Discover treasures from the distant past at the Michael C. Carlos Museum, located in the heart of the Emory University campus. Each year, more than 100,000 visitors explore the museum’s extraordinary collections of art from ancient Greece, Egypt, Nubia, Rome, Africa, Asia, the Near East, and the Americas.
With more than 17,000 art objects, as well as works on paper dating from the Renaissance to the present, the Michael C. Carlos Museum is the South’s premier museum for ancient art.
The collections began in 1876 in a museum housed on Emory’s first campus in Oxford, Georgia. As the university grew, so did its acquisitions. The Emory University Museum was founded in 1919 after the campus moved to Atlanta. Over the years, Atlanta businessman and philanthropist Michael C. Carlos donated millions of dollars to the museum, which was renamed in his honor. A new building to house the collections, designed by Michael Graves, opened in 1993.
Today, the Michael C. Carlos Museum is known for its teaching lab and conservation center, educational programs, and fine exhibits. More than 30,000 school children attend its educational programs each year, and the museum also opens its doors to scholars, students, tourists, and art and history buffs.
Check the museum’s online calendar for a schedule of tours, chamber music concerts, lectures, classes, workshops for adults and children, book discussions, and other events. A temporary exhibition, Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt, is on view February through November 2018. It traces the roles of cats, lions, and even dogs and jackals in Egyptian myths and daily life.