Since opening downtown in March 2003, the Children’s Museum of Atlanta has welcomed nearly 2.5 million young visitors. “We jokingly say that we’ve invited them to come and destroy property,” says Jane Turner, the museum’s executive director. “It’s well loved, but we knew we needed to renovate.” The $8.2 million overhaul began in August and was completed last month. New features include a 3,000-square-foot mezzanine with a “science bar,” where kids can hop up on stools and browse a “menu” of experiments to try; a two-story, rotating, climb-able globe; and a miniature old-fashioned diner that helps explain how food makes its way from farm to table.
This article originally appeared in our January 2016 issue.