The Michael C. Carlos Museum is located on the historic quadrangle at the Emory University in Atlanta and is dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, interpreting, and preserving artworks and artifacts from antiquity to the present day. The Museum aims to provide to promote interdisciplinary research and teaching at the University and provide exclusive opportunities for educational enrichment in the community.


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Founded in 1919 as the Emory University Museum due to a growing collection of art, which was started in 1876, the Michael C. Carlos Museum has been serving scholars, students, art-lovers, and history buffs for generations. Housed in the Michael Grave’s building, the Museum’s collections comprise over 16,000 works and feature works ranging from nineteenth-century acquisitions of Asian works to early twentieth-century and more recent acquisitions of African, Latin American, Classical, and Middle Eastern works. In addition to outstanding collections, the Museum also offers a variety of educational programs and academically rigorous projects for scholars and students, as well as performances, lectures, symposia, workshops, and festivals.

The Carlos Museum also offers a community outreach program called Art Odyssey for school children in Georgia by bringing art, history, and archaeology to the classroom, and operates a teaching laboratory and conservation center.

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The Michael C. Carlos Museum has grown into one of the most esteemed institutions in the Southeast with more than 17,000 artifacts, art and objects from ancient Africa, Asia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and Nubia, as well as an impressive collection of paper works dating back to the Renaissance.

Covering the full spectrum of the Nile Valley’s civilization, the collection of Ancient Egyptian and Nubian antiquities and artifacts spans historical periods from the early Prehistoric to Roman times. Highlights of this fascinating collection include the oldest Egyptian mummy in the world, as well as 10 other sarcophagi, one of which is thought to be the lost pharaoh, Ramesses I. Other objects include nine coffins, and funerary material from the 21st Dynasty (ca. 1070–946 BC).

The collections of Greek and Roman Art span over four millennia from the early Neolithic period to the 4th and 5th centuries during the Roman period, including semi-precious stones, works in gold, silver, bronze, ivory and bone. Highlights of the Greek and Roman collection range from one of the earliest bathtubs in the world and a marble Roman sarcophagus from the 5th century to an over life-size portrait of Tiberius and the garnet head of Berenike II.

The Carlos Museum's collection of art from the Americas consists of more than 2,300 pieces representing all three principal cultural centers, namely Central America, Mesoamerica, and the Andes, including works from the Maya and Aztec to the Inca and Chavín. The collection also features over 600 works from ancient Costa Rica.

The South Asian art collection represents some of the major religious cultures in the world today and their ancient roots, such as Buddhism and Hinduism. Dating back to periods between the 1st to the 17th-century works and objects in the collection include a magnificent late 2nd-century sandstone Buddha from Mathura (Indian Buddhism), a 14th-century Tibetan gilded bronze statue (Buddha Shakyamuni), and an 11th-century sculpture of Vishnu (Hindu). The ancient Indian religious tradition Jainism is represented by a 10th-century bronze altar.

The works on the paper collection were begun in 1967 and consist of more than 4,000 drawings, prints, and photographs encompassing French and Italian drawings, Renaissance and Baroque etchings and engravings, American Regionalist prints, 19th and 20th-century photography, and contemporary works.

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The Michael C. Carlos Museum offers a wide variety of educational programs for children, scholars, students, and adults, as well as informative docent-led group tours. Programs include group tours adult’s, student’s and children’s workshops, homeschool days, student research blogs, and chamber music concerts. Other programs and events range from AntiquiTEA, Artful Stories at the Museum, Carlos Reads Book Club, and family concerts to lectures, gallery talks, and symposia about the Museum’s permanent collection and evolving exhibitions.

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4.Visitor Information

Visitor Information
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The Michael C. Carlos Museum is located at the Emory University at 571 South Kilgo Circle in Atlanta 130 and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Visitors can enjoy free docent-led tours of the Museum every Sunday at 2:00 pm and group tours of 10 people or more must be booked in advance. The Museum also offers special tours for people with mild cognitive impairment or dementia called Museum Moments that offers a unique and unforgettable experience.

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Emory University, 571 South Kilgo Cir NE, Atlanta, GA 30322, Phone: 404-727-4282

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