Tours and Excursions

 Atlanta Medical College

Atlanta Medical College (founded 1854).
Image courtesy of Emory University School of Medicine.

CDC Museum Tours

The David J. Sencer CDC Museum – an affiliate of the Smithsonian – features permanent and changing exhibitions on the history of the CDC and a variety of public health topics. The museum is located at CDC Headquarters, across the street from the Emory Conference Center.

Self-guided tours: AAHM attendees can visit the museum at any time on Thurs, May 16 from 9am to 7pm,  or Friday, May 17 from 9am to 5pm. 

Guided tours: On Thursday, May 16, there will be two guided tours of the museum for AAHM attendees, at 12:30 pm and 3 pm. Tours are free -- but limited to the first 80 registrants. To sign up for a guided tour, select “CDC museum tour” during registration.  

Please note, all museum visitors must present a government-issued ID to enter the museum; non-U.S. citizens must show a valid passport.

For more information on the museum, visit

Civil War Tour

McClelland Hospital

McClelland Hospital, 1860s, Philadelphia.
Image courtesy of the the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

The Battle of Atlanta, fought on July 22, 1864, was a major victory for the Federal forces under the command of General William T. Sherman and presaged the Confederate surrender of the city 42 days later.   The fighting took place in areas now known as East Atlanta, Edgewood, Little Five Points, and Inman Park.  Busy highways, streets, and urban neighborhoods have long since transformed the battlefield, but today’s visitors can tour many topographic features, historic monuments and landmarks, as well as remnants of a Civil War fort and rifle pits.

A 3-hour guided bus tour of the battlefield sites enables the Civil War buff and novice alike to gain a new appreciation for the city’s historical importance and the events that were decisive in what proved to be the biggest battle in the final 10 months of the War.   At each stop on the tour—and along the way—physical traces of the Battle of Atlanta will be highlighted and the battlefield action will be narrated.  The tour also will evoke insights and exchanges that go beyond the fighting and touch on broader questions about the Civil War, its causes and consequences, and the historical memory of major battles and the generals and soldiers who fought them.   No prior knowledge of the Battle of Atlanta is presupposed, only a willingness to use the tour narrative and present day visual evidence to ferret out what happened, where, and why, on July 22, 1864.