The Michael C. Carlos Museum is my favorite museum in Georgia. Located at Emory University, the museum contains treasures from thousands of years gone by and from many areas of the world. My personal favorite sections are the Greek and Roman exhibits and the Egyptian exhibits. But the Asian and Early North American areas are equally well-done. Right now (August 2006) there is a spectacular exhibit going on called "In Stabiana," with wonderful frescoes, mosaics, and more from a recently discovered luxury resort from Ancient Rome on display. Other special exhibits have included the mummy believed to be that of Ramses, which was returned to Italy by the museum.
Do not miss the gift shop! Here you can find extremely reasonably priced gift items, for yourself or someone else, such as scarabs from Egypt and handcrafted small bags from Mexico, art cards, jewelry, and many wonderful books.
The museum is free, but a $7 donation is requested, and the visit is worth much more than that.