A couple of year ago we decided to take a small weekend trip to Atlanta, Georgia.
The main attraction to visit for us was Stone Mountain.
While we were at Stone Mountain, we got overwhelmed by the crowds, kids, and people actually getting sick in front of us at their local sandwich restaurant. It seems that when folks go on vacation, they seem to forget regular rules and go with letting their children run wild and forgetting that running and spicy sandwiches don’t mix too well.
To say the least, we needed an attraction in Stone Mountain that was less busy and indoors and we found that while visiting their antique car museum.
The car museum is actually a short drive away from the rest of the main attractions at Stone Mountain, and therefore, a lot less crowded. It seems that if something is out of the way by a few minutes, tourists seem to forget about it and this is the perfect place and opportunity for us low key type of tourist to visit.
The car museum is really old and dusty though. It definitely could use a really expansive cleaning and updating of the shed like building.
The only restrooms on site are outside and a little less than appealing. I can only see the men and boys going as no women will want to enter.
The inside is alright. I am definitely a neat freak on most occasions, and even I could enter and not be too judgmental.
There is a small makeshift gift shop that looks like someone threw together a few garage sell items, so don’t think you will want to spend a lot of time or money here. Even small kids will have trouble finding anything to beg you about.
There was a young man, probably a late teenager, sitting behind a cash register. He was friendly and him and my husband exchanged a few words about a car, but he was a little less than knowledgeable, but he was really nice.
The museum is basically self guided. You enter in through open doors and there in this gymnasium type area you will see several cars. Most are antique from decades ago, though there are some “newer” ones that my mom, who is in her 60’s, recognized.
There is really no information about the cars other than a very small plate naming the car and the year, but for most people, I am sure this is enough. My husband knows a lot about cars and he enjoyed seeing them. Our then 4 year old son likes the open space between the 3 rows of items and since there was really no one else in there, we felt it was okay to let him roam around as long as he didn’t step behind the ropes.
I really think we might have seen 3 or 4 people the entire time we were in there, so you felt safe enough to let your kids wander a few feet in front of you as you looked at other cars or items.
You could also take your time as you looked at the cars and take as many pictures as you wanted without trouble.
There were also a few musical machines. Insert a quarter on most of them and the “carousel” or “piano” would move and play music for you. It was nice to play these for our son and since it was cheap, you could play all of them.
There were also a few trinkets in some large glass displays to look at, though I can’t really recall anything in particular that took my eye.
The one thing that I did point out to my family was the “one horse open sleigh”. Anyone who sings “jingle Bells” at Christmas is familiar with these words and it was neat to show our kid what “Santa” rides in.
Overall, it was worth the half hour or so we spent just gazing at some of the items and cars on display.
I would not pay separately though and would only go if you are buying the ticket that allows you to go to every attraction for one price of around $30. I believe that if you decide to do this attraction separate it would be around $7 per person, which I think might be overpriced for this dark museum.
Though it definitely needs updating, the only worker there was nice and the displays were interesting. If we ever go to Stone Mountain again, I am sure that we would be visiting the car museum again as it was quiet and a good chance to get away from the heavier crowds at the other attractions.