18 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta, GA 30064 – Get Directions
Frankly Darling This Museum Is Awesome
Honestly I wasn't sure the kids would get much out of this museum since they had never read the book or seen the movie, but to my surprise they enjoyed our visit and learned quite a bit too (and not just about the book). The museum is located in the circa 1880 Old Thomas Warehouse building and houses an extensive collection of Gone with the Wind memorabilia.
"Step back in time to rustle of petticoats, cotton fields and plantations and the smell of gunpowder!"
We had a fabulous guided tour of the museum which took us about an hour to get through. Through our knowledgeable tour guide and the amazing artifacts on display we learned about Margaret Mitchell and the impact she had on Atlanta, the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Academy Award winning movie Gone With The Wind, life during the Civil War and African American history. Some of the museum highlights are original Bengaline honeymoon gown worn by Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in the movie, several of Margaret Michell's personal volumes of the novel, an educational display dedicated to the African American cast members, foreign editions of the novel, rare press and publicity books, costume pieces, actor contracts, scripts, promotional pieces including foreign film posters, premiere programs, conceptual artworks, advertisements and collectibles. Of course Gwyn was in awe of the gorgeous dresses throughout the museum...what little girl wouldn't? And Rowyn was totally digging the Lego plantation house!
If you are in search of Gone With The Wind souvenirs be sure to check out the gift shop. Special events are offered monthly, check their event calendar for details. Group rates are available.