As you may know, Atlanta is the birthplace of Coca-Cola. When C came to Atlanta for a quick visit, I thought she would like to check it out as she’s recently converted from Pepsi to Coke.
See Dr. Pemberton just outside for a glass! Then head over to the ticket office to buy your ticket and head inside.
When you first walk in, there is a (possibly overly) cheerful person who welcomes you and then introduces you to the World of Coca-Cola. After the relatively brief intro, they shuffle you into a theatre to view a short film made by Coke (which is really adorable).
After the film, the screen lifts up and you walk in to the main area of the museum where all of the exhibits are located.
They have exhibits about the start of Coke.
There they talk about Coke impostors.
They also have a vault where they allege the recipe is kept. (I’m not so sure I believe them though.) When you walk into the room, the doors close behind you. They begin a video which plays on all of the walls about the creation of Coke. At one point they visually fill the walls with coke, and I swear it gets cooler and smells like Coke in the room when they do it. C and I both got excited by it!
I love the old adverts for Coke. Well, I love old adverts. I love the way that companies used to target people.
They have a wall of drinks (both past and present) made by Coca-Cola.
Probably the most fun part of the museum is the drink cafe.
They have fountains of drinks made by Coca-Cola that are sold all across the world. Word of advice: Don’t drink Beverly in Italy. It’s a super fun way to drink your way around the world via Coca-Cola.
Then, they give you a free contour bottle of Coke to remember your trip!
Inside the museum, they have a 4-D movie theatre which shows a short film about a couple of “scientists” who are trying to figure out what’s in a coke. This film was a huge miss for us. It was clearly geared towards kids (real kids, not kids at heart) under 10.
There are quite a few people, M.Stewart included, who don’t care for the World of Coke. They don’t see the point in paying to have Coke advertisements rammed down your throat. I can agree, this isn’t the type of museum that I would go to more than once or twice (it’s definitely not like going to the Georgia Aquarium, which is just across the courtyard).
The entry fee is a bit steep ($16 per adult) for what this museum is. And you have to exit through the gift shop, of course. The museum is also only entertaining for a wee while. We only spent an hour or two inside the museum. So be prepared to museum hop around the square and shell out more money to make an afternoon/day of it. All in all, though, C and I had great fun at the World of Coca-Cola. Our highlights were definitely the movie at the very beginning (“Moments of Happiness”) and the Taste it! area where you can sample different kinds of pop (as she calls it).