Benefit and Member Events


The Michael C. Carlos Museum is legendary for its signature gala and benefit parties. Veneralia, the "festival of Venus" as it was known in ancient times, is the Museum's annual spring gala. In the past, each fall was marked by Bacchanal, a riotous cocktail party in homage to ancient festivals of Bacchus, god of wine. New for 2016, Mummies & Mixers will take over as the Museum's newest, liveliest fall party in its place.

Supporting these memorable events helps bring world-class exhibitions and programming to all of our audiences.


Saturday, April 29, 2017
View details here.

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Details forthcoming. See for information on the 2016 event.



White Tara, courtesy Mystical Arts of Tibet

Member Appreciation Day: Sand Mandalas 

March 25, 2017,  10am - 2pm
Ackerman Hall, Level Three

Using Tibetan chak-purs and colored sand, members and participants will create their own temporary sand mandala. The 10am and 11am sections are reserved for Carlos Museum members only, and refreshments will be served. Visit to RSVP.



Nike Temple, William James Stillman

In Search of Noble Marbles Member Preview 

January 12, 2017, 7 - 9pm
Ackerman Hall, Level Three

Members are invited to preview this special exhibition. Light refreshments will be provided. 


Andi McKenzieCurator Tour: First Folio
November 18, 6-7pm

Works on Paper Gallery, Level One

Council and Partner level members were invited to join Associate Curator of Works on Paper Andi McKenzie for a reception and private tour of First Folio: The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare. 


Pharaoh's PunchMummies and Mixers
October 27, 7-9pm

Level Three

Join the Carlos Museum and Julian Goglia (of The Mercury, The Pinewood Tippling Room, and Proof Cocktail Syrups) for the liveliest event this side of the pyramids! Get ready to taste two hair-raising specialty cocktails, sample delicious bites from Atlanta's favorite caterers, and show off your most bewitching costume at the event everyone's howling about. "Stake" the date and check out for more details!


Gonkar GyatsoGonkar Gyatso: Artist in Residence
September 18 - 24, 10am-6pm each day

Level Three

While in residence at the Carlos, Gonkar will set up a studio space on Level Three of the museum where students, faculty, staff, and members of the Atlanta community can come and make tsa tsas, a traditional Buddhist offering made from molded clay. At the end of the week, hundreds of these small clay images of Buddhas and other meditational deities will be enshrined in the Baker Woodland behind the Carlos Museum, where they will naturally disintigrate over time.