Discover The Druid Hills Area Of Atlanta’s DeKalb County

  • Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University

  • Fernbank Museum of Natural History

  • Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

Druid Hills is located in unincorporated DeKalb County as well as a neighborhood of the City of Atlanta, and is one of Atlanta’s most affluent neighborhoods. The area is home to some of the finest museums and arts centers in Metro Atlanta.

Emory University in Druid Hills

Emory University

Druid Hills is home to Emory University, including its hospitals. Emory is one of the largest employers in Metro Atlanta. The University is recognized internationally for its outstanding liberal arts colleges, graduate and professional schools and one of the Southeast’s leading health care systems.

Located on the campus of Emory University is the Michael C. Carlos Museum, home to the Southeast’s largest collection of ancient art.

Founded in 1919, the Michael C. Carlos Museum has grown over the last century to become one of the most revered institutions in Georgia, serving generations of students, scholars, school children, history buffs, art lovers, and tourists.

More than one hundred thousand visitors experience the Carlos Museum each year.

The David J. Sencer CDC Museum was established in 1996 in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 50th anniversary. The museum is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM, with hours extended to 7 PM on Thursday.

The Story of CDC explores the history of CDC and the Global Symphony, a multi-screen multimedia installation, features 150 media vignettes and four absorbing videos. The CDC Museum mounts four temporary exhibitions a year, each related to CDC’s work.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History is also located between Atlanta and DeKalb in Druid Hills. Fernbank is home to the world’s largest dinosaurs and features permanent and temporary exhibits that allow guests to explore and learn about the natural world.

Fernbank’s 315-seat IMAX® Theatre provides the most powerful and involving film experience possible.

Immerse yourself in the world’s largest film format on a screen stretching five stories high and 72 feet wide with state-of-the art surround sound.

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center serves DeKalb County as a community events and fine arts center hosting concerts, performances, exhibits and other special events like Christmas at Callanwolde.

Fernbank Museum in Druid Hills

Fernbank Science Center’s Planetarium

The Center provides the tranquil setting of a beautifully restored estate, yet offers one of the liveliest and finest arts education facilities in the Southeast.

Callanwolde was once the estate of Charles Howard Candler, eldest son of The Coca-Cola Company founder, Asa Candler.

The mission of the Fernbank Science Center is to provide and promote an understanding of science and technology and to communicate to its visitors the harmony and order of the natural world.

Fernbank contains many materials for instruction, including dinosaur skeletons, rocks and minerals, a collection of tektites, an Aeronautics Education Laboratory and an electron microscope lab.

The center also has an authentic Apollo spacecraft from the unmanned Apollo 6 Saturn V test flight and is home to a planetarium with a 70-foot (21 m)-diameter projection dome.

We hope to see you soon in the Druid Hills area of Atlanta’s DeKalb County. The area features a number of hotel accommodations to fit any size budget.

Festivals & Events

  • Callanwolde: Jazz on the Lawn

    Callanwolde’s Jazz on the Lawn Summer Concert Series showcases a lineup of Atlanta’s finest jazz treasures performing a mix of classic and contemporary jazz, swing, fusion, smooth and blues, in a perfect setting for summer outdoor concerts. Surrounded by the natural beauty of Callanwolde’s grounds, it’s a great way to join friends, unwind and listen to an evening of live music. Guests are invited to bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy these special concerts in the Callanwolde Amphitheater.

  • The Festival on Ponce

    The Festival on Ponce is an Atlanta arts and crafts celebration set in the historic park, Olmsted Linear Park in spring and fall. Attendees will enjoy the gorgeous landscape designed by one of America’s most celebrated landscape architects, Fredrick Olmsted Sr. along with over 125 displays of fine arts and crafts, fold and “outsider art.” In addition to the fine arts, there is a children’s area and local food and beverages available.

  • Christmas at Callanwolde

    Visitors of all ages will enoy touring the 27,000 square-foot historic mansion elaborately decorated with professional holiday displays, an expansive artist market, and themed events for all ages in December. Every room inspires and captures the spirit of the season.

Parks & Recreation

Callanwolde Jazz on the Lawn

  • Baker Woodland: Emory University
  • Burbanck Park: Oxford Road & Clifton Road
  • Fernbank Forest: Fernbank Museum of Natural History
  • Fernbank School Park: 157 Heaton Park Drive
  • Hahn Woods: Emory University
  • Medlock Park: 874 Gaylemont Circle
  • Olmsted Linear Park: Ponce de Leon
  • Wesley Woods Forest: Emory University