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Margaret Mitchell House and Museum

Visit the house where the classic novel Gone with the Wind was written, and learn about the author’s life and inspiration.

The Margaret Mitchell House and Museum occupies a vintage apartment building in midtown Atlanta where the author of “Gone with the Wind” wrote her famed novel. There are tours of the living quarters, exhibits about Mitchell’s life and her development as a writer, and a museum dedicated to the 1939 movie adaptation of the book.

The house was built in 1899 and converted into a three-story Tudor-style apartment building in 1919. Mitchell and her husband lived in one of the apartments, which she affectionately nicknamed “The Dump,” from 1925 until 1932. Their apartment has been restored to its original condition, including the leaded-glass window Mitchell sat by to write her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

The apartment can only be visited as part of a guided tour, which runs every half-hour throughout the day and lasts about 20 minutes. Tours can’t be booked online or over the phone, so show up early to reserve a place. This is a fascinating place to learn about why Mitchell wrote Gone With the Wind and her life before she entered the spotlight.

Exhibits throughout the rest of the museum display childhood writings and work from her time as a reporter for the Atlanta Journal. Learn about her rise to fame after Gone With the Wind was published in 1936.

The 1939 film adaptation was just as famous as the book, and a large portion of the museum is dedicated to the movie. On view are some of the original props from the set and costumes worn by the actors. There’s the portrait of Scarlett O’Hara seen in the Butler mansion, a detailed exhibit about the making of the movie, and even the coat Mitchell wore to the movie’s premier.

The gift shop has a range of Gone with the Wind merchandise. 

The Margaret Mitchell House and Museum is easily accessible by public transport. It’s open every day except major national holidays.


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Oakwood At Skyhouse South

100 6th Street NE, Atlanta
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Midtown, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fox Theatre and Georgia Institute of Technology. Centennial Olympic Park and World of Coca Cola are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$149
Hyatt Atlanta Midtown

Hyatt Atlanta Midtown

125 10th Street NE, Atlanta
4.3
of 5, from 271 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Atlanta hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 15-minute walk of Margaret Mitchell House and Museum and High Museum of Art. Atlanta Botanical Garden and Piedmont Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$199
Loews Atlanta Hotel

Loews Atlanta Hotel

1065 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta
4.5
of 5, from 257 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

All guest rooms at the Loews Atlanta feature plush 300+ thread count linens and bedding, bath sheets and down comforters; four-fixture baths with frameless glass shower enclosure

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W Atlanta Midtown

W Atlanta Midtown

188 14th Street NE, Atlanta
3.8
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4.0 out of 5.0

3 miles from downtown Atlanta, this hotel is also a block from Piedmont Park and 2 blocks from the High Museum of Art.

$169
Regency Suites Hotel

Regency Suites Hotel

975 W Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta
4.0
of 5, from 318 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

This Atlanta hotel offers a central location in the heart of Midtown's cultural and corporate center on West Peachtree Street; it is 4 blocks from Atlanta's High Museum of Art and a mile from the Georgia Dome.

$116
Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center

Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center

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4.4
of 5, from 463 reviews
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Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel

Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel

866 W Peachtree St Nw, Atlanta
4.3
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4.0 out of 5.0

Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel is a 15-minute walk from Piedmont Park, and 8 minutes from Margaret Mitchell House, where the best-selling author wrote “Gone with the Wind.” Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca-Cola® are within a 10-minute drive, and the airport is less than 20 minutes by car.

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The Georgian Terrace Hotel

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4.1
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