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Dahlonega Gold Museum hosting special Leap Day event
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The Dahlonega Gold Museum - Photo courtesy Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

The Dahlonega Gold Museum will be leaping back into history on Leap Day to explore to ancient cultures known for their use of gold.

On Feb. 29, the museum will explore Ancient Egyptian history through “The Gold in Tutankhamen’s Tomb” including his solid gold coffin at 1:30 p.m. Following at 3 p.m., the museum will dive into Aztec history at 3 p.m. with “Montezuma’s Treasure.”

Activity stations will be set up to provide hands-on learning where visitors will be able to use hieroglyphics to create their own cartouches, build a sundial and construct a pyramid. The event will be open from noon to 4 p.m.

Museum admission is $8.50 plus tax for adults, $8 plus tax for seniors and $6 plus tax for students. Children six and under are free.

The Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site is housed inside the 1836 Lumpkin County Courthouse, one of the oldest courthouse buildings in Georgia and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors can also explore the courthouse features, including beautiful wooden chapel seats from 1889 where an educational film is shown. Exhibits on the second floor are not wheelchair accessible, but the feature film is available to be viewed on the first floor.