If you are going to visit the Helen, Georgia area than you probably already know about the great outdoor activaties that this mountain region has to offer, but there are also some neat museums and art galleries in this area as well.
Helen is located in Northeast Georgia and just a short drive from many other popular vacation destination spots.
Helen is most known for its “Swiss” village in downtown Helen but this area of Georgia also has a few other attractions to offer as well.
The “Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia” is located just outside of Helen in Sautee, Georgia at 283 Georgia Highway 255 North. You can learn about “folk pottery” and its importance and heritage here in the south. Having been opened for 4 years, this museum showcases many forms of pottery from sculptures to jars and vases and has also won several awards.
The hours to visit are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Adults are $5, seniors are $4, and kids are just 2 bucks.
The “Gourd Place” has lots of pieces of pottery made from real gourds. This gallery is located just minutes away from Helen and an easy ride to see these unique works of art. Housed at 2319 Duncan Bridge Road, also in Sautee, it offers free admission and shows over 200 art pieces on exhibit. Spend a few minutes here at this museum when you visit the “Folk Pottery Museum” since they are both located in Sautee.
If you do not want to venture out of the town of Helen, there are a couple of museums to visit there as well.
“Helen Arts and Heritage Center” is a pottery studio and gallery that is located at 25 Chattahoochee Street right in the downtown area. This place also offers free admission and is open from Thursday until Monday from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. for the gallery viewing. You might also want to inquire about classes at the studio.
For those who want a tab bit more excitement to your museum going adventure than you might want to visit the “Live Tarantula Gallery” located in downtown Helen. This is a pretty self-explanatory museum which houses many kinds of creepy crawler spiders as well as a few other type of “scary” animals for you and your family to look at (and even hold?) here. They are open from noon until 7 during the weekdays and they offer extended hours during the weekend. Admission is just $4 for adults and children over the age of 12 and kids under 12 are only $3.
No matter is you want to stay in Helen or have a little extra time and want to venture out to the surrounding cities, you will definitely find some informative museums in the area for you and your family to enjoy at a low price.