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“Martini and IMAX” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Fernbank Museum of Natural History
767 Clifton Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
404 929 6300
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Owner description: At Fernbank Museum of Natural History, visitors explore world cultures, nature, live animals, the prehistoric Earth, and hands-on science through dynamic exhibitions, programs and IMAX® films. Come face to face with the world’s largest dinosaurs, explore the development of life on Earth through Georgia's modern landscapes, connect with cultures from around the world, and engage in learning through a variety of hands-on programs, including live animal encounters, family programming days, Weekends in the Naturalist Center, summer camps and more. Children can't get enough of the immersive 7,000-square-foot children’s exhibition “Fernbank NatureQuest,” where they journey through ecosystems filled with hands-on discovery, learning and exploration, while adults can't wait to return on Friday nights for Martinis & IMAX where they take in an incredible atmosphere, music, dancing, dinner, drinks and IMAX films.The Museum also offers several special exhibitions throughout the year, and correlates field trips to education standards for schools seeking a memorable learning adventure!
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“Martini and IMAX”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

My husband and I enjoyed a Friday date night at the Fernbank Museum. I take the kids to this museum often so an adult after hours experience with cocktails was most enjoyable. We arrived early and found that others had done the same. There were small groups of visitors also gathered in the lobby offering conversation. Downstairs there were indoor and outdoor tables, four cash bars, food, live music and space for dancing. And yes there were many couples dancing beneath the dinos! The atmosphere beneath the massive dinosaur exhibit was enchanting amongst the music, chattering crowd, cocktails, and laughter. We enjoyed a tasty appetizer and cocktail before headeding upstairs to enjoy an IMAX film, Mt. Everest, which was spectacular! The atmosphere was unique with a chic and mature crowd. The food and cocktails were tasty but average. The forty minute film was exceptional. The service was great. Overall, it was a great way to kick off our night as we followed it with dinner in Buckhead and dessert in downtown Atlanta. This experience is highly recommended for couples who appreciate a more sophisticated or cultural nightlife experience. It's also great for gatherings after work or girlfriends looking to do something different. It was a relaxing end to the week. The event is flexible in that you may arrive at any time between 6:30-11:00. You have the option of attending the cocktail gathering only or adding a movie. You also have an option of movie times and discounts for museum members. Check the website for more info and advanced ticket purchases.

Visited May 2013
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Carrollton, Texas
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“Salsa Social”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Once a month there is a dance social after hours here, really! Salsa dancing under a huge dinosaur skeleton! The museum itself is a gorgeous building in a very out-of-the-way part of town. If following your GPS you will be quite sure it can't be right as your turn past one residential street after another. Then voila! You have reached a magnificent structure in a very modest neighborhood. There are very good displays on multiple levels but truthfully, I came here for the dancing. There is a quite a large and avid group of salsa dancers here in Atanta. If you are an addict, like me, then time your visit to coincide with this special once a month night. Yeah, I know, this review probably isn't what you expected of a museum. It was quite a surprise for me too!

Visited April 2013
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“Ghenghis Khan Exhibition”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

The museum inside is very modern. The natural history path is well set out. Recommended. We went for the special exhibition of Ghenghis Khan which was good but disappointing on the lack of physical exhibits. We saw an Imax film too which is recommended if there is a suitable one. But it does add up the cost.

Visited January 2013
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Lithia Springs, Georgia
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“Son LOVES this place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

My son has raved about the Fernbank since going on a school field trip. For an 8 year old, it's heaven!

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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“A beautiful space”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

The Fernbank Museum of Natural History is a small natural museum on three floors. It is nicely organized around a large central atrium with replicas of a T. rex and a few other dinosaur skeletons (flying dinosaurs like the pterodactyl and a large plant eater). The first floor was exhibiting "Extreme Mammals" when we visited. This exhibit demonstrated what some of the extreme characteristics were. We learned many interesting facts, such as the fact that many prehistoric mammals had unusual horns and antlers on their heads, some were swimmers (like whales and dolphins), and some extreme mammals are alive today. The platypus, for instance, is such a strange creature that it is a mammal without nipples: the mammary glands secrete all over the body, and the young lick the milk from the mother's "skin folds." The middle floor has the entrance and an Imax theater, and the top floor has exhibits about Georgian natural life and evolution. These exhibits are modest and do not compare with large field museums in Washington D.C., Chicago, or New York. Nonetheless, the information presented is fascinating and accurate, and the exhibits are beautiful. There is also a children's indoor play area on the top floor, geared toward ages 8 and under. The best thing about this area, for adults, are the baby alligators in the terrarium near the entrance. There are dioramas throughout the museum of wildlife around the state. The grounds are landscaped exquisitely. We were visiting from Indiana and used a reciprocal science museum membership for this museum.

Visited April 2013
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