The Millennium Gate Museum in Atlanta aims to preserve and interpret the culture, history, philanthropic heritage, and art of Georgia. It also seeks to showcase the state's aesthetic and historical relevence to the country, as well as to the world. The Gate, a monumental arch, helps give Atlanta its historical nickname, "The Gate City." It also contains a museum that spans 12,000 square feet that tells Georgia's history through exhibitions, period rooms, film, and interactive technology. The Millennium Gate Museum showcases world-class art throughout the state by connecting Georgia's history and art museum and sharing exhibitions.

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The Glenn Gallery is located just past the museum's entrance and is a tribute to the Atlantic Station site's incredible history. Originally the home of Atlantic Steel, the Atlantic Station site was a mill that began near the end of the nineteenth century, and eventually expanded to be the one of the most powerful companies in the region. The site is now a "city within a city," an innovative community consisting of office building, apartments, home, and shops. A series of photographs are showcased in the Glenn Gallery that illustrate the site's dramatic transformation from successful steel mill to thriving town. These photographic exhibits honor the people associated with steel mill from its beginning.

The Eighteenth Century Georgia Pioneer Gallery features historical artifacts and documents dating back to Native Indian and Spanish periods, as well as British Colonial and American Revolutionary times. The gallery places an emphasis on the creation by General Oglethorpe of the Colony of Georgia, as well as the enlightenment ideals that were essential to its inception, beginning with the history of pre-Columbian Native Americans and the settlement of Georgia's coast by the Spanish in the sixteenth century.

The Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Galleries tell the story of the city's and state's early history, along with the leaders that helped them together become one of the world's most important destinations. The exhibits feature artifacts and photographs from twenty pioneering families that helped to shape Atlanta's economic, social, philanthropic, and political landscape.

Through a partnership with Georgia Tech, the Millennium Gate Museum created the Twenty-First Century Interactive Gallery. The gallery gives visitors the opportunity to explore the many neighborhoods that make up Atlanta, and how philanthropy has changed these communities, in an immersive setting using Nintendo Wii technology. The exhibition also features a projection that illustrates how the city has evolved over the last 150 years, allowing visitors to take a look back between the historic and contemporary views of Atlanta's landmarks.

The Millennium Gate Museum contains three different period rooms. The first room is a Colonial study from Lyman Hall, Georgia's Declaration of Independence signer, from the eighteenth century. The second period room is the office of Thomas K. Glenn from the nineteenth century. This office was used by the Coca-Cola magnate during his time as president of the Trust Company of Georgia and Atlantic Steel simultaneously. The third room is from the twentieth century, and is a drawing room of Pink House, a home designed by Edward Vason Jones and Philip Shutze.

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