We’ve ogled at it for years – the large, alluring archway in the center of Atlantic Station. But what adventures await us in its classic confines? Here’s a hint: everything we've ever wanted to know about Georgia history.
If there’s one thing we love, it’s being surprised by our city. And who knew there was a tiny museum packing a huge punch of art and history tucked just under that big archway in the middle of Atlantic Station? Close in proximity to, but worlds away from the shops, the coffee, the movies and IKEA is a treasure trove of artwork, history and creativity. The Millennium Gate Museum was founded in 2008 as a way to connect Georgia to the rest of the world through history and art. At the heart of Georgia is an international city, after all (that’s us, folks), and Atlanta has been historically called “The Gate City.” The Gate itself is a classically styled monumental arch, designed in the tradition of classical Roman triumphal arches that have been built around the world. All that to say it’s mighty beautiful architecture.
Don’t forget: Atlantic Station was once the home of Atlantic Steel- a mill that was started at the turn of the nineteenth century and later grew into one of the region’s most powerful companies, employing more than 2,000 workers. Today, the huge blasting ovens are gone, but thanks to the Glenn Gallery, located just inside the entrance of museum, not forgotten. The gallery includes a series of photographic exhibits that show what life was like as a steel mill, and the area’s dramatic metamorphosis into a bustling hub of city life. For a look at Georgia history from a bigger picture, peruse several other galleries showing the development of the state from pre-Colombian Native American history, through Spanish settlement, through the 19th and 20th centuries, and into the 21st century. How can a museum show what’s going on right now, you ask? Easy- they make it interactive, using an immersive theatre and interactive projections. There’s even more to learn about Georgia at the Millennium Gate, and let’s be real- it’s so much easier to learn by doing, so quit reading this and go see for yourself.