Free Museum Admission on Super Museum Sunday

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

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:

 

Hardman Farm Historic Site

Nacoochee Indian Mound at Hardman Farm Historic Site

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 & Heritage Center

The Foxfire Museum and Heritage Site

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

 

Blunt House

Historic Blunt House in Dalton, Georgia

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.

 

The Huff House

Historic Huff House in Dalton, Georgia

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.

 

Hamilton House

Historic Hamilton House Museum in Dalton, Georgia

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.

 

Chatsworth Depot

Historic Chatsworth Depot in Chatsworth, Georgia

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.

 

Old Spring Place Methodist Church

Historic Old Spring Place Methodist Church in Chatsworth, Georgia

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

Historic Wright Hotel in Chatsworth, Georgia

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.

 

Miles Through Time Automotive Museum

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 State Historic Site

from gastateparks.org:

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

 

Chief Vann House Historic Site

from gastateparks.org:

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

 

Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site

from gastateparks.org:

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.

 

Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia

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

 

Traveler’s Rest State Historic Site

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

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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Super Museum Sunday Georgia

Super Museum Sunday Georgia

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!

14 Responses

  1. Shalisha Alston says:

    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. 

    • Alyce says:

      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!!

  2. Jeff says:

    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.

    Jeff

    • Alyce says:

      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. 

  3. Leahrae says:

    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!

    • Alyce says:

      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!

  4. Ana65 says:

    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.

    Thank You!

    • Alyce says:

      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.

  5. Robert says:

    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?

  6. Md Millat says:

    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.

    • Alyce says:

      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.

  7. Shanta Rahman says:

    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 .

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Shanta, Thanks so much for sharing and I hope your friends in Georgia are able to take advantage of this great free offer!

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