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. Each fall the Museum hosts Bacchanal, a riotous cocktail party in homage to ancient festivals of Bacchus, god of wine.

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


Saturday, November 7, 2015
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Saturday, February 20, 2016
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Friday, April 17, 2015

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Saturday, September 20, 2014


September is SWAPtember!
September 1 - September 30
Carlos Museum members receive up to $10 off a membership purchase and/or discounted admission at other cultural institutions and attractions in the Atlanta area throughout the month. Simply present your membership card at any of the participating attractions to receive a membership discount. Members of other attractions will receive a $10 membership discount at the Carlos Museum on any level of membership and $2 off admission. 

Art and Aperitifs
September 11, 6- 8pm

Private Residence
Young Associates and Carlos Museum members at the Curators' Council and above levels are invited to enjoy cocktails and a curator's tour of a distinguished private collection at the home of Baxter and Jiong Jones, featuring works of art by Joan Miro, Salvador Dali, and Roy Lichtenstein. 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. 

Indigenous Beauty Member Preview
October 8, 7- 9 pm

Reception Hall, Level Three
Members are invited to preview this special exhibition. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP online at or by phone 404-727-2635 by October 1. 

Mummies & Mixers
October 29, 7- 9 pm

Reception Hall, Level Three
Join the Carlos Museum for movie snacks and mixology with Decatur's Pinewood Tippling Room. Docents will be in the galleries giving fun facts about our mummy collection and Abbott & Costello's Meet the Mummy will be playing in the Reception Hall. RSVP by calling 404-727-2635 or online at


Champagne Toast before Nix Mann Lecture
Sunday, January 25, 3:00 PM
Reception Hall, Level Three
Young Associates and Doric and above members are invited to a champagne toast with Dr. Kara Cooney, professor of Egyptian art and architecture at UCLA. Cooney will give the annual Nix Mann Endowed Lecture in conjunction with the publication of her new book, The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt. RSVP for the champagne toast by calling 404.727.2623 or emailing Read more about Cooney and her new book at

African Cosmos: Stellar Arts Member Preview
Thursday, January 29, 7:00 PM
Reception Hall, Level Three
Members are invited to preview the special exhibition African Cosmos: Stellar Arts on Thursday, January 29 from 7-9 PM. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP online at or by phone 404-727-2635 by January 22. Read more about the exhibition here
African Cosmos: Stellar Arts Brunch & Curator Tour for Council & Partner Members
Saturday, February 7, 10:00 AM

Reception Hall, Level Three

Council and Partner Members are invited to a special champagne brunch and curator-led tour with our very own curator of African art, Dr. Amanda Hellman. RSVP online at or by phone
404-727-2623 by January 22. 

Member Appreciation Day 
Saturday, February 28, 10:00 AM-5 PM

We love our members! We are offering the Dogon Cloud Catchers workshop with blacksmith Jason Smith FREE to members. Registration is required by calling 404-727-0519. Members can also enjoy hot chocolate and sweets in the Tate Room throughout the day.