If one is a visitor to Macon and Central Georgia, the Museum of arts and Sciences has to be one of the places that I would direct them to visit. The Museum of Arts and Sciences has been one of Central Georgia’s most renowned landmarks for over a half of a century and continues to educate and inform people on art and culture.
The following are my Top 5 things about the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences:
1. BROWN’S MOUNT- If you love history or archeological history, then you would like to visit Brown’s Mount which is part of the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences. Brown’s Mount sits on a coastal plain and consists of nearly 200 acres. This area is a prime source for red clay and sits right on the Fall Line. There are various tours and programs that help visitors understand the history of this site. In recent years, daily operations had been transferred to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. I recall during my grade school years that my teachers had arranged a trip to visit this historic site. One of my classes was social studies, and we were learning about people who had lived on these lands thousands of years ago.
2. MARK SMITH PLANATARIUM-I have always had a love for astronomy, and the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences provides the community with an opportunity to explore the universe through a variety of optics that include special effects in regard to meteor showers and it is inside the Mark Smith Planetarium which looks like a movie theatre and this was one of the other school events that were planned for students to see. For kids, they would love the special effects of different outer space events such as a meteor shower. The Museum provides a comprehensive experience for its visitors and it is something that one won’t forget. The planetarium is named after former Bibb County School Superintendant Mark Smith. It was his idea and concept that made it possible for the Museum of Arts and Sciences to be in existence.
3. VARIOUS EXHIBITIONS-Every year, the Museum of Arts and Science have several different exhibitions for the public. However, one of my favorite happen around the holiday season–starting shortly before Thanksgiving and runs through early January. The exhibition is called The Festival of Trees.
4. COLLECTIONS-The museum also provide ‘collections’ which are on display. One in particular is called the Kingfisher Cabin. This is one of the longer lasting collections or exhibits. The cabin had been on the Wesleyan College campus until the 1940’s, but has been a part of the Museum of Arts and Sciences for a few decades. Recently, the Kingfisher Cabin was renovated.
5. EDUCATIONAL TOURS-The Museum and Arts and Sciences has been a integral part of the community and been a part of helping to educate future generations about culture. The tours are very informative and fun.