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Fernbank Museum of Natural History

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Address: 767 Clifton Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30307-1221
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+1 404-929-6300
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

At Fernbank Museum of Natural History, visitors explore world cultures,...

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 Giant Screen films. Fernbank also includes experiences in the great outdoors with WildWoods and Fernbank Forest, which combine for 75 acres of nature trails, outdoor exhibits and more. 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 After hours for the monthly 21+ series, Fernbank After Dark, featuring hands-on science encounters, full museum access for adults only, craft beers and cocktails, live music and Giant Screen 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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No zombies, but even without the horde the brains exhibit is worth a visit. Plenty to touch, read and hear. Of course a walk through Georgia history is always a nice stroll. The... read more

Reviewed July 31, 2015
Smyrna, GA
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Smyrna, GA
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Reviewed July 31, 2015 via mobile

No zombies, but even without the horde the brains exhibit is worth a visit. Plenty to touch, read and hear. Of course a walk through Georgia history is always a nice stroll. The IMAX films were both great. We viewed Robots and Jean-Michael Cousteau's Secret Ocean. Both fine films. A great time and while you're at it visit the science... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed July 31, 2015

I have seen much more impressive natural history museums around the country including the one in my city. The exhibits were smaller and more cookie cutter than anything.

Thank BeethovensLady
Lee's Summit, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed July 31, 2015 via mobile

When I read the reviews of this place I was kind of afraid to go, but we were pleased with our day at the Fernbank. I had the kids ages 2, 4, and 7. The big hit was nature quest, which is a nature experience for children. It was very neat and educational. We really enjoyed the other exhibits as... More 

Thank travelin_mom28
Brevard, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 30, 2015

AMAZING, interesting and educational. A must see if you are in Atlanta! The dinosaur exhibits were awesome. Really enjoyed the history of the local area, as well. The whole museum is outstanding!

Thank Meda M
Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed July 28, 2015

It was my first time to this museum with a 6yo, 4yo and 1yo in tow. We love museums! But this one was a huge disappointment. When you enter into the Great Hall, you are incredibly impressed by the huge dinosaur replicas. It's all downhill after that. Basically there are two big exhibits (the special exhibition and the walk through... More 

Thank lizdemar
Little Rock, Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed July 27, 2015

It was an ok place to visit our children really enjoyed the nature quest room fun fir the whole family

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Gainesville, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed July 26, 2015

The museum exhibits were ok, but it lacked the hands-on, interactive exhibits of a world-class museum. There are several large dinosaur skeletons, including a stegosaurus and gigantosaurus, that are quite impressive. The walk through time exhibit is a little too static - there is a lot of read, but it would help to have more things to touch. The museum... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
Reviewed July 25, 2015

We approached the desk to enter with our ASTC Passport science museum and were told the museum was no longer part of ASTC. The agent interacted in a condescending manner and referred us to the "free" museum down the road. Beautiful site--disappointed with the staff interaction.

Thank regiontravelreturns
Winter Haven, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed July 22, 2015

A GREAT place for kids. Very interactive. Not too large. The dinosaur bones were amazing. A lot of the interactive areas were great for adults as well. Not crowded.

Thank Teresa B
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed July 21, 2015

Took the family there for a look at the exhibits. Had a blast. Gotta say that the outside could use some work. The gardens are run down and the outdoor deck is pretty damaged

Thank Michael T

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