One of Georgia’s claims to fame is being home to former President Jimmy Carter. His presidential library is located near the Little Five Points neighborhood in Atlanta and is a popular stop for school groups. The over 60,000 square foot spaces includes archives and a museum of items relating to the president’s life, as well as a research library.
What to See at the Carter Presidential Library
The museum focuses on Carter’s upbringing, his entry into politics, his presidential term from 1977 to 1981, and his post-presidential life as a public figure.
Included in the museum’s exhibits and artifacts are photographs from Carter’s childhood in Plains, the uniform he wore to his wedding to Rosalynn, pictured above, a replica of the Oval office, and even his Nobel Peace Prize, which he was awarded in 2002 for his decades of service towards international diplomacy and peace with the Carter Center.
The museum and library also has exhibits, including a recent one on Carter’s role in Georgia’s film industry. It also holds regular events, book signings, and readings, where you may even get the chance to meet the former president. The gift shop sells the many titles penned by Carter over the years.
Tips for Visiting the Carter Presidential Library
The Jimmy Carter Library and Museum is located at 441 John Lewis Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, Georgia 30307. The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, military and students with IDs and free for children under 16. There is also a virtual tour option.
Free parking is available at the museum. If you’re taking MARTA, catch a train to the Five Points station before transferring to a “16 Noble” bus to the Library. On weekends during the summer and fall, the parking lot hosts the Freedom Farmers Market so keep that in mind.
If you’re looking to learn more about President Jimmy Carter while in Atlanta, you can tour the Georgia Capitol, where he served as governor, and the Governor’s Mansion, built shortly before his tenure. The Atlanta History Center also has exhibits related to his political life. You can also road trip to Plains!
Where to Eat Near the Carter Presidential Library
If you’re hungry after your visit to the Carter Library, head to Manuel’s Tavern, a bar and restaurant dating back to 1956 where Carter announced his candidacy for governor. It has burgers, sandwiches, and daily specials.
Other nearby restaurants include Folk Art, known for its all-day breakfast, and Victory Sandwich Bar, which has boozy slushies and sandwiches. The Kitchen at Copenhill is the library’s onsite restaurant, but it’s currently closed due to the pandemic.
Where to Stay Near the Carter Presidential Library
The Poncey-Highlands neighborhood has a few places for visitors to stay. The Highland Inn & Ballroom Lounge is the closest, with affordable pet-friendly rooms and an in-house coffee shop. Hotel Clermont (review here) is a trendy historic space with an award-winning restaurant and a rooftop bar.
Inman Park Bed and Breakfast is located inside the 1912 home of Robert Woodruff, the Coca-Cola magnate. It’s furnished with antiques and is a few blocks from public transportation. You can also rent homes in this area on VRBO and Airbnb.