Would you like a fantastic deal at museums and historic sites across the state of Georgia? Then mark your calendars and make plans to attend the 2023 Super Museum Sunday on February 5, 2023.
Free admission at select Georgia museums for Super Museum Sunday on Feb 6, 2022
There are dozens of museums and historic sites participating in the Super Museum Sunday. These sites are located throughout the state with many of them in the North Georgia mountains. The event is open to the public with most sites offering free museum admission from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (unless other hours are noted).
Super Museum Sunday on February 5, 2023
The Georgia History Festival‘s annual Super Museum Sunday will be held on Sunday, February 5, 2023, and offers free admission to participating sites throughout Georgia.
Georgians and visitors alike can experience the state’s rich history and cultural life as some of the best historic sites, house museums, art museums, and other points of interest throughout Georgia open their doors to the public. This is an exceptional opportunity to experience the history first-hand at no cost!
Free and open to the public. Free admission is available from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (unless alternate hours are noted).
Participating Sites in North Georgia (2022)
*** NOTE that the information below reflects the 2022 event – check back closer to the event to see updates for 2023. ***
There are many great sites across the entire state that are participating in this great free event. Check the Georgia History Festival website for complete listings that cover the entire state, or enjoy these sites located in the North Georgia mountains:
Nacoochee Indian Mound at Hardman Farm Historic Site
Hardman Farm Historic Site boasts over a thousand years of history on 170 acres. This historic site includes 19 buildings and is the home of the second most recognized feature in Georgia, the Nacoochee Indian Mound.
- Phone: +1 (706) 878-1077
- Address: 143 Highway 17, Sautee Nacoochee, GA
- Website: gastateparks.org/HardmanFarm
- TripAdvisor: Hardman Farm
- Special event hours for Super Museum Sunday (2/6/2022) from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The Foxfire Museum and Heritage Site
Visit the Foxfire Museum and explore 10 relocated authentic pioneer log cabins and additional structures built from historic period materials in the traditional methods of construction. The property includes over 100 acres filled with artifacts, tools, and folk art that provides a glimpse into the lives of the people of Appalachian wilderness more than 180 years ago.
- Phone: +1 (706) 746-5828
- Address: 98 Foxfire Lane, Mountain City, GA
- Website: foxfire.org
- Adult admission is regularly $10.00
Historic Blunt House in Dalton, Georgia [photo ExploreGeorgia.org]
The Blunt House was completed in 1848 and is the first two-story wooden house built in Dalton, GA. It is also the second oldest house in Dalton.
Historic Huff House in Dalton, Georgia [photo WMHS]
The Huff House is a gothic revival/folk vernacular home that was built facing the railroad around 1855. In 1890, Mrs. Lida E. Huff bought the house and shortly after, had the home turned around so that it would face Selvidge Street along with the newer homes. To turn the house, it was placed on a log turnstile powered by mules. This process took two weeks while the family still lived in the home.
Historic Hamilton House Museum in Dalton, Georgia [photo WMHS]
The Hamilton House was built in 1840 on land that was purchased during the Cherokee land lottery and is the oldest brick home in Dalton.
Historic Chatsworth Depot in Chatsworth, Georgia [photo WMHS]
The Chatsworth Depot is the oldest public building in Chatsworth and currently houses 2 museums: The Talc Museum
and The Railroad Museum
Historic Old Spring Place Methodist Church in Chatsworth, Georgia [photo WMHS]
The Old Spring Place Methodist Church began as an Indian Mission in the early 1830s. During the Trail of Tears, the group at Spring Place became a regular congregation.
Historic Wright Hotel in Chatsworth, Georgia [photo WMHS]
The historic Wright Hotel was built in 1909 and functioned as a hotel and home for the Wright family for generations. The hotel currently houses a large collection of antiques and archives which tell the story of Murray county.
This ever-changing museum features over 100 years of automotive history and exhibits that change weekly — there is always something new to see!
- Phone: +1 (470) 239-0199
- Address: 583 Grant Street, Clarkesville, GA
- Website: milesthroughtime.com
- Open daily from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
New Echota is one of the most significant Cherokee Indian sites in the nation and was where the tragic “Trail of Tears” officially began. In 1825, the Cherokee national legislature established a capital called New Echota at the headwaters of the Oostanaula River. During its short history, New Echota was the site of the first Indian language newspaper office, a court case which carried to the U.S. Supreme Court, one of the earliest experiments in national self-government by an Indian tribe, the signing of a treaty which relinquished Cherokee claims to lands east of the Mississippi River, and the assembly of Indians for removal west on the infamous Trail of Tears.
- Address: 1211 Chatsworth Highway NE, Calhoun, GA
- Website: gastateparks.org/NewEchota
- Special event hours for Super Museum Sunday (2/6/2022) from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
- note that this site is not typically open during the winter months
During the 1790s, James Vann became a Cherokee Indian leader and wealthy businessman. He established the largest and most prosperous plantation in the Cherokee Nation, covering 1,000 acres of what is now Murray County. In 1804 he completed the construction of a beautiful 2 ½ story brick home that was the most elegant in the Cherokee Nation. After Vann was murdered in 1809, his son Joseph inherited the mansion and plantation. Joseph was also a Cherokee leader and became even more wealthy than his father.
In the 1830s almost the entire Cherokee Nation was forced west by state and federal troops on the infamous Trail of Tears. The Vann family lost their elegant home, rebuilding in the Cherokee Territory of Oklahoma. Today the Vann House survives as Georgia’s best-preserved historic Cherokee Indian home. A guided tour allows visitors to see the house which features beautiful hand carvings, a remarkable “floating” staircase, a 12-foot mantle, and fine antiques.
- Address: 82 Highway 225 N, Chatsworth, GA
- Website: gastateparks.org/ChiefVannHouse
- Special event hours for Super Museum Sunday (2/6/2022) from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Twenty years before the 1849 gold rush in California, thousands of prospectors flocked into the Cherokee Nation in north Georgia, marking the true beginning of our country’s first gold rush. Dahlonega thrived and a U.S. Branch Mint opened in 1838, coining more than $6 million in gold before closing in 1861. Today, visitors can see a complete set of these rare coins, a nugget weighing more than five ounces, a large hydraulic cannon and nozzle used to blast soil from mountainsides, film, and gift shop.
Explore the historical importance and changing role of folk pottery in southern life at the Folk Pottery Museum. Regular adult admission is $5.00, but admission is free for teachers and military members (ID required).
- Phone: +1 (706) 878-3300
- Address: 283 Highway 255 North, Sautee Nacoochee, GA
- Website: snca.org/folkpotteryWebsite/fpm
- Special event hours for Super Museum Sunday (2/6/2022) from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Explore the Traveler’s Rest historic stagecoach inn (built in 1815) and its numerous artifacts and furnishings.
- Phone: +1 (706) 886-2256
- Address: 4339 Riverdale Road, Toccoa, GA
- Website: gastateparks.org/TravelersRest
- Special event hours for Super Museum Sunday (2/6/2022) from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
There are dozens more great places to enjoy across the state of Georgia, so pick your favorites and enjoy learning more about Georgia’s unique history.
Tips for Enjoying Museums and Historic Sites
Super Museum Sunday 2022
Visiting a museum is a great experience that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Make sure that you (and your kids) are conscious of respecting the property and any cultural customs, as well as any rules regarding cameras and/or flash photography. These additional tips can help you get the most out of your museum visit.
Read the printed literature
Get a good introduction to each site by reading the literature that is included with your admission and by reading any monuments posted on the site. These should have the most noteworthy points about the historic significance of each site.
Ask questions of the staff and/or tour guides
If you are fortunate enough to take a guided tour, be sure to listen closely to the history and anecdotes shared by your guide(s). This is also a great opportunity to learn little-known facts by asking questions of your guides as you walk through the site. The expertise of these guides can add depth and dimension that can’t be found anywhere else. Staffers and volunteers are often eager to teach and they genuinely love to answer your questions!
Dress for the experience
Some museums include paved parking and polished floors that can work with city attire, but many historical sites will require exploration through unpaved, rugged, outdoor routes.
A safe bet is to wear comfortable clothing and shoes that can manage a walk on dirt or gravel pathways. Many sites also have an interactive and hands-on approach to learning, so another smart idea is to use a hands-free bag to carry your belongings around the site. Consider taking/wearing these types of items:
Exit through the gift shop
While many tours will conveniently finish at the gift shop, it is actually a great place to learn more about the site’s history and to support the local economy. Expect to find unique gems like books by local authors and experts, local arts and crafts, and lots of fun souvenirs to help you remember your visit.
Know the pet policy at each site
If you are traveling with your pet(s), be sure to find out in advance where your furry friend will be welcomed. For Georgia state parks, leashed pets are allowed on historic site trails, however, they are not allowed inside buildings.
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Learn more about other great deals in the Georgia Mountains from these posts about Museum Day (once per year), Free Parks Days (5 times per year), and other Georgia mountain freebies!