Look Back On Atlanta’s Legendary 1996 Olympic Games At This Nostalgic Exhibit

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Look Back On Atlanta’s Legendary 1996 Olympic Games At This Nostalgic Exhibit

Travel back in time to 1996, when Atlanta hosted the Olympic Games!

Twenty-five years later, you can still feel the impact of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Delve into that impact at Atlanta ’96, an exhibition located at the Atlanta History Center.

Atlanta ’96 expands on the stories and memories of the city’s Olympic and Paralympic history. Drawn from Atlanta History Center’s distinctive collections, the exhibition creates a visitor experience filled with iconic and unexpected objects. It includes memorabilia from athletes and fans, and archival materials that look behind the scenes at the experience of a host city

The exhibit kicks off with a timeline of the history, both of the games in general, and specifically Atlanta. Breaking down the application process, the exhibit shows you Atlanta’s process for making 1996 our year. Envisioning the games, campaigning for Atlanta, making those visions a reality, and exploring post-games reflections.

Following the 1996 games, Atlanta History Center was designated as the repository for the collections of the Georgia Amateur Athletic Foundation, the non-profit behind the organizing committee of the 1996 Olympic bid and Games. Within the collection, there’s professional records, videos, photographs, artifacts, and so much more!


If you’re loving the 2021 Olympic Games, or want to revisit some old memories of Atlanta 1996. Make sure you head to the Atlanta History Center, for Atlanta ’96. 

Standard adult tickets to Atlanta History Center are $23.41. General admission includes several exhibits available at the center. Atlanta History Center is an all-inclusive, 33 acre destination. Their campus features one of the nation’s largest history museums, including the Cyclorama: The Big Picture experience; three historic houses; Goizueta Gardens; and the Kenan Research Center. You can find Atlanta History Center at 130 West Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305.

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Featured Image: Content Providers(s): CDC/Dr. Edwin P. Ewing, Jr., Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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