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Sweet Auburn, the Old Fourth Ward, and East Atlanta Museum/Gallery

Moved to the Atlanta History Center from a building in Grant Park (named for a New England–born Confederate colonel, not the U.S. president) the 49-foot-tall circular painting depicts 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. A brief overview is followed by a 12-minute film, then visitors can get a closer look at the foreground figures on the ground level of the exhibit, and learn more about landmarks and how the 10,000-pound scene was created through displays and interactive touchscreens.

Museum/Gallery

Quick Facts

130 W. Paces Ferry Rd.
Atlanta, Georgia  30315, USA

404-658–7625

www.atlantahistorycenter.com

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: $10, Free with admission to Atlanta History Center, $22

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