Cyclorama

At the Cyclorama students will experience a retelling of the Battle of Atlanta as they view one of the remaining examples in the world of an art form that was popular at the end of the 19th century, before moving pictures. The “cyclorama” is a show in a cylindrical room that features a painting on the outer wall of the room with the patrons seated in rotating seats in the center. A 14-minute film shows events leading up to the Battle of Atlanta. Artifacts from the American Civil War period are displayed on two floors and include weapons, photographs and uniforms. A touch-screen computer system tells the story of the war. Other videos recount period history and Cyclorama restoration. The centerpiece of the museum is the steam locomotive Texas, which played a key role in the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862 (also known as Andrews’ Raid).