Experienced cultural competency begins by making our guests aware of how everyone carries some level of implicit cultural bias; then asking them to answer a series of character trait questions about an unfamiliar person presented as a point cloud.
1. Edo-Tokyo Museum
This museum explores Tokyo (Edo)’s rapid transformation into its sky-scraping capital via architectural models and life-sized recreations of key buildings. You can touch, enter and even enter buildings for yourself!
This exhibit traces the transition of feudal peasant town districts into modern city centered around Edo Castle, featuring miniature and life-size models of peasant houses, kabuki theater, and much more.
English-speaking volunteer guides are available to explain the exhibitions. However, these should be booked in advance as the museum will be undergoing extensive renovation from 2022-2025.
2. National Museum of Nature and Science
As a national museum, it collects/preserves specimens and materials, conducts research into natural history and technology histories, presents exhibitions and educational activities to raise public awareness, as well as explore ways for both nature and humanity to coexist together in harmony.
There’s plenty to see here, from the Global Gallery’s primer on biodiversity and evolution, to a large gallery devoted to human inventions, Forest of Discovery or an aromatic herb garden on the roof – each offering their own special treat! Timed-entry tickets must be obtained for entrance.
3. National Museum of Art
Kaleidoscope of Creativity – Art + Activities
The National Museum of Art offers exhibitions, education programs and events focused on modern and contemporary art from Milton Avery to Romare Bearden, Willem de Kooning and Georgia O’Keeffe in this Philip Johnson-designed building on the campus of Purchase College State University of New York. Furthermore, special gender bias exhibits are hosted online along with educational resources that highlight women artists.
This event is open and free to the public.
4. Georgia Museum of Art
The museum continues to honor Alfred Heber Holbrook’s vision by hosting exhibitions from across the United States and worldwide. Additionally, its staff organizes their own displays as well as hosting traveling ones from other institutions.
The High’s photography collection showcases images from across the South in a global context, while their holdings also include notable European prints and an impressive assortment of Southern decorative arts.
The museum is open and accessible to the public and hosts a permanent collection as well as 20-25 temporary exhibitions annually. The bright galleries with blonde wood floors provide the ideal space for curators to display whatever pieces they choose to exhibit.
5. Georgia Museum of Natural History
The museum features eleven distinct collections that explore various aspects of state, region and global history. For example, their anthropology collection boasts over three million artifacts while their zoology and botany collections contain endangered or extinct species.
Fernbank offers larger-than-life exhibits (such as dinosaur skeletons) and interactive elements to teach children about nature in an enjoyable manner. It boasts an IMAX theater and planetarium for the children to visit; they even host sleepovers similar to Night at the Museum movie! Established in 1978, its collections go back as far as 1801!
6. Georgia Museum of Art & Archaeology
Established in 1948 as part of the University of Georgia, this museum serves both as an academic and official art museum of Georgia. Its collections include American paintings; works on paper; Southern decorative arts; the Samuel H. Kress Study Collection of Renaissance and Baroque art; as well as Asian arts.
Archaeologists use even tiny fragments of ancient pottery as clues to reconstruct long-defunct civilizations. Atlanta’s Emory University provides graduate degrees recommended by the Archaeological Institute of America while their undergraduate anthropology program places special emphasis on field work and foreign language study.
7. Georgia Museum of Art
GMoA is an international museum with collections that reflect our world and its peoples, expanding upon traditional art historical canons.
Photography Collection. The photography collection emphasizes images from the American South, such as works by Eugene Atget, Dawoud Bey and Sally Mann.
Established in 1948 as part of the university library’s basement, the museum has since moved into a modern structure within the Visual Arts Complex on campus and currently features 25 temporary exhibitions each year in addition to offering one of Southeast’s premier collections of American paintings (mostly 19th and 20th century), European and Asian works on paper as well as Southern decorative arts.
8. Georgia Museum of Art
Alfred Holbrook began a legacy of educational outreach when he packed works of art into the trunk of his car for Georgia schoolchildren to see. Today, that tradition remains strong at Georgia Museum by offering both academic study of art history as well as popular exhibitions.
Its collections encompass American painting, particularly 19th-century works; American, European and Asian works on paper; Southern decorative arts; the Samuel H. Kress Study Collection of Italian Renaissance paintings; as well as an expansive self-taught art collection.
The museum hosts 20 to 25 temporary exhibits each year and also features an expansive sculpture garden.
9. Georgia Museum of Art
Alfred Holbrook traveled from New York with art in his trunk, in 1945, hoping to enrich Georgia’s cultural life. Now housed within UGA campus is Georgia Museum of Art – both academic museum and official state art museum in one building.
Strengths include American painting, works on paper and Southern decorative arts collections; scholarship is supported through its European initiative and Henry D. Green Center for the Study of Decorative Arts. Furthermore, up to 25 temporary exhibitions may also be featured throughout each year at this museum.
10. Georgia Museum of Art
Since its founding in 1982, GMoA has seamlessly combined academic study of art with its official state museum status in Georgia. Now located within UGA’s Performing and Visual Arts Complex on East Campus, its home remains contemporary yet relevant.
Staff from GMoA still travel throughout the state sharing their expertise with schools. Donations have added new works to its collection and broadened its audience, including generous gifts from Larry and Brenda Thompson of works by African American artists (along with funds to endow a curatorial position focused on African American artists). Furthermore, this museum has earned international renown due to its collections of modern art.