Crypt of Civilization Atlanta GA

Located on the campus of Oglethorpe University in Atlanta GA, the Crypt of Civilization waits to be opened – in 6,000 years! It was envisioned by campus president, Dr. Thornwell Jacobs, and was sealed on May 28, 1940. It is not to be opened until May 28th in the year 8113! It contains many different items from the mid-20th century, including seed samples, the contents of a woman’s purse, classic works of literature and more.

Come with us as learn a little more about this time capsule and its contents!

Fun Facts About the Crypt of Civilization in Atlanta GA

  • 1 The crypt is 20 feet long, 10 feet wide and is protected by Appalachian granite. The stone roof is 7 feet thick!
  • 2 The crypt is located in Phoebe Hearst Memorial Hall on the campus of Oglethrope University.
  • 3 In addition to the voice recording of historical figures like Adolph Hitler and Franklin D. Roosevelt, there is also a recording of a champion hog caller.
  • 4 Dr. Jacobs wrote a note addressing those who will open the crypt in 8113 saying, “The world is engaged in burying our civilization forever, and here in this crypt we leave it to you.”
  • 5 In 1990, on the 50th anniversary of the sealing of the crypt, the International Time Capsule Society was formed at Oglethorpe University.

Visit the Crypt of Civilization in Atlanta GA

4484 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30319

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