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Welcome to the Macon arts scene

The Big House Museum in Macon, GA. Photo from Wikipedia Commons.
The Big House Museum in Macon, GA. Photo from Wikipedia Commons.

For Mercer’s newcomers, the city of Macon has plenty to discover, especially from an artistic standpoint. Read on to find how you can get in on the scene.


Macon has a storied history in the world of music, with bragging rights as an influential home to music legends like Otis Redding, Little Richard and The Allman Brothers Band. With such a legacy, it’s easy to find the musical roots of Macon.

  • Go downtown and have dinner at one of the many restaurants that have live music, like Parish on Cherry and sometimes The Rookery.

  • Go to one of the performances of the Grand Opera House’s Concert Series, like “Live and Let Die” on Nov. 18 that serves as a tribute to Paul McCartney.

  • Pay a visit to the Big House-- the home-turned-museum of the Allman Brothers on Vineville Avenue.


Visual art also has a strong presence in downtown Macon.

  • In downtown, the Macon Arts Alliance is home to an art gallery that hosts the work of over 200 artists, local and regional.

  • The Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences also has beautiful galleries (and a planetarium!). Entry is $7 with a student ID.

  • Pay a visit to the Tubman Museum, home of African-American art and culture. The museum also has a massive mural that “travels through time exploring the feats of African Americans from past to present,” according to their site.


If you’re in the mood for a play or musical, several Macon venues have big fall seasons forthcoming.

  • The stunning Grand Opera House will be home to some traveling Broadway productions, including “Spamalot” and “Evita”.

  • The Macon Little Theatre on Forsyth Road will put on productions of “The Mousetrap” and “She Loves Me”.

  • In downtown Macon, catch a show of Disney’s “Mary Poppins” or “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” at Theatre Macon.


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