800 Cherokee Ave Se # C
Atlanta, GA 30315+1470
The Cyclorama is a fascinating place for anyone interested in the history of the Civil War and for kids of all ages. The tour starts with a film narrated by James Earl Jones, after which visitors are ushered into another room where they sit in stadium seats on a rotating platform to view one of the largest historical cylindrical paintings in the world, which depicts the famous Battle of Atlanta on a hot July day in 1864. There is music, lights, and narration that explain the painting's story. "Cool," said one 6-year-old. This is a unique experience not to be missed.
Babies: If you bring a baby, put her in a carrier instead of a stroller. There are a lot stairs to climb to view the painting.
Toddlers & Pre-K: Although this isn't an experience you would think is for toddlers, all the narration, lights, and movement will interest them. There's a locomotive inside the entrance and some cool Civil War stuff that toddlers and preschoolers will like.
School-Age Kids: Great for any school-aged kid learning about the Civil War, though the history lessons go by pretty quickly.
Pre-Teens & Teens: The sheer uniqueness of this painting -- and the vision, money, and energy that went into creating it -- will keep teens engaged.
- Enjoy Grant Park. Like Zoo Atlanta, the Cyclorama is located in historic Grant Park, which is a nice place to walk, play on play structures, or have a picnic.
- Plan ahead. Tours start every hour on the half hour. If you get there earlier you can wander around the museum upstairs and the displays downstairs.
Just the Facts
Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily
Fees: Under $10
Recommended Time: Less than 1 hour