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On June 30, 2015 the Atlanta Cyclorama will close its doors in preparation for restoration of the famous Battle of Atlanta painting, and subsequent relocation. The painting, diorama,Texas locomotive and other artifacts will all move to the Atlanta History Center.
The Atlanta History Center confirmed that $32.2 million have been raised through private donors and philanthropies – including an endowment to ensure that Cyclorama artifacts are maintained at no cost to the taxpayers.
The beautiful 1921 building in Grant Park which currently houses the Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum will go to Zoo Atlanta. Plans for the building include a portion being utilized as part of the new African Savanna exhibit, and the creation of a new community events space.
It’s reported that construction of the new 23,000 square foot Lloyd and Mary Ann Whitaker Cyclorama wing will begin in the fall of 2016. The Cyclorama is projected to re-open to the public at the Atlanta History Center in early 2017.
The Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum opened in 1921 and contains the world’s largest oil painting. The circular painting, known as a “cyclorama,” is 42 feet high X 358 feet long, and depicts the series of conflicts which encompass the Battle of Atlanta. Tours of the Cyclorama take place Tuesday through Saturday throughout the day, and include stadium seating for patrons on a revolving platform which affords a 360° view while they listen to details of the exciting events in the painting. The centerpiece of the two story museum is the Texas, the locomotive that won the Civil War adventure called “The Great Locomotive Chase.” The museum also features uniforms, guns & artillery, soldiers’ personal items, maps and other artifacts.
The Atlanta Cyclorama is currently located near downtown Atlanta, in Historic Grant Park, at 800 Cherokee Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30315. For more information visit: www.atlantacyclorama.org.