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. Each fall the Museum hosts Bacchanal, a riotous cocktail party in homage to ancient festivals of Bacchus, god of wine.

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


Friday, April 17, 2015

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

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Saturday, September 20, 2014
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Member Appreciation Day 
Saturday, February 28, 10:00 AM-5 PM

We love our members! We are offering the Dogon Cloud Catchers workshop with blacksmith Jason Smith FREE to members. Registration is required by calling 404-727-0519. Members can also enjoy hot chocolate and sweets in the Tate Room throughout the day. 

September is SWAPtember
Swap the savings during the 6th Annual SWAPtember Savings event at 19 metro Atlanta partner attractions in September. Show your membership card when you visit the participating attractions between September 1-30, 2014 and receive up to 10$ off a membership purchase or discounted/free admission*. For more information visit
*Some restrictions apply. Please visit the participating attraction website for details. 

Bacchanal 21: Farewell to the Flowers
Saturday, September 20

7 PM, VIP cocktail hour, Emory Quadrangle
8 PM, Food, music, and raffle, Level Three

Members receive $25 off the regular $75 ticket price for Bacchanal 21: Farewell to the Flowers! Visit the Bacchanal page for detailed information on what your $50 ticket includes. 

Rick Riordan Returns!
Thursday, October 9
7 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm)
Glenn M
emorial Auditorium, 1660 N Decatur Rd

The Carlos Museum and Decatur’s Little Shop of Stories present Rick Riordan, author of the bestselling Percy Jackson and the Olympians, the Kane Chronicles, and the Heroes of Olympus. Mr. Riordan will talk about the newly published fifth book in the Heroes of Olympus series, The Blood of Olympus.

Carlos Museum members at the Doric and above levels are eligible for special reserved seating with the advanced purchase of The Blood of Olympus from Decatur's Little Shop of Stories or the Carlos Museum Bookshop after September 1. Please call 404-727-2623 to take advantage of this special benefit!

Mummies & Mixers
Thursday, October 23, 7:00 PM

Reception Hall, Level Three

Why do kids get to have all the fun? This year Mummies & Milkshakes grows up! Join Carlos Museum members for movie snacks and mixology with the Pinewood Tippling Room. Abbott and Costello's Meet the Mummy will be playing and docents will be available in the galleries to share interesting facts about our mummy collection. RSVP by phone 404-727-2635 or online at

Dance of the Maize God Film Screening, Discussion and Reception
Tuesday, November 4, 7:30 PM

Reception Hall, Level Three

Young Associates and Carlos Museum members at the Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, Curators' Council, Director's COuncil, and Partner levels are invited to mix and mingle with movie director David Lebrun and Laura Wingfield at a reception immediately following a screening of Nightfire Films' new documentary film Dance of the Maize God, which explores the royal life and rich mythology of the Maya through imagery on hundreds of extraordinary painted vases, as well as the tangles issues involved in their collection and study. RSVP by phone 404-727-2623 or email

Creation Stories Docent Tour
Sunday, November 9, 3:00 PM

Reception Hall, Level Three

Carlos Museum members at the Corinthian, Curators' Council, Director's Council, and Partner levels are invited to a Creation Story-themed docent tour in celebration of the Year of Creation Stories at Emory. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP by phone 404-727-2623 or email

Night at the Museum Ticket Giveaway!
Tuesday, December 16, 6:00 PM

Regal Atlantic Station Theater

Twentieth Century Fox has given the Carlos Museum fifty passes to the screening of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb for Family and above members. Tickets are first come first serve--up to four tickets per family--and can be reserved by calling 404.727.2623. Seats will be held until five minutes before the screening, then released, so don't be late! 

Champagne Toast before Nix Mann Lecture
Sunday, January 25, 3:00 PM
Reception Hall, Level Three
Young Associates and Doric and above members are invited to a champagne toast with Dr. Kara Cooney, professor of Egyptian art and architecture at UCLA. Cooney will give the annual Nix Mann Endowed Lecture in conjunction with the publication of her new book, The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt. RSVP for the champagne toast by calling 404.727.2623 or emailing Read more about Cooney and her new book at

African Cosmos: Stellar Arts Member Preview
Thursday, January 29, 7:00 PM
Reception Hall, Level Three
Members are invited to preview the special exhibition African Cosmos: Stellar Arts on Thursday, January 29 from 7-9 PM. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP online at or by phone 404-727-2635 by January 22. Read more about the exhibition here
African Cosmos: Stellar Arts Brunch & Curator Tour for Council & Partner Members
Saturday, February 7, 10:00 AM

Reception Hall, Level Three

Council and Partner Members are invited to a special champagne brunch and curator-led tour with our very own curator of African art, Dr. Amanda Hellman. RSVP online at or by phone
404-727-2623 by January 22.