Science aside, attending ASBMR is always a fun time! This year’s host city, Atlanta, Georgia, is a hub of fine dining, shopping, rich history, and exciting attractions. A city with Southern charm and world-class sophistication, it’s easy to see why Atlanta, Georgia is one of the most popular destinations in the Southeast United States to live and to visit. Visit Atlanta.net, the official guide for travelers and locals to discover all things Atlanta, or see a list of must-see sites.
Atlanta History Center
Located on 33 acres in historic Buckhead, the Atlanta History Center is a unique campus that houses the Atlanta History Museum, Centennial Olympic Games Museum, Swan House, Smith Family Farm, six historic gardens, and the Kenan Research Center. The Atlanta History Center also includes the Margaret Mitchell House, located off-site at the Midtown campus.
Center for Civil and Human Rights
The Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta is an engaging cultural attraction that connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global Human Rights Movements. Visitors explore the fundamental rights of all human beings and leave inspired and empowered to join the ongoing dialogue about human rights in their communities.
Historic Oakland Cemetery
Less than a mile from the heart of downtown Atlanta, this garden cemetery, founded in 1850, is the final resting place of many of Atlanta’s settlers, builders, and most noted citizens like Bobby Jones, Margaret Mitchell, and Maynard Jackson. It is also a showplace of sculpture and architecture, and a botanical preserve with ancient oaks and magnolias.
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
Step back in time at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. Visit the home where the leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement was born and lived the first twelve years of his life, his spiritual home, and his final resting place.
Art and Culture
High Museum of Art
With its renowned collection of classic and contemporary art and award-winning architecture by Richard Meier and Renzo Piano, the High Museum of Art has grown from its origins in a stately home on Peachtree Street to become the leading art museum in the southeastern United States.
The Shakespeare Tavern® Playhouse
The home of the Atlanta Shakespeare Company, the Shakespeare Tavern® Playhouse has an enchanting history and a prime location in downtown Atlanta. Atlanta Shakespeare Company productions feature hand-made period costumes, all live music and sound effects, thrilling sword fights, and abundant "direct address" to the audience, all of which is orchestrated to assure that the passion and poetry of Shakespeare's genius remains at the heart of the theatrical experience. A British pub menu is available before each performance.
Entertainment and Outdoors
Atlanta Botanical Garden
The Atlanta Botanical Garden boasts 30 acres of plant collections of all types, as well as birds and critters that make their home in the garden. Download a sample itinerary and spend an hour or a whole day in this beautiful sanctuary.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
The Fernbank Museum of Natural History is one of the most popular and iconic cultural attractions in Atlanta. Home to the world’s largest dinosaurs, Atlanta’s biggest IMAX® screen and one of the largest assemblages of urban Piedmont forest in the United States, Fernbank brings science to life through immersive programming and unmatched experiences that encourage a greater appreciation of our planet and its inhabitants.
The Georgia Aquarium is one of the world’s largest and most captivating aquariums. It features one of the largest single aquatic habitats and one of the most abundant collections of aquatic life in the world. Georgia Aquarium is the only aquarium in North America that is home to manta rays and whale sharks, the largest fish in the world.
Piedmont Park, Atlanta’s “Common Ground” since 1904, is located approximately 2 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta and covers 211 acres of parkland in the heart of the city.
Zoo Atlanta maintains a collection of around 1,300 animals, representing more than 200 species from around the world. Spanning almost 40 acres of lush landscapes and inviting botanicals, the Zoo is a leader in building naturalistic habitats for wildlife.