Bennett History Museum Highlights
The Bennett History Museum in the Funk Heritage Center includes several collections and exhibits designed to inform, educate and entertain.
The Bennett History Museum in the Funk Heritage Center has a large collection of artifacts representing the American Indian cultures that preceded the European arrival in the Southeast. Projectile points, atalatyl weights, chunky stones and pottery shards are among the cultural remains of ancient cultures. The Long House showcases artifacts and text panels. This section of the Funk Heritage Center is funded by Georgia Power.
Estelle Bennett Hughes Theater and Film, "The Southeastern Indians"
The museum’s Theater presents an award-winning film, "The Southeastern Indians", which gives visitors background into the history of these interesting native people.
The Hall of the Ancients
The Hall of the Ancients offers more detailed historical information about the Indians and early settlers. This venue offers beautifully designed dioramas depicting more than 12,000 years of regional history, as well as interactive computers with touch screens. Other contents include a massive petroglyph, artifacts and Warluskee’s Corner, a children's area.
The Rogers Gallery of Contemporary Indian Art
Rogers Gallery of Contemporary Indian Art includes paintings, sculptures and other creative works. Rotating exhibits from this collection are always on display.
"Tools of the Trades"
The Sellars Collection of Antique Hand Tools is another permanent exhibit. Acquired over many years by Marietta businessman Alan Sellars, this astonishing exhibit includes thousands of tools dating from as early as the 17th century. The individual panels depict a wide variety of trades -- and the design of each panel is a work of art in itself. Why tools? Because they tell the story of the rise of craft and technology in western Europe and North America.
The Appalachian Settlement
Designed to interpret the pioneer experience, the Appalachian Settlement includes authentic log cabins and other 19th century farm buildings that have been moved from their original locations in the exhibit area, then faithfully reconstructed and furnished.