The DeKalb County School board took steps toward closing what is potentially a more than $70 million deficit by ordering spending cuts and reluctantly setting the table for more taxpayer support. Items on the chopping block may include school bus safety personnel to the free admission Fernbank Science Center.
Photo: Vino Wong
Photo: Vino Wong

11 free museums and attractions to explore around Atlanta 

When the weather calls for it, or when you just feel like venturing out for a new cultural experience, there are several metro Atlanta museums and attractions to keep you entertained. 

Culture doesn’t have to cost, either.

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Here are museums and attractions in the metro area that offer free visits. 

Fernbank Science Center : noon to 5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; noon to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday. 156 Heaton Park Drive, Atlanta. 

The King Center: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Sunday. 449 Auburn Ave. NE, Atlanta.

David J. Sencer CDC Museum: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday; Thursdays 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. 1600 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta.

Robert C. Williams Museum of PapermakingMonday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  500 10th St. NW, Atlanta.

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Georgia Capital Museum and TourSelf-guided tours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. No reservations required for self-guided tours. Guided tours are only available for groups of 10 to 60 and reservations are required. The schedule varies depending on the time of year but tours generally are in the morning Monday- Friday. 206 State Capitol, Atlanta.

Attendees at the Union encampment at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Friday, June 27, 2014.
Photo: Kent D. Johnson

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park: dawn until dusk Monday-Sunday. 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw. 

Most Georgia state  parks don’t have an entrance fee but do charge a $5 parking fee including these four near Atlanta:

Sweetwater Creek State Park : 7 a.m. to sunset Monday-Sunday. 1750 Mt. Vernon Road, Lithia Springs.

Panola Mountain State Park: 7 a.m. to sunset Monday-Sunday. 2620 Highway 155 SW, Stockbridge.

Hard Labor Creek State Park : 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday-Sunday. 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge.

Red Top Mountain State Park:  7 a.m. to sunset Monday-Sunday . 50 Lodge Road SE, Acworth.

Historic Oakland Cemetery: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday- Friday; 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday except 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. during winter months. 248 Oakland Ave. SE, Atlanta. Located in Atlanta’s Old 4th Ward, admission to the cemetery is free but tour maps are $5.

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