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The Swan House ~ Atlanta History Center ~ Atlanta GA

We first found out about the Atlanta History Center at the Southeast Homeschool Expo at the Cobb Galleria. Representatives from the museum were showing homeschool families all the great things about the museum, and invited us out to tour the grounds and write a review.

The History Center sounded good, but we were totally unprepared for this absolutely stunning jewel in the heart of swanky Buckhead, right near the Governor's Mansion. We fell in love right away, it reminded us of one of our favorite museums back home, the Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens near Pasadena CA. We have so missed the Huntington, having gone almost monthly for years. Moving cross country can be hard.

The Atlanta History Center was immediately like an old friend, withs 33 acres jam packed with a wonderful collection of local history. Visit the Atlanta History Museum, Centennial Olympic Games Museum, 6 different historical gardens, one of three historic houses: Swan House, Tullie Smith Farm or the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum in Midtown which is off-site. Since there is so much to see, we are going to break this into several reviews, as we highlight each one.

Watch the times carefully for the tours, especially if you want to get them all in on one afternoon!

The Swan House 

Review written by our daughter Emily! She was so amazed by this house, it rates as one of her all time favorites!

The Swan house was built in 1928 by the Inman family. It was designed by a famous Atlanta architect, by the name Philip Trammell Shutze.

The self guided audio tours are awesome. They allow you to go at your own pace throughout the Swan House. Each room has an a story, all told at the simple press of a button. If you want to spend a little extra time in a room, you can.

Each tour also has an employee as a tour guide. If you have any extra questions that the audio guide dos not go over you can ask the tour guide.

The tour features the Dinning Room, Kitchen, Entry, Library, Breakfast Room, Mrs Inman’s Bedroom and Bathroom, and Mr Inman’s Bedroom and Bathroom, Guest Bedroom and the Grand Childrens Bedrooms and much, much more.

They also allow you to wander through the gardens. The gardens are the best place to be.  You can unwind from the busyness of the city as you enjoy the wonderful gardens and all the fountains.

They are a wonderful, quiet place in the city. A place you can get ideas (for your own gardens some day) and just enjoy nature, the birds singing and hearing the water as it trickles down the fountains.

Overall, on a scale from 1-10, I rate The Swan House a high 10. It is one of my favorite places that I would happily go back to many, many more times.

The Swan House is an excellent example of how a wealthy cotton family lived, just after the turn of the century. Living History Sites highly recommends visiting the Atlanta History Center, it is fabulous! and tell theme the people at LivingHistorySites.com sent you

See our other reviews, for more information on the other areas of the museum. One historical review is simply NOT enough for this amazing resource. Plan to spend several hours there - a whole afternoon is ideal!

Atlanta History Center

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30305


The all-inclusive general admission provides access to the Atlanta History Center, including the Atlanta History Museum, the Centennial Olympic Games Museum, the 1860 Tullie Smith Farm, the 1928 Swan House, and 33 acres of gardens

  • $15 for adults
  • $12 for seniors 65+ and students 13 and up
  • $10 for youths 4 to 12
  • Free for Members and children under 3

Museum Hours of Operation

Monday - Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday: Noon - 5:30 PM
Gardens and Grounds close at 5:15 PM

Swan House & Tullie Smith Farm House Tours
Monday - Saturday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Holiday Hours of Operation

The Atlanta History Center is open 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM on Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Columbus Day.

The Atlanta History Center and the Kenan Research Center are closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.