Benefit and Member Events


The Michael C. Carlos Museum is legendary for its signature gala and benefit parties. Veneralia, the "festival of Venus" as it was known in ancient times, is the Museum's annual spring gala. In the past, each fall was marked by Bacchanal, a riotous cocktail party in homage to ancient festivals of Bacchus, god of wine. New for 2016, Mummies & Mixers will take over as the Museum's newest, liveliest fall party in its place.

Supporting these memorable events helps bring world-class exhibitions and programming to all of our audiences.


Saturday, April 29, 2017
Details forthcoming.


Gonkar Gyatso: Artist in Residence
September 18 - 24, 10am-6pm each day

Third Floor

While in residence at the Carlos, Gonkar will set up a studio space on Level Three of the museum where students, faculty, staff, and members of the Atlanta community can come and make tsa tsas, a traditional Buddhist offering made from molded clay. At the end of the week, hundreds of these small clay images of Buddhas and other meditational deities will be enshrined in the Baker Woodland behind the Carlos Museum, where they will naturally disintigrate over time. 

Mummies and Mixers
October 27, 7-9pm

Third Floor

Join the Carlos Museum and Julian Goglia (of The Mercury, The Pinewood Tippling Room, and Proof Cocktail Syrups) for the liveliest event this side of the pyramids! Get ready to taste two hair-raising specialty cocktails, sample delicious bites from Atlanta's favorite caterers, and show off your most bewitching costume at the event everyone's howling about. "Stake" the date and check out for more details!


Family Album Member Preview 

September 1, 7 - 9 pm
Reception Hall, Level Three

Members are invited to preview this special exhibition. Light refreshments will be provided. 


Art and Aperitifs
May 19, 6- 8pm

Private Residence
Young Associates and Carlos Museum members at the Curators' Council and above levels are invited to enjoy wine and a curator's tour of a distinguished private collection at the home of Lucinda Bunnen, featuring her distinguished and extensive collections of photography, works by local Atlanta artists, and Bunnen's own artwork. Space is limited and RSVP is required by calling 404.727.2623 or emailing  Address and directions will be provided at the time of RSVP. 


Member Appreciation Day: Sand Mandalas
March 26, 10am - 12 noon

Reception Hall, Level Three
View the sand mandala of the Green Tara created by Tibetan monks, speak with the monks, and take a guided tour of the Tibetan Shrine. Using Tibetan chak-purs and colored sand, create your own temporary sand mandala. RSVP for a timeslot by calling 404-727-2635 or online at