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  • Join Special Collections Library staff each Tuesday at 2 P.M. for a tour of the exhibit galleries of the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies.

A Day at UGA

Before you visit, check the UGA Master Calendar to see what events are happening on campus the day of your visit. Or call the Visitors Center at 706-542-0842 and ask our student staff for additional suggestions. Please visit Google Maps for the locations of various campus parking options, places of interest, and campus dining facilities.

When you visit UGA, plan to explore on your own before or after the tour. Here are some suggestions on what to see and do on your day at UGA!

Downtown Athens

Just across Broad Street from the Arch and north campus you will find what many consider one of the great college town environments in the nation. There are more than 65 shops, more than 95 restaurants, nightspots and music venues.

Founders Garden

Explore the Founders Garden on north campus. This 2.5 acre garden, a tribute to the nation's first garden club, is a quiet oasis of natural beauty and history just steps away from the Arch and downtown Athens. Many a marriage proposal has been offered in the Founders Garden.

Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall

For sports fans, visit Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall for a look back at great moments in UGA sports history. While you're there, stop by the ticket office to see if there are any sporting events you could take in during your visit.

Ramsey Student Center for Physical Activities

Walk through the Ramsey Student Center for Physical Activities. This is the home to UGA's Recreational Sports programs and is one of the largest recreational and fitness facilities in the nation. Leave your car at the Visitors Center because it's just a short walk over to the Ramsey Center.

UGA Bookstore

Located in the heart of campus next to the Tate Student Center, the UGA Bookstore has a lot more than textbooks. Pay-by-the-hour parking is available in the Tate Center parking deck.

The State Botanical Garden

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is a public educational facility operated under the auspices of the University of Georgia. It is a "living laboratory" for university students and faculty who utilize the collections and natural plant communities for studies in a variety of disciplines. The Garden is also a public garden for enjoyment by the general public who find beauty, knowledge and solitude in a garden setting. The Garden is located approximately three miles south of the University campus.

Georgia Museum of Art

The newly expanded and remodeled Georgia Museum of Art, on the campus of the University of Georgia, in Athens, is both an academic museum and, since 1982, the official art museum of the state of Georgia. The permanent collection consists of American paintings, primarily 19th- and 20th-century; American, European and Asian works on paper; the Samuel H. Kress Study Collection of Italian Renaissance paintings; and growing collections of southern decorative arts and Asian art.  New galleries display the permanent collection, and visitors enjoy an outdoor sculpture garden and expanded lobby.

Special Collections Library

The first special collections department at the University of Georgia was established in 1953. Now, the Richard B. Russell Jr. Special Collections Libraries Building - a 115,000 square foot structure located on the northwest side of campus - houses the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, including University Archives, the Richard B. Russell Jr. Library for Political Research and Studies, and the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection. All three departments work together to document the history and culture of Georgia as a state and as it relates to our nation and the world. Each of the distinct exhibit spaces highlights specific collections within that department, with space for rotating displays and special exhibits. The exhibit spaces are open to the public during business hours.