Arts & Culture Tour of Madison, Georgia!
(Example Itinerary for Group Tour Operators)
10am – Begin your tour at the Madison Welcome Center located in downtown Madison, a vibrant downtown that boasts of unique boutiques, eateries, a town park, and even a beautiful tearoom. Begin with a tour of the historic district, a rich tapestry of some of Georgia’s finest architecture. Choose to let the group loose with their self-guided walking guide or opt for a step-on guide to be your host (*see information below for additional guidance)
11am – The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center combines a rare treasure of the past with an active commitment to the future. Housed in a fine 1895 Romanesque Revival red brick building, the structure was built in 1895 as one of the South’s first graded public schools. Today it is a vibrant non-profit multidisciplinary performing and visual arts facility serving the Southeast. The center allows you to take a look at the classroom that once taught a young, impressionable Oliver Hardy entering 1st grade in September of 1898, an original furniture exhibit to one of our historic homes that once provided inspiration to Margaret Mitchell in the writing of Gone with the Wind, and a pre/post-civil war museum that takes you through the history of different time periods in Madison. Community favorites at the Center include the annual Antiques Show & Sale, an array of visual arts exhibits, independent films, live performances and concerts, the annual Spring Tour of Homes, the Chamber Music Festival, and a variety of educational programs to enhance the arts experiences of local K-12 students. (Group Rate: $3/person) http://www.mmcc-arts.org/
12pm – Take a break and explore the many flavors that Madison has to offer (Reservations can be made in advance). For a listing of shops and restaurants, click here to view our Visitor Guide.
1pm– Spend some time perusing through the antiques shops, specialty stores, and sweet shops that add to the town’s charming character.
2pm– Experience the Morgan County African American Museum, a key educational and cultural resource for Morgan County and the entire southeast region, offering a wide array of exhibitions, programs, and events geared to adults, families, and students of all ages. (Cost: $5/person – $3/students) http://www.mcaam.org/
3pm – Head out to beautiful Buckhead to the world renowned Steffen Thomas Museum of Art. Steffen Thomas was born in 1906 in Fürth, Germany. His father, a paintbrush manufacturer, apprenticed him to a stonecutter at the age of 14 after realizing his son wanted to be a sculptor. Steffen applied himself and became an excellent stone carver, spending part of his time working on WWI monuments. He was so gifted that at the age of 17 he was accepted to the School of Applied Arts in Nuremberg and at the age of 19 entered the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. While at the Academy he established himself as a sculptor of note, was given a studio of his own, and awarded “Master” status at the age of 21. He came to America at the age of 22 and a museum showcasing his work was the dream of his wife after he died in 1990. Among his amazing collection here, he also created the colossal size statue of Governor Eugene Talmadge, on the grounds of the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta, and the Alabama Memorial, located in the Vicksburg National Military Park in Mississippi. (Group Rate: $3/person) http://www.steffenthomas.org/
Enjoy an elegant dinner at one of Madison’s exceptional restaurants, catch a performance at The Cultural Center or some live music at Perk Avenue!