Jimmy Carter Library and Museum
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An ode to the 39th President
Word to the wise: Check the exhibition schedule online ahead of time; the library has special exhibits on display, such as Carter's Nobel Peace Prize.
Talk of the town: The historic hilltop happens to be where General Sherman watched the Battle of Atlanta.
The Jimmy Carter Library and Museum is dedicated to the small-town Georgia peanut farmer who became President of the United States. Presidential buffs come to see a replica of the Oval Office, campaign artifacts, and Carter's letters to Soviet dissidents. But Carter's was not the most illustrious presidential career, and other exhibitions focus on what Carter has done outside the presidency, including the Nobel Peace Prize-winner's many humanitarian efforts.
Interactive videos challenge visitors to respond to a terrorist crisis, as Carter had to during his presidency when Iranian militants took 52 Americans hostage for 444 days. Other videos simulate a 'town hall' meeting with Carter.
The center sits on Freedom Park, which is filled with waterfalls, lakes, and gardens. When you're finished perusing the collections, unwind outside by the Japanese gardens.