Atlanta History Center announces phase one of its reopening plan

The Atlanta History Center announced its plans to start reopening on Monday, June 15.

The museum, which has been closed to the public since March 13 amid the coronavirus pandemic, will do a phased, gradual reopening.

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Starting Monday, the center will reopen the Goizueta Gardens to visitors, which span 33 acres.

“AHC leadership believed the right moment and manner to reopen safely is through the great outdoors in the form of Goizueta Gardens,” according to an email from the history center. “The timing could not be better – this is one of the most beautiful times of the year to visit the Gardens, which has undergone extensive enhancements in recent years.”

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The gardens are comprised of nine curated gardens, as well as preserved woodland. The gardens are connected by paths and trails.

"Goizueta Gardens contain our Living Collections,” said Atlanta History Center President and CEO, Sheffield Hale, said in a statement. “All of the plants are curated just like our indoor exhibitions. The variety of plants really show the history of the land through the land itself, with influences from all over the world that have shaped the South."

The first phase of its reopening will include safety precautions. The history center will be “following CDC public health guidelines.” They will also be following social distancing guidelines and have additional cleaning measures. Guests are strongly encouraged to wear masks.

The gardens will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily beginning Monday. There will be a limited number of guests admitted every 30 minutes. Tickets must be purchased in advance.