The Carlos offers a wide variety of public programs for adults related to the museum's collections and exhibitions, including lectures, the Carlos Reads Book Club, chamber music concerts, cooking classes, and more. Click on listings below for descriptions of programs below or visit the Museum calendar for specific information on scheduled programs.
Support for educational programs at the Michael C. Carlos Museum comes from the David R. Clare & Margaret C. Clare Foundation, an anonymous donor, the Marguerite Colville Ingram Fund, the Christian and Frances Humann Foundation, and Clara M. and John S. O'Shea.
Docent Guild lead public tours of the permanent collection and special exhibitions every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Tours begin in the Rotunda on Level One of the Museum.
Docent-led tours are available for groups of ten or more by appointment. Please submit the Tour Request Form at least two weeks in advance of the tour date you are requesting. Once your tour request form is received, you will be contacted by Office of Educational Programs staff to confirm your tour.
Museum Moments is a tour designed for people with mild cognitive impairment or dementia. Experiencing the art of the ancient world at the Carlos Museum can spark the imagination, trigger memories, and encourage a shared experience in a beautiful setting. Individuals with mild cognitive impairment, early Alzheimer’s or dementia are invited to attend Museum Moments tours with their family member or a caregiver. The tour is available at 1 pm on the second Wednesday of each month, September through May. Please contact Clare Fitzgerald by email or by phone at 404 727 2363 to make a reservation.
Stools for this program were made possible by a gift from Sylvia Dodson in memory of her husband, James Dodson.
Thanks to the generous financial support of the Sara Giles Moore Foundation and the Morgens West Foundation, the Carlos Museum is pleased to introduce a new multimedia audio guide to the permanent collections. The guides include fifty minutes of new material, featuring expert commentary from museum curators and Emory faculty members from a number of departments at the university. The guides, available on iPod touches, feature enhanced multimedia content offering visitors a greater understanding of the Carlos Museum’s permanent collection. For example, in the Art of the Americas section, images of whale sharks on the screen help visitors visualize the ways in which the Museum’s Chancay female effigy vessel represents the shaman transforming into the giant fish, which serves as her animal spirit companion. The guide is available for a rental fee of $3. Carlos Museum members enjoy unlimited free usage.
Times and Texts of the Bible Audio Tour
A second audio tour makes connections between the Museum's permanent collections and the Bible. Curators and faculty members from Emory University's Candler School of Theology and the Departments of Religion and Middle Eastern Studies explore objects in relation to biblical texts to enhance our understanding of the cultures out of which Judaism and Christianity developed. The guide is available for a rental fee of $3. It is included in the general audio tour rental. Museum members enjoy unlimited free usage.
Carlos Reads offers an opportunity to read and discuss great works of literature related to the museum's collections and exhibitions in an informal, small group setting, with distinguished members of the Emory faculty as guides.
Carlos Reads discussions meet on Monday nights at 7:30 p.m. in the Board Room on Level Two of the museum. Books may be picked up in the Office of Educational Programs on the Plaza Level between 8:30 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Please pick up the book in time to read it before the discussion.