From travel to gift-giving and from lavish meals to costly activities, December expenses can send any family’s budget off the rails.
And with kids out of school or extra time off work, you may find yourself looking for free things to do to get out of the house.
Luckily, Atlanta has a number of interesting, free admission museums you can visit this winter that, for a change of speed, have nothing to do with the holidays.
Most of the facilities are closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day with some extra closures sprinkled in. Make sure to check each museum’s website for additional hours prior to your visit.
Here are some ideas for free, indoor museums to visit this December:
Museums That Appeal to Kids
The Atlanta Monetary Museum shows you how money is made at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta in Midtown. Fernbank Science Center has numerous displays that deal with a whole array of scientific concepts, but you have to visit soon because the Center is closed Dec. 21 through Jan. 1. Robert C. Williams Paper Museum offers an in-depth look at papermaking, and this museum has extended closed dates planned for Dec. 23 through Jan. 1.
Places That History Buffs Would Like
Sandy Springs’ Anne Frank In the World exhibits use over 500 photographs to tell the story of Anne Frank, a young Jewish girl who kept a diary while she hid with her family from the Nazis in Amsterdam. Learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and his influence on others at Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. For those north of the city, the Cherokee County History Museum in downtown Canton tracks Cherokee County’s past from before the time of the Cherokee Indians through the 21st century.
For Those Interested in News and Current Affairs
At the Georgia Capitol Museum visitors can learn more about the golden-domed structure itself as well as the events that have taken place within its walls. Or for a look at the history of health and disease, along with recent illnesses concerning the nation, there’s the Smithsonian-affiliated Centers for Disease Control Museum.
Just for Fun
If you’re a Waffle House fan, consider visiting the free Waffle House Museum in Avondale Estates.
For more information about local museums, visit the Atlanta Museums section of Atlanta PlanIt.