Did you know that there’s a spectacular museum on the Emory University campus, with major collections of art from ancient Egypt, Africa, Asia, Greece, Rome and much more? With so many reasons to visit the Michael C. Carlos Museum, you’ll be planning a field trip shortly. Here’s why:

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Here, you’ll find many mummies. For a lot of kids, that’s enough incentive to check out the Museum! The Carlos is home to more than 10 Egyptian mummies, including the oldest one in the Americas. Highlights from other permanent collections include one of the earliest bathtubs in the world from Bronze Age Greece, traditional African masks and gilded Buddha statues.

Special Exhibits

Changing exhibits keep visits fresh. Currently, cat lovers can learn more about the importance of the feline in ancient Egyptian culture through the Divine Felines exhibit. Cats and lions from mythology, royalty and daily life are on display in more than 90 objects including luxury items and burial elements. An upcoming special exhibit focuses on lesser known works by Andy Warhol in the 1980s. Check the website for more details on exhibits that might interest your family.

Special Events

A robust calendar of events for families make the Carlos Museum a unique place to hear stories, create art and attend concerts and films. Don’t miss the annual Mummies & Milkshakes event close to Halloween, that includes a screening of classic Three Stooges Mummy flicks and tasty treats. Family chamber music concerts often have a pajama dress code and include a sweet something to eat at the conclusion.

Audio Tours and Odyssey Online

Be sure to rent the audio guide at the admission desk! It gives commentary and special details about the permanent collections by museum curators and Emory faculty members. Guides are available on iPod touches with multi-media content to keep little visitors interested. Keep the art excitement going at home by checking out he Odyssey Online interactive website for kids.

The Bookstore

This is a bookstore to spend time in! It stocks hundreds of titles on art, archaeology, history, and mythology that draws parallels from the Museum collections. The shelves are well stocked for both adults and kids, with lots of toys, trinkets and treasures sprinkled in.

Insider’s Tip: Visitors who take public transportation, walk, or bike to the Carlos Museum get 20% off admission. Mention your alternate mode of transportation at the front desk to get the discount.

Looking for more exciting museums in Atlanta? Check out our list of top 10 kid-friendly museums in Atlanta list.

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