Mountain City

When The Foxfire Book became a national phenomenon, Foxfire students purchased land and created the Foxfire Museum & Heritage Center, a physical presence in the community. Experience the simple, functional buildings like homes, a chapel, workshops and more.

Locomotive outside the Georgia State Railroad Museum
Georgia State Railroad Museum in Savannah, Georgia

4. Georgia State Railroad Museum in Savannah

The Georgia State Railroad Museum is a family-friendly facility featuring several children’s play areas. You can see, hear and smell historic steam and diesel locomotives come to life. Tour inside two executive rail cars, take a train ride tour of the museum, and ride on a hand car.

Planes on display inside the Museum of Aviation
Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, Georgia

5. Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins

Museum of Aviation is the second largest aerospace museum of the USAF. See more than 90 different aircraft, spread over four hangers and 51 acres. Meander through spy planes, fighter jets, bombers, bi-planes and several famous aircraft. Kids can even climb into the cockpits of several displays, so don’t forget your camera.

Inside the National Infantry Museum in Columbus, Georgia
Inside the National Infantry Museum in Columbus, Georgia

6. National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center in Columbus

The large, beautiful National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center is a world-class tribute to those who served in this capacity in the Army. As you walk into the building, you’ll first approach the Last 100 Yards Ramp — an emotional and fully immersive walk through time, covering the Infantry since its formation in 1775 through the present. That is only the beginning. You’ll see a full-sized helicopter, mini tanks, Harley-Davidson motorcycles and more.

Published: July 2024
Written by: Lesli Peterson
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