Atlanta >Government Organizations & Services > Cyclorama Office
800 Cherokee Ave SE Ste C, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3031533.734066 -84.372243
Mon., Sun. CLOSED;Tue. - Sat. 9:15am - 4:30pm
Neighborhoods: Grants Park, Eastside, Eastside
Unique attraction provides quick Civil War history fix. – The Scene
A cyclorama is a theater-in-the-round, affording a 360-degree view of a story as depicted on a massive painting. Only three cycloramas survive, and Atlanta's, built in 1921, is considered the best. It permanently hosts the world's largest oil painting. The painting depicts the Civil War's Battle of Atlanta, a bloody event that cost 12,000 American lives and led to the fall of Atlanta. A 3-D diorama in front of the painting adds foreground depth and creates a convincing illusion.
A short introductory film sets up the battle, illustrated in the revolving amphitheater. Strains of martial music and thoughtful narration provide a moving context as you scan the giant canvas. The Cyclorama also hosts a small museum of Civil war memorabilia, highlighted by the 1862 giant steam locomotive "Texas."
History – Very interesting and different. Not your typical museum. Learn about your history in a beautiful setting.
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