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 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:
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. Visit this Murray County exhibit for free on Super Museum Sunday.
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.
Stop at the Dahlonega Gold Museum in the middle of town and learn more about America’s first major gold rush! View local artifacts and see displays of gold coins that were minted in Dahlonega at this Lumpkin County attraction.
Visit the Foxfire Museum in Rabun County 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 the Appalachian wilderness more than 180 years ago.
Hardman Farm Historic Site in the North Georgia mountains
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.
This site is closed each year from January 2 – February 28/29, but will be open for this special event on Sunday, Feb 5th, from Noon – 3 pm. Enjoy an open house, homemade biscuits cooked on the wood stove in the historic Hardman Farm kitchen, and s’mores at the Visitors center FREE of CHARGE!
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 that tell the story of Murray county.
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.
Hours for Super Museum Sunday event on 2/5/2023 are 9:00 am to 4:00 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.
2023 Super Museum Sunday Map
This interactive map can help you find great museums that are participating in Super Museum Sunday near you!
Tips for Enjoying Museums and Historic Sites
Super Museum Sunday GA 2023
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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There are so many incredible places to visit in Georgia and my family and I often visit there. Anything that has to do with history is right up my alley. I live in Tennessee which is not too far away. Super Museum Sunday is definitely going on my list of things to check out. The hardest part is going to be narrowing down which place to see. Thanks for sharing all this as well as your helpful tips to consider.
Hello neighbor! Depending on where you live, Tennessee can be very close to some of North Georgia’s best destinations! If possible, I recommend that you check out the interactive map and see if there is a way to visit 2 or 3 of the participating museums in your area. Have fun!!
I found this page because I’m planning a trip to Georgia and wanted to have a list of things to do. Well, you delivered. I haven’t been to a museum since before COVID, and this is perfect!
A few others that seem fun is the Wright Hotel, I’ve been to a few historic hotels, and they are so fun. Some are a little creepy (I’m sure they may even be haunted). But it’s all part of the experience.
Since I’ve never been to the area, it’s nice knowing about the parking and that not all sites are paved, especially since some older people are in our group.
Just wanted to say thanks for so much helpful information and ideas. Now I’m going to look for hikes and places to eat! I know there is so much more your website has to offer!
Hello, EW! Thanks for checking out Ga Mountains Guide to find inspiration and ideas for your trip to North Georgia. Old hotels can definitely have some interesting history, and it’s great to find a way to visit for free (like for the 2023 Super Museum Sunday)!
Have a great trip!
I love this post and info about the free Super Museum Sunday! Georgia has an incredibly rich history. First of all, Georgia is physically beautiful! The lushness of the grass, beautiful large homes… (sigh) I’d love to visit the Foxfire Museum and see the log cabins and the artifacts of the people of the Appalachians 180 years ago. The Blunt House, as the oldest house in Georgia, is something I’d love to explore also. Your site is beautifully rich. When I visit Georgia, I’ll hope to catch this museum sale.
Hi Shalisha, Georgia is a beautiful place to live and visit, and it’s even better when so many of the fantastic museums are free! I hope you are able to visit all of the North Georgia attractions on your list!!
I enjoyed reading about the museums in Georgia, I have lived in Pennsylvania my entire life. Even though I would love to travel my health does not allow me, but I really enjoyed learning about this beautiful state of Georgia. That is what is awesome about the internet, even those of us who can’t travel can get a great experience reading articles just like you have written today.
Hi Jeff, It is definitely nice to be able to travel vicariously through articles and other experiences online. There are some Georgia museums that are offering a free virtual experience for this year’s Super Museum Sunday. These options could be a great way for you to safely explore the history and culture of the area.
I live in Florida, not far from Georgia at all. Yet, it would be a drive to head there for the Super Museum Sunday for sure. Are there going to be other festivities in the area with more free admissions? I am not familiar with what all they might have to visit. If I go, I would surely want to have a few things I could see before heading to the beach!
Hi Leahrae, This Super Museum Sunday event will have participating museums all across the state of Georgia. Most places will be open from 12 – 4, so depending on which locations you choose, you might be able to see more than one of these for free. The weather is usually very nice at the beginning of May, so it would be a great time to check out the local vineyards or have a waterfront meal to cap off your day!
I will love to visit Georgia one day and go to these Historic museums, my favorite places, i love everything related to history and our origin.
I’m from NY, so I need to plan ahead of time, if i decide to travel to Georgia.
I have a question, do you know any hotels close to this Museum?
we are a family of five, and planning ahead is always better.
Hello, there are a handful of museums that you can choose from, and there are lots of different lodging options available depending on where you’d like to stay. It is definitely wise to make advance reservations. Travel is expected to increase this year as more people get vaccinated against COVID-19 and are able to safely travel again.
What a great deal! I had not heard about this and will take advantage of the participating historical sites near where my sister lives in northern Georgia. I wish this was for a longer period of time because there will be more than one site I and my family would like to explore. Will this be a one day event only or do you think GA will open this event up to other Sundays throughout the year, perhaps one Sunday per month?
Hi Robert, at this point, the event only happens once per year, but there are a few other events and opportunities to attend some great attractions for free. Take a look at the posts about Museum Day, National Parks Day, and other Georgia mountain freebies to learn more.
Thank you so much for sharing such an excellent opportunity. Your tips were also interesting and informative. It’s great to get free entrance to so many museums across the state.
I definitely plan to go to these museums on February 9th… Can you help me pick a couple in the North Georgia Mountains that would be nice for a one day trip? I will share your article with my friends so that my friends can benefit from reading this article and my friends can visit the museums too. I have bookmarked your website so that I can come back to your website later. Thank you again for providing such a beautiful post.
Hi Md, If you’d like to see more than one museum on Super Museum Sunday, then choose a couple that are close to each other so that you won’t have too much driving to do between the sites. I have personally found that Hardman Farm Historic Site and the Dahlonega Gold Museum are wonderful places to visit and learn, but they should all provide a great experience for you and your friends / family.
Many thanks to you for sharing such a beautiful article with us, and through your article we have the opportunity to discuss a wonderful topic. I am happy to know that Georgia has organized a “Super Museum Sunday” annual Museum Festival and everyone can get free admission here. On February 9th I hope that many people will be able to attend after reading this article. If people can go to the museum and see something, then they can learn about the culture of their country and practice their knowledge.
Through your post I have learned about many things to be shown in these museums which is the real pleasure. I have some Georgian friends on my social media and I would like to share this post on my social media so they will know too .
Hi Shanta, Thanks so much for sharing and I hope your friends in Georgia are able to take advantage of this great free offer!