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Tellus Science Museum

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Address: 100 Tellus Drive, Cartersville, GA 30120
Phone Number: +1 770-606-5700
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Tellus is a 120,000 square foot science museum located in Cartersville,...

Tellus is a 120,000 square foot science museum located in Cartersville, just north of Atlanta. Tellus Science Museum is a Smithsonian Institute Affiliate Museum, which houses four major galleries - Weinman Mineral Gallery, Fossil Gallery, Science in Motion Gallery, and My Big Back Yard. In addition, the museum includes a fossil dig and gem panning hands-on experience, a planetarium, and an observatory.

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Can't say I was overwhelmed, but in general it was a very interesting museum. Stunning collection of gems and minerals (if you're into "rocks"). Otherwise a mildly interesting... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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The Villages, Florida
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109 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Can't say I was overwhelmed, but in general it was a very interesting museum. Stunning collection of gems and minerals (if you're into "rocks"). Otherwise a mildly interesting diverse collection of seemingly unrelated categories -- dinosaurs (most of which were castings of the real thing) and transportation, from antique cars and motorcycles to space capsules. Great place to take kids.... More 

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TellusMarketing, Public Relations Manager at Tellus Science Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for 4 dots and taking the time to visit Tellus! If there is something we can do to improve from a 4 dot rating to 5, please don't hesitate to contact the museum and let us know what we can do better. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The kids had a nice time. They primarily enjoyed the hands on areas. Digging for fossils seemed to be the favorite.

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TellusMarketing, Public Relations Manager at Tellus Science Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for a great review! We'd love to be able to earn the 5th dot. If you can think of something that would have improved your experience, please don't hesitate to let us know! More 

Canton, Georgia
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21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The science part of this museum is on the sky with a planetarium, observatory, and meeting rooms. But also displayed are a large variety of minerals and rocks from around the world, some skeletons of prehistoric animals, model railroad, and some older utility vehicles. Why the variety of stuff I don't know. An area has been set aside for children... More 

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TellusMarketing, Public Relations Manager at Tellus Science Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, yorkva! Please let us know what we can do better to earn the 5th dot! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful Museum for young and old - for all ages. Plan on spending at least 4 hours minimum. There so many different exhibits to look at. Space, airplanes, motorcycles, cars, rocks, place to pan for gold etc. Dinasaur and much more. Worth every penny spent.

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TellusMarketing, Public Relations Manager at Tellus Science Museum, responded to this review

Woohoo! Thank you for the perfect rating! We hope you'll be back often! More 

Ellijay, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is very nice and well kept. My kids love going here to see the dinosaur exhibits and search for bones/relics in the sand. We've also viewed some of the planetarium shows and they're always very engaging. Well worth the money.

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TellusMarketing, Public Relations Manager at Tellus Science Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the 5 dot review! We have a great new children's exhibit called Spin that just opened. Come check it out! More 

Woodstock
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

WORTH THE DRIVE and better than the Fernbank Museum!! Pleasantly surpised,and I wish I didn't wait so long to visit this place. I plan to visit again soon for some of the outdoor/telescope events. Can't rush thru this place. Take lots of pictures and take in one of the planetarium shows!

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TellusMarketing, Public Relations Manager at Tellus Science Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for such a great 5 dot review! We can't wait to see you often! More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While the Tellus Museum is not particularly large, it makes up for its diminutive size with quality collections. Its mineral and fossil exhibits in particular put Fernbank, Atlanta's natural history museum, to shame. Cartersville is in the heart of mining country. Mines in the area produced iron ore, manganese, ochre, barite, bauxite, among other richer (including gold, but not as... More 

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TellusMarketing, Public Relations Manager at Tellus Science Museum, responded to this review

What a great 5 dot review! Thank you for taking the time to explain in detail your favorite parts of the museum. Sounds like you really know your minerals and the geology of Georgia! We hope you'll stop in again soon. More 

atlanta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I combined this visit with the Booth Museum and Etowah Mounds (ancient Creek Indians) in Cartersville, Ga. I need to note that I did NOT simply stop because I was on I-75! I made a deliberate trip from Atlanta and back. The mineralogy, astronomy, geology and paleontolgy--excellent and extensive dinosaur skeletons and casts make this head and shoulders better than... More 

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TellusMarketing, Public Relations Manager at Tellus Science Museum, responded to this review

Sounds like you planned a fantastic trip to Cartersville! Thank you so much for the fantastic 5 dot review! We hope you'll be back often - keep watch on our website for all the exciting events and exhibits we have coming this year. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

A modest eclectic collection, with something to interest most audiences. Certainly a popular destination for school groups. Might be a bit lightweight for hardcore Smithsonian fans, but well worth checking out for an afternoon's diversion. If geology is your passion, the original Weinman Mineral Museum content is retained in its own gallery containing some really impressive specimens, including a very... More 

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TellusMarketing, Public Relations Manager at Tellus Science Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the 4 dot review! We are the only science museum in the state to become a Smithsonian Affiliate museum and have featured some special exhibits from the Smithsonian. Please let us know what we can do to improve from a 4 dot to a 5 dot facility. More 

Suwanee, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

I finally took a ride up to Cartersville to see the Tellus. I was very impressed! Smaller museum, but very well done and cared for. I was not surprised to find out it was a Smithsonian Affiliate.

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TellusMarketing, Public Relations Manager at Tellus Science Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking time to visit with us! We are pleased you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon. BTW, noticed your screen name is Whovian and thought you might be interested in an event we hold in August called Night at the Museum where we bring science and science fiction characters into the... More 

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