Best museum in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

  • Jen West
  • For the AJC
6:00 a.m. Monday, June 20, 2016 Atlanta Events
Bob Andres
The Isamu Noguchi sculpture “Octetra,” a charming 11,250-pound stack of oversized bright red hexagonal nuts, was originally intended to stand in front of the newly finished High Museum in 1983, but was delayed for 33 years. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

People come from far and wide to visit Atlanta's collection of museums. Which local museum ranked the highest in this week's Best of Atlanta poll? 

Your voice was heard, and the High Museum of Art is your collective favorite. With its renowned collection of classic and contemporary art and award-winning architecture by Richard Meier and Renzo Piano, the High Museum of Art is one of the leading art museums in the southeastern United States. Arrive with an open mind and you will leave inspired. 

Coming in at second place is the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, one of Atlanta's most popular and iconic cultural attractions. Watch science come to life through immersive programming and unmatched experiences that encourage a greater appreciation of our planet and its inhabitants.

In third place and located on 33 acres in historic Buckhead, the Atlanta History Center strives to connect people, history and culture through one of the country’s premier history centers. You might even recognize it as the set of a few Hollywood blockbusters from years passed.

Our honorable mentions will also steal your heart and mind -- Children's Museum of Atlanta (Intown), Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History (Cobb), National Center for Civil and Human Rights (Intown), Hudgens Center For the Arts (Gwinnett), Computer Museum of America (North Fulton) and the Center for Puppetry Arts (Intown). 

No need to be rich to enjoy museums across the city. These Atlanta popular attractions offer free admission.

If you seek adventures of the mind, then these wacky museums might be right up your alley.

Think you've seen every museum Atlanta has to offer? You may want to double check your hit list. 

Your inner scientist will love these brainy musuems.

Read about our other Best of Atlanta winners and nominees here.