Cartersville, Georgia—A Small Southern Town with Big-City Culture

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Cartersville, Georgia—A Small Southern Town with Big-City Culture Welcomes Ansel Adams Exhibit and One Showcasing the Life of JFK

Cartersville, Georgia, is known for its small town appeal; but, with its sophisticated  and unique attractions, visitors might think they’ve ventured into the big city.

Immerse yourself in America’s story at Booth Western Art Museum in downtown. This 120,000-square-foot space houses the largest permanent exhibition of Western art in the country. In 2017, enjoy the work of world-renowned photographer Ansel Adams in the museum’s new permanent photography gallery, Picturing America. Adams is known for capturing America’s most iconic western landscapes. From April 8-October 29, a collection of 30 photographs hand selected, printed, and signed by Adams himself will be featured in Ansel Adams: The MasterWorks. Exhibited together for the first time ever, these images are on loan from the personal collection of Adams’ granddaughter, Virginia Adams Mayhew.

From April 15-August 28, experience “Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe”—a showcase of Kennedy’s personal photographer’s work, with images from 1958 through his early years in the White House. This impressive exhibit gives guests a glimpse of more than 70 intimate and iconic images of President John F. Kennedy, his wife, Jacqueline and their children—photos that helped create the legend of the Kennedy presidency known as “Camelot.” The original images that captivated America during JFK’s rise in politics were destroyed in the World Trade Center on 9/11. This exhibit of 70 images was digitally recreated from contact sheets and prints from Lowe’s estate. The exhibit coincides with JFK’s 100th birthday on May 29.

Nearby, head to the Tellus Science Museum for an out-of-this-world experience. Enjoy hands-on exhibits, get up close to a 70-foot-long dinosaur fossil and be dazzled by sparkling minerals. The museum is also home to a 120-seat planetarium and boasts the Tellus Observatory. The Observatory gives visitors a view of the night sky through a 20-inch state-of-the-art telescope. Plan to visit during special events, like RockFest in June, Night at the Museum each August, and October’s Heavy Metal in Motion. Tellus is also the perfect place to be on August 21 for the total solar eclipse. Whether you’re wanting to journey back in time or explore the discoveries of tomorrow, Cartersville, Georgia, is packed with cultural charms that create the perfect escape.

For more Cartersville cultural explorations, call the information specialists at the Cartersville-Bartow Convention & Visitors Bureau 770-387-1357 or check out