2225 Riverside Parkway
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Phone: (678) 377-0003
Fax: (678) 377-0041
Arts & Museums
Set adjacent to the Gwinnett County Civic and Cultural Arts Center in a 14,000 square foot (1300-square meter) facility, this gallery is located just minutes from downtown Atlanta. Housing an impressive permanent collection in addition to hosting regular visiting exhibits, the several galleries are complemented by a sculpture garden, a ceramic studio, art classrooms and a gift shop. The nearby children's museum is a great stop if you have kids, with engaging displays that will surely delight young imagination.
Kids of all ages will love this wonderful little museum, which features a better collection of trains than most rail yards. AT the Southeastern Railway Museum you can tour passenger coaches, a Business Car, an early Refrigerator Car, and both a diner and a kitchen. Climb aboard and explore the vintage steam locomotives, cabooses and old wooden freight cars from the early days of rail transport. After the museum tour, line up for a ride aboard one of several fully restored cabooses.
This vintage poster gallery has thousands of posters and prints in stock, including many European pieces dating to the late 19th Century. Subjects range from tobacco and liquor advertisements to political banners and foreign circus promotions. Each is professionally preserved to prevent yellowing, rips, and other deterioration. Custom framing is also available to protect your treasures of the past from the ravages of the future. Visit Bowman & White Gallery for their beautiful decorative art themes.
Located on the verdant, heavily-Gothic campus of Oglethorpe University, this dignified museum offers a broad range of cultural displays, from antiquity to modern art. A short, five-minute car trip up Peachtree Road from Buckhead, the museum and university are surrounded by the quiet residential neighborhood of Brookhaven, one of the city's prettiest. There is an admission fee per person to the museum but exploring the campus is free. The museum is closed on holidays.
If you are fascinated by the wondrous colors and hues of blown glass then drop in for a hands-on session of glass blowing at Atlanta Hot Glass. The team here teaches novices from scratch in interactive classes. You can even exhibit your creation at exhibitions organized here from time to time. Now isn't it a delightful idea?
If you have an interest in painting and don't mind an adult beverage every now and then, Sips n Strokes was made for you. Offering art classes that encourage students to bring their own beer or wine, Sips n Strokes is all about making learning to paint fun. Instructors guide classes through basic painting techniques while allowing every student to take home his or her works. Sips n Strokes has locations throughout the South, as this beverage-infused art is way too much fun to be confined to just one location.
If you’re from the South, you’ve no doubt eaten at the Waffle House. The iconic 24-hour restaurant chain was born in Atlanta. The first Waffle House location now serves as a museum where visitors can experience what life was like in 1955, when the restaurant first opened. Original fixtures and carefully crafted replicas recreate the original interior. Next door, Waffle House memorabilia - such as menus, uniforms and merchandize - demonstrate how the restaurants have changed over time. If you find you’re craving a waffle after the tour, never fear. There are 225 locations in metro Atlanta alone, with the closest location just down the street. The museum is now open by appointment only, so call ahead (with 48 hours advanced notice) to arrange a tour.
This family owned gallery, serving North Atlanta and the greater metro area for over 30 years, shows no sign of slowing down. With a competent selection of fine and decorative artwork, you'll have no trouble finding just the right piece for your home, den, or office. Art consultations are available to help customers determine just what kind of piece best fits their needs.
This museum's collection isn't limited to Georgia history, but instead strives to teach visitors about world events. It has a sister museum called the Teaching Museum South in Hapeville, which highlights completely different themes, making each worthy of its own visit. At Museum North, life-size dioramas such as the First Ladies of the White House, The Courtrooms and The Anne Frank Room provide an interesting way for the children to learn about history. There is also plenty of local history on display, such as an authentic log cabin and a turn-of-the-century courtroom.
As Atlanta pushes its borders north, so too does the metro area's art scene. The SLM Studio/Gallery in downtown Roswell leads the charge, featuring the original figurative paintings and sculpture by award-winning artist Sandra Milton. This popular artist has garnered a loyal following in Georgia, and her Roswell studio serves as the focal point of her expanding national reputation.
In 1853, Mittie Bulloch married Theodore Roosevelt Sr. in this Greek Revival mansion, which was Mittie's childhood home. One result of that important marriage was the birth of president Theodore Roosevelt. Their other son fathered Eleanor, the wife of president Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The house was constructed in 1840 out of Heart Pine, and today is maintained as a museum. Tours are given on the hour. Throughout the year, re-enactments of Mittie's wedding and of Civil War encampments are regularly scheduled.
Founded in 1991 as Vinson Gallery, today VINSONart as it is now called, is a private art gallery showcasing a superb range of contemporary artworks. Featuring the best of original contemporary artwork by emerging and established European and American artists, the gallery also offers curatorial services as well. Appointments are recommended to visit VINSONart