Wednesday, July 11, 2018
This educational, entertaining self-guided tour taught me much I never knew and helped me remember lots I'd forgotten. I urge persons in the Atlanta area to visit.
Jimmy Carter has accomplished much over the course of his life. The exhibits here cover his childhood, military experience, state political offices, Presidency, and his humanitarian work around the world since his Presidency. The impressive exhibits indicate why he was awarded the Nobel Peace prize.
Exhibits show pictures of him as a child and working on the family peanut farm. Exhibits discuss his campaigns for state office, then the Presidency. Enlightening videos discuss the Presidential campaign and the way it was conducted. And his work with the Carter Center is also covered.
I especially enjoyed watching parts of four of Jimmy Carter's Sunday School lessons at the small church where he has taught Sunday School for decades. He shared some nice insights. Amazingly?, as I took a few notes and pointed out to another visitor the display where one accessed those Sunday School lessons and was telling the person about them, the electric power went off in that portion of the building. A staff member took us to the lobby, where we waited and looked at displays there for a few minutes until power was restored. I didn't ask what caused the outage. Perhaps it was related to rain storms that were occurring in the area, or maybe it was God in some way?
It was nice to see the replica of the Oval Office as it was during the Carter Presidency. A plaque there describes a few personal items that were in the office. And an audiotape plays repeatedly a nice, short narration by Carter about his time in the Oval Office.
A video about Presidential Carter's negotiations between Egypt and Israel ( the Camp David Accords) to achieve peace was also enjoyable and informative.
Displays about the Carter Center's work to reduce diseases, monitor elections, and achieve peace provided much information about the Center's work.
A restaurant in the building is open during lunch hours. Many of the seats at the tables in the restaurant offered a beautiful view of part of the magnificent gardens on the grounds of the Jimmy Carter Library & Museum and the Carter Center through the numerous large windows in the restaurant. It made for an awesome atmosphere.
The museum includes a gift shop that offers various souvenirs for sale, including copies of some of President Carter's books.
The staff were all friendly and helped make my visit even more enjoyable.
I devoted a total of about seven hours to the museum and could have happily devoted another hour or so. I would like to have devoted a couple of hours to leisurely strolling through the grounds as well. But my time was limited. However, I did enjoy walking part of the grounds when I first arrived (shortly before 9 a.m. opening time for the museum) and admired some of them from the restaurant, as noted above. Plaques on the grounds tell some of the history of the site where the Carter Center was built.
The average visitor could probably tour the museum and grounds in half the time I did or less. But there is much to see for those of us especially interested in it.
A sign on the door of the museum lists its hours as 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 12 noon to 4:45 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for senior citizens (age 60 or over).
Overall, I am very impressed with the museum and its grounds, hope to visit again, and encourage persons in the area to devote some time to a visit. The price is very reasonable to tour the museum. And the magnificent grounds with their gardens can be visited free of charge. It would be a great place for a peaceful stroll, I think.
Atlanta's MARTA has at least one bus route that goes right by the museum grounds.