A building in Grant Park (named for a New England–born Confederate colonel, not the U.S. president) houses a huge circular painting depicting the 1864 Battle of Atlanta, during which 90% of the city was destroyed. A team of expert European panorama artists completed the painting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1887; it was donated to the city of Atlanta in 1897. On the second level, a display called "Life in Camp" displays rifles, uniforms, and games soldiers played to pass the time. An outstanding bookstore has dozens of volumes about the Civil War. Guided tours are available every hour on the half hour except for 12:30 p.m. To get here by car, take Interstate 20 east to Exit 59A, turn right onto Boulevard, and then follow signs to the Cyclorama. The museum shares a parking lot and entrance walkway with Zoo Atlanta.
Apr 1, 2009
One of only a few of these mammoth art works available for viewing in the U.S., consists of a huge circular painting with accompanying diorama depicting the Battle of Atlanta. Effective both as historical depiction and as work of art. Has a small adjoining museum area with a vintage locomotive and several Civil War artifacts, plus an introductory film. Well worth a visit.