Fernbank Science Center

Fernbank Science Center, Atlanta: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Fernbank Science Center Reviews: 4/5

Fernbank Science Center
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Science Museums • Observatories & Planetariums
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Welcome to Fernbank Science Center, where science becomes an adventure! Visit today and experience the wonders of the universe at the Jim Cherry Memorial Planetarium or go star gazing at the Ralph Buice Jr. Observatory. General admission to the Fernbank Science Center exhibit hall is free. The exhibit hall features live animals, space exhibits including the authentic Apollo 6 space capsule and numerous other displays which deal with a large array of scientific concepts. Tickets to planetarium shows are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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travice7
Louisville, KY11 contributions
They were CLOSED...
Oct 2020 • Family
Don’t trust the hours posted here. Went on a Thursday at 12:30 and they were closed. No signs posted.
Also, if you have been to other Science Centers this one looks really small.
Written October 8, 2020
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Jenny B
Atlanta, GA3 contributions
Check out a Planetarium Show!
Nov 2019
Went to all the planetarium shows last year it was amazing! I enjoyed the star show and the huge screens. I advise if you can make it to go on a day where there's a show. The exhibits of animals are cool and the beehive is very nice. Fern bank never fails to disappoint! It's free to enter but the shows cost some money I feel like only 5 dollars.
Written October 2, 2020
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Khrystopher1113
Seven Valleys, PA44 contributions
City Pass Bonus!
Jan 2020 • Family
Truly enjoyed this museum.
Wasn’t sure what to expect but it didn’t disappoint. Doesn’t take too much time to get through, really just depends on your interest level.
Had to give a four star rating because when we went to the cafeteria, everything I ordered, they didn’t have. So there’s that...
Written September 7, 2020
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DawnousAtl
Atlanta, Ga307 contributions
Loved this Place For Years
Oct 2019
We have loved this place for years and years. Its quaint and dated and fascinating. A family favorite. It was a much better experience before the Fernbank Natural History Museum illegally stole access to the woods from the people of the county to whom the woods were left. Their educational arm is also very good, giving in-depth access to terrific science programs.
Written September 7, 2020
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Bannatyne
Venice, FL187 contributions
Kid Heaven
Mar 2020
There is a one star review from January and I absolutely don't understand why. This is a full day of fun if you have kids along. So much to do. The Imax movies are always great. The live science show is a kid favorite and this place is packed with hands on areas. Adults will find a real array of exhibits to see and read. A must see!
Written April 30, 2020
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JoB
Atlanta, GA25 contributions
Amazing wonder
Mar 2020
We were thinking of different things to do on a Friday night and this popped up. It has been 20 years since we saw a show at the Planetarium. This is a great, inexpensive and educational opportunity. We saw the Auroras show. What a wonder.
it was finally a clear night, so got to go out and look through the amazing telescope.
Highly recommend
Written March 9, 2020
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BTravel
Georgia7 contributions
Disappointed
Jan 2020 • Friends
I haven’t visited in a couple of years, but yesterday’s experience was disappointing. One major exhibit was closed, others not very interesting. Not worth the price.
Written January 12, 2020
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Jessica B
Atlanta, GA19 contributions
Unexpected Fun
Nov 2019
I was actually pleasantly surprised about this place. The imax theater was fun and informative, and there was a cute cafe to grab a bite while taking a walking break. Also, I heard they host salsa nights here once a month so I am looking forward to checking that out!
Written December 30, 2019
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Conny Wylie
Ottawa, Canada280 contributions
Fernbank Science Center - A Scientific Adventureland
Dec 2019
The Fernbank Science Center, located in the Druid Hills neighbourhood of Atlanta near the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, is a complex embracing a museum, classroom type experiences and a woodland area. It is a mile away from its complimentary neighbour, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. In spite of its phenomenal displays and exhibits, its primary raison d'être is to enhance the scientific literacy of the elementary, secondary, post secondary and adult population of Georgians, a noble goal indeed.

The architecture of the Fernbank Science Centre is engulfed by a stacked square- stoned wall surround, encompassing an elevated prism-like structure that essentially raises the roof for the expansive observatory telescope.

The mantra of the Fernbank Science Center is 'Where Science Becomes An Adventure' and collectively the ingredients of the center do just that, through its collection of animals, planetarium, observatory, rose garden, 65 acre Fernbank Forest, displays which deal with a whole array of scientific concepts from soup to nuts and more.

The highlights of my visit to the centre include:

OBSERVATORY: this is a really big telescope making it exceptional for space, star gazing and practicing your astronomer skills...this is a wonder viewer,
LIVE ANIMALS: oh my gosh...snakes, spiders....what else...a poison dart frog that doesn't play darts....and more. The section with honey bee's was captivating as the busy, little, worker critters made me feel so unproductive and they sure love their queen,
PLANETARIUM: 70' in diameter, I was treated to an amazing stargazing show. Some pretty strong technology here in the form of a projection system (technically way over my head) to be able to pull off such a riveting solar experience... like I was up there mingling and holding hands with the stars.
APOLLO 6 CAPSULE: the actual Apollo 6 Command Module launched from the Kennedy Space Center in 1968. It looked like a big yellow Easter Egg and it was intriguing to witness the archaic technology that governed this unmanned space ship to its ultimate destination....quite amazing, as the instrumentation seemed somewhat simple for the complexity of the task at hand.
Fernbank Forest: an urban oasis, this 65 acre forested, outdoor adventure land highlights the natural world through immense trails, hands-on nature-bound activities and beautiful scenery. Tarzan would find these surroundings suitable for his jungle antics...and so do the younger visitors.

A unique feature of the Science centre is its utilization as an integral part of its instructional offerings. Collections here directly assist instructors explain scientific concepts to their classes. This is a phenomenal service provided to the counties school systems........kudos.

So, if you are interested in expanding your appreciation and knowledge of scientific concepts exposed in an adventurous and enlightening manner....then try the .........
......Fernbank Science center......A Scientific Adventureland.
Written December 12, 2019
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Mi Chelle S
133 contributions
Weekend trip to Atlanta
Nov 2019 • Solo
The Natural History Museum was very nice, very informative and I definitely enjoy the IMAX panda showing that they offered. This would be a good choice for young children
Written November 20, 2019
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Fernbank Science Center is open:
  • Mon - Wed 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Thu - Fri 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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