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A Guide to Atlanta's Biggest Cultural Debuts of 2015

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It's 2015, and all the successes and openings of last year are but a happy memory. We've basked in the glory, and now it's time to see what's on tap for this year. The year promises to be another big one, with a stellar list of coming attractions (or expansions of existing attractions). The AJC has profiled four Atlanta cultural institutions that are undergoing transformations slated to open this year. Have a gander, in handy map form, after the jump.


· A look ahead: Atlanta's attractions expand in 2015 [AJC; subscriber]
· History Reimagined [Curbed]
· Garden Grows [Curbed]
· Center For Puppetry Arts Files For Mega Muppet Warehouse [Curbed]
· Scaly, Slimy Zoo Atlanta Exhibit Coming In 2015 [Curbed]

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1. Atlanta History Center

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130 West Paces Ferry Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 814-4000
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While construction proceeds in Buckhead to ready the Atlanta History Center to take in the Cyclorama from Grant Park, visitors will be able to enjoy a new lobby, atrium and gift shop by the summer. Once finished, the project will be a massive facelift for the institution, improving visibility and appearance from West Paces Ferry Road.

2. Atlanta Botanical Garden

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1345 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 876-5859
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By the end of the year, patrons of the Atlanta Botanical Garden should be dining in style at Linton’s in the Garden, a new café in a two-story contemporary building at the center of the gardens. Also on tap for 2015 is the opening of the 15-acre Storza Woods, where visitors will be able to walk among some of the city’s last mature hardwood trees.

3. Center for Puppetry Arts

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1404 Spring St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 873-3391
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Jim Henson’s Muppets will soon have a permanent home at the Center for Puppetry Arts. While the collection of Kermit and his friends was donated more than a decade ago, the museum is finally constructing a 15,000-square-foot extension to the former Spring Street Elementary School to house everyone’s favorite puppets.

4. Zoo Atlanta

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800 Cherokee Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30315
(404) 624-9453
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Knowing that they can’t keep the world amazed forever with breeding pandas, Zoo Atlanta officials are in the process of building a massive, 111,000-square-foot amphibian and reptile house complete with a 45-foot glass dome and 60,000-gallon tank.

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1. Atlanta History Center

130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305

While construction proceeds in Buckhead to ready the Atlanta History Center to take in the Cyclorama from Grant Park, visitors will be able to enjoy a new lobby, atrium and gift shop by the summer. Once finished, the project will be a massive facelift for the institution, improving visibility and appearance from West Paces Ferry Road.

130 West Paces Ferry Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30305

2. Atlanta Botanical Garden

1345 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

By the end of the year, patrons of the Atlanta Botanical Garden should be dining in style at Linton’s in the Garden, a new café in a two-story contemporary building at the center of the gardens. Also on tap for 2015 is the opening of the 15-acre Storza Woods, where visitors will be able to walk among some of the city’s last mature hardwood trees.

1345 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

3. Center for Puppetry Arts

1404 Spring St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309

Jim Henson’s Muppets will soon have a permanent home at the Center for Puppetry Arts. While the collection of Kermit and his friends was donated more than a decade ago, the museum is finally constructing a 15,000-square-foot extension to the former Spring Street Elementary School to house everyone’s favorite puppets.

1404 Spring St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309

4. Zoo Atlanta

800 Cherokee Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30315

Knowing that they can’t keep the world amazed forever with breeding pandas, Zoo Atlanta officials are in the process of building a massive, 111,000-square-foot amphibian and reptile house complete with a 45-foot glass dome and 60,000-gallon tank.

800 Cherokee Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30315