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In 1985, eminent architect Michael Graves renovated and designed an addition with a façade of marble quarried in Tate, Georgia, the source of the stone used in the first Emory buildings. A 1993 expansion (also by Graves) enabled the museum to enlarge its offerings and collection. Visitors may also enter from the bridge or the quadrangle.

In 1985, eminent architect Michael Graves renovated and designed an addition with a façade of marble quarried in Tate, Georgia, the source of the stone used in the first Emory buildings. A 1993 expansion (also by Graves) enabled the museum to enlarge its offerings and collection. Visitors may also enter from the bridge or the quadrangle.

Within walking distance of nearly everywhere in Druid Hills, the Michael C. Carlos Museum is situated in a quiet corner of the Emory University campus. Home to the largest collection of ancient art in the Southeast, the museum offers one of Atlanta’s most varied cultural programs – including lectures, classes, concerts, camps, and book clubs – and a wonderful place to lose yourself among art and artifacts, mummies, and the occasional seated Buddha.

The museum drew international attention when it returned a mummy of the pharaoh Ramesses I to Egypt in 2003. Today, highlights include the finest existing portrait of the Roman emperor Tiberius, an astonishing sandstone sculpture of the Hindu god Vishnu in which his 18 arms grasp various weapons, and an exquisite Roman statue of Venus from the 1st century AD.

Old Kingdom mummy rests in the Egyptian collection.

Old Kingdom mummy rests in the Egyptian collection.

One recent morning, various school-age children stood in the rotunda and peered toward the gallery of Greek and Roman antiquities. Later they headed enthusiastically to the curated bookshop which stocks hundreds of titles on art, archeology, history, and mythology as well as jewelry, cards, and other gift items. For more information, please visit http://www.carlos.emory.edu/.

“There’s so much to discover at the Carlos Museum — whole new worlds right in our backyard,” Priyanka Sinha, director of communications. 

Carlos Museum BookshopDruid Hills residents will have a special opportunity to explore the Carlos Museum during SWAPtember, Atlanta’s annual September celebration of 19 participating cultural, historical, and nature institutions; swaptember2014.

While it resides on the Emory campus, the Carlos Museum is largely supported by private contributions and grants from corporate foundations. Neighbors should come out on September 20 to enjoy Bacchanal 21, the museum’s fall benefit featuring food from 10 Atlanta caterers, music, a raffle, and creative cocktail dress: http://www.carlos.emory.edu/bacchanal2014.

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