Fernbank Museum

Fernbank Museum is an alluring destination that provides fun and excitement for adults and children alike. It is located just east of Midtown near Emory University. It sits at the corner of Ponce de Leon Avenue and Clifton Road and is easily accessible via the MARTA trains. The vast complex was opened in 1992 and its mission is to engender a heightened awareness and appreciation of the planet and the people on it. As such the Fernbank Museum of Natural History takes a deep dive into the development and progression of our earth over the course of millions of years.

The permanent Fernbank Museum exhibitions run the gamut from the impressive Giants of the Mesozoic to the engaging Reflections of Culture. There are a nice variety of temporary exhibitions throughout the year as well and be sure not to forget about the Fernbank Museum IMAX Theater. It is one of the major draws at a museum that is known for its excellent collections, and is just one of many fine museums in Atlanta.

The most popular permanent exhibit at the Fernbank Museum has to be the Giants of the Mesozoic. This exhibit resides in the museum’s Great Hall. No other facility would do, as the prehistoric monsters prowling this room would simply not fit anywhere else. You will see the Argentinosaurus (the largest classified dinosaur in history) as well as the intimidating Giganotosaurus and the remains and skeletons of many others. This is one section of the Fernbank Museum of Natural History that you will not want to miss. The kids are sure to find this particular part of the museum especially fun and engaging.

Reflections of Culture is another interesting permanent exhibit at the Fernbank Museum. You will see how people from various cultures from around the globe have sought to express and protect themselves through the clothing, jewelry, and other adornments that they wear. See an early watch bracelet from Ghana or an ancient Indonesian wedding headdress. The idea is that you can learn a lot about a culture and what their lives are like from examining their clothing and the things they picked for themselves to represent their lives.

If you have children, Sensing Nature is an exhibit at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History is definitely one of the best things to do in town. There are a number of interactive stations where kids will learn by safely experimenting with lasers, water, mirrors, acoustics, and more. This engaging, fun, and interactive way of learning will be sure to have a deep impression on the kids. It is a lot of fun for adults and children alike.

After you have checked out all of the exhibits that you are interested in seeing, you will want to stay around for a movie on the Fernbank Museum IMAX. Screenings change throughout the year and a ticket comes along with the price of admission to the museum. The Fernbank Museum IMAX is five stories high and 72 feet wide.

The Museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from Noon to 5 p.m. There is also a gift store and a fun IMAX and Martini’s theme night on Friday’s. Tickets are not terribly expensive considering that a trip to the Fernbank Museum is an all-day trip and a fun affair.

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