Middle Georgians have plenty of options when it comes to exploring the fine arts locally. Visual art of all media can be found within a short drive, and the performing arts abound for old and young alike, and every age in between as well.
Theater Macon: 438 Cherry St., Macon. 746-9485. www.theatremacon.com. Box office hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, beginning the Monday prior to the opening of a show, and also open one hour prior to each performance. Unless otherwise noted, individual tickets to Theatre Macon mainstage productions are $20 general admission, $18 seniors and $15 students. Theatre Macon produces six major productions each year in its regular season and at least one major summer show. The Youth Actors Company produces three productions each year; auditions are open to youth ages 12-18. YAC show ticket prices are $18 adults and $12 students.
Macon Little Theatre: 4220 Forsyth Road, Macon. 471-PLAY or 477-3342. maconlittletheatre.org. Box office hours: 1-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Wednesday-Saturday shows start at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees start at 2:30 p.m. $18 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students. The Macon Little Theatre presents several stage art and musical hits starring area residents.
Cox Capitol Theatre: 382 Second St., Macon. 257-6391. www.coxcapitoltheatre.com. Admission prices vary by event. The Cox Capitol Theatre operates as a movie house and live entertainment venue.
The Grand Opera House: 651 Mulberry St., Macon. 301-5470. www.thegrandmacon.com. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Admission prices vary by event. The Grand brings live, professional performing arts and entertainment to its stage through the Broadway Series of nationally touring productions as well as a variety of special events throughout the year and the GrandKids Arts Education Series.
Douglass Theatre: 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Macon. 742-2000. www.douglasstheatre.org. 10 a.m-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays. Admission prices vary by event. The historic Douglass Theatre provides multicultural events and films as well as educational performances for area school children.
The Gallery at Macon Arts Alliance: 486 First St., Macon. 743-6940. www.maconartsalliance.org. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, 5-8 p.m. First Fridays each month. Free. The gallery exhibits and sells work by local artists working in pottery, painting, jewelry, photography, sculpture, fabric arts and more.
Middle Georgia Art Association: 2330 Ingleside Ave., Macon. 744-9557. www.middlegeorgiaart.org. Noon-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and noon-3 p.m. Saturdays. Free. MGAA hosts exhibits featuring art in a variety of media produced by local artists as well as a Holiday Artists Market, the Winter Arts Festival and the Mulberry Street Festival.
Museum of Arts and Sciences: 4182 Forsyth Road, Macon. 477-3232. www.masmacon.org. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. The museum features art and science exhibitions, the Mark Smith Planetarium and observatory, a mini-zoo, the Discovery House with interactive exhibits, nature trails and more.
The 567 Center for Renewal: 533 Cherry St., Macon. 238-6051. www.the567.org. Each First Friday, the 567 holds an art opening for the new exhibit from 6-9 p.m. In addition to First Fridays, the gallery is also open by appointment. The 567 hosts monthly exhibits by artists from Middle Georgia and the Southeast.
JDs Drama & Dinner Theater: 550 Riverside Drive, Macon. 738-3114. jdsdramatheater.com. $40 per person or $75 per couple. Once a month, JDs has a dinner theater featuring a five-course meal.
Tubman African American Museum: 340 Walnut St., Macon. 743-8544. www.tubmanmuseum.com. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. Non-members: $8 adults, $6 senior citizens, $5 military and college students with ID, $4 children ages 3-17, free for children under 2. The museum features exhibits of African-American art, history and culture.
Georgia Sports Hall of Fame: 301 Cherry St., Macon. 752-1585. www.gshf.org. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. $8 ages 17 and older, $6 seniors, college and military with ID, $3.50 children under 16. The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame features exhibits covering the history of sports in a hall of fame that honors more than 300 inductees.
Cannonball House: 856 Mulberry St., Macon. 745-5982. www.cannonballhouse.org. Built in 1853 of Greek Revival architecture, the Cannonball House sustained damage during the Civil War and contains period furnishings and a Civil War military collection.
The Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House: 2321 Vineville Ave., Macon. 741-5551. thebighousemuseum.com. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays. $8 adults, $6 seniors and military, $4 children ages 3-10. The museum showcases guitars, other musical instruments, clothing and memorabilia belonging to the Allman Brothers Band.
Hay House: 934 Georgia Ave., Macon. 742-8155. www.georgiatrust.org/historic_sites/hayhouse. This mansion built in the mid-1800s was fashioned after the mansions of Florence and Rome.
Sidney Lanier Cottage Museum: 935 High St., Macon. 743-3851. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, last tour at 3:30 p.m. www.historicmacon.org/sidney-lanier-cottage/visit. $5 adults, walk-in; $4 seniors, military with ID, AAA members, and organized groups of 10 or more with a reservation; $3 youth ages 6-18; $2 per student for organized K-12 school visits with a reservation; free for members of Historic Macon Foundation. The Sidney Lanier Cottage House Museum is the birthplace of poet, musician and soldier Sidney Lanier.
Warner Robins Little Theatre: 502 South Pleasant Hill Road, Warner Robins. 929-4579. www.wrlt.org. All showtimes: 8 p.m. evening shows or 2:30 p.m. matinees. $15 general admission, $12 students, seniors and military, $10 each in groups of 10 or more. The Warner Robins Little Theatre performs five plays per season.
The Perry Players: 909 Main St., Perry. 987-5354. www.perryplayers.org. Reservations taken 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Saturday before a show. $15 adults, $12 seniors and military, $10 students and children. The Perry Players offer community theater and cultural activities.
Museum of Aviation: Ga. 247 at Russell Parkway, Warner Robins. 923-6600. www.museumofaviation.org. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Free. On display are more than 90 aircraft and exhibits focusing on aviation history as well as the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame.
Monroe County Arts Alliance: 54 North Jackson St., Forsyth. (478) 994-8668. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays.
The Backlot Players at The Rose Theater: 23 West Johnston St., Forsyth. (478) 994-0443. thebacklotplayers.tripod.com. Box office hours: 4-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday during the week of a show and two hours prior to show. $15 adults, $12 senior adults and students. Backlot Players present community theater in a historic venue.
The Anderson House Museum and Welcome Center: Fort Valley University, corner of University Drive and Wright Street, Fort Valley. (478) 825-6445. past.fvsu.edu/about/anderson-house. 8-11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Free. FVSUs oldest building houses the Biggs collection, featuring period furnishings, housewares and Civil War memorabilia dating from about 1860 to 1900.
Middle Georgia Folk Pottery Museum: Old Crawford County Courthouse, Knoxville. The museum focuses on the pottery unique to Crawford County and its historical importance to the area.
Museum of Southeastern Indians: 779 Julia Jordan Road, Roberta. (478) 836-2696. The museum features a collection of items from the American Indians who lived in the Southeast.
Old Jail Museum: 100 Commerce Place, Roberta. (770) 358-5884. The law enforcement archives of Crawford County are housed in the Old Jail Museum.