This museum at Emory University has been growing steadily since its founding in 1876. It has major holdings of Classical, Ancient Egyptian, Near Eastern, Native American, African, and Asian art, along with works on paper from the Renaissance to the present. Today, it is one of the Southeast’s premier museums, with one of the most comprehensive collections of art in the region.
The institution continues to add to its collection. Its recent acquisitions include a 1st or 2nd century AD marble bust of a Roman priestess, a 760 BC to 656 BC Egyptian limestone relief of Mentuemhet, and a 3500 BC to 3100 BC rock crystal Mesopotamian eye idol. The works it has collected represent some of the most significant artists in history. The permanent collection includes art by Delacroix, Durer, Piranesi, Kandinsky and Rembrandt.
It also collects and exhibits works by Georgia artists. Its current exhibition, Artists in Georgia: Contemporary Works from the Collection, displays drawings, prints and photographs since 1970 by 15 Georgia artists. It is also currently showing a major Indian jewelry exhibition, with more than 150 pieces that encompass 2,000 years of production.
Michael C. Carlos Museum Information
- Public Transportation: Excellent (MARTA bus line 6 Emory from Inman Park and Lindbergh stations or 36 North Decatur from Avondale and Arts Center stations)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 10 a.m.– 4 p.m., Sunday Noon–4 p.m. (Museum is closed on Mondays and university holidays)
- Admission: Adults $8; students, seniors, and children (6-17) $6; children (5 and under), members, and Emory University students, faculty, and staff are free. International Museum Day (May 18th) free. Audio guide rentals are $2
- Tour: Free with the cost of admission. Docent-led tours of the Museum depart from the Rotunda on Level One every Sunday at 2:30 p.m. during the Emory academic year (call 404-727-4282 to confirm). Docent-led tours are available for groups of ten or more by appointment (call 404-727-0519 to schedule a group tour at least two weeks in advance). For special needs tours, please call 404-727-2363
- Audio Tour: MP3 audio tours are available for a rental fee of $2 at the Reception Desk on Level One. A second audio tour called the Times and Texts of the Bible makes connections between the Museum’s permanent collections and the Bible. This guide is available for a rental fee of $3. Museum members enjoy unlimited free usage for both audio tours
- Membership: Individual $60; Family $90; Doric $150; Ionic $300; Corinthian $600; Curator $1,500; Director $5,000; Carlos Partnership $10,000. All members receive unlimited complimentary admission to the museum, free audio guides, member day preview of special exhibitions, subscriptions to the museum e-newsletter, monthly member e-mails with events calendar, two museum guest passes for one-time use, free/discounted admission to museum-sponsored lectures, films, & workshops, 10% discount on museum bookshop purchases, special museum bookshop announcements, and domestic and international travel opportunities. Join the Mix!, is for people between 21–40-something and is an additional $35 on top of your membership fee. Members enjoy special programs, lectures, parties and tours, invitations to special New Mix events, and special tours of exhibitions. Discounted memberships are available for Emory faculty, staff, and students.