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“Great time a the Fernbank Museum of Natural History!”

Fernbank Museum of Natural History
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$82.68*
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Atlanta CityPASS
Ranked #48 of 302 things to do in Atlanta
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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 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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Reviewed March 18, 2013

Got to go to this attraction while visiting Atlanta and using the Atlanta City Pass.
Overall, this museum is very nice. The architecture of it is absolutely beautiful!

The exhibits were interesting and dinosaurs exposed in the central floor of the museum were the main attraction. I also really like the optical illusion room, there are a lot of different great activities.

The imax movie was also really nice (and included with the Atlanta City Pass). Nice museum, would definitely return!

2  Thank Ela S
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

We are members even though we live about 2 hours away. We enjoy the hands-on science exhibit where kids could make bubbles, learn about sounds & weather, etc. The "Walk Through Time in Georgia" is filled with life-size animals. The shell exhibit on the ground floor can be romantic. My son loves the dinasours though. We saw the Genghis Khan exhibit in December. It was fascinating.

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Reviewed March 18, 2013

Visited with 9/11 year olds and 2 adults. Even the adults learned new things about mammals and I thought we knew alot. Got to touch animals in a "meet the animals" classroom.

Cafe wasn't bad, reasonably priced ($7.50 for sandwiches, $6 for kids meal of pizza or sandwich ).

Science exhibits - some weren't working. I know it's hard to keep up with things that people touch, turn, light bulbs etc but if you have to explain multiple times that something isn't working, it becomes less fun. We also spent time in the kids' area which was really great. The older one was technically too old but he still had a good time and I would strongly recommend it for those 4-10.

Beautiful building, they were setting up for a private night time event.

2  Thank Margaret M
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Reviewed March 4, 2013

My son loved seeing the dinosaurs! It was interesting to look at all the cool stuff! There was also lots of kids activities going on when we were there, which my son enjoyed also!!

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Reviewed March 2, 2013

Considering the size (and price!) of this museum there is surprisingly little to see. The dinosaur skeleton replicas in the atrium are probably the main attraction. The little "natural history" exhibit on the second floor is not bad, but done in half an hour; much less interesting than the exhibits e.g. the Anniston museum of Natural History (which costs about 1/2 the price). Many exhibits are old and look it an half of the hands-on stuff is not working. The Anniston museum or McWane Center in Birmingham are both much better. It took my 10 year old son and I less than an hour to go through everything. The DJ playing loud music in the atrium also added a lot of annoying noise to what could at least have been a serene experience. Save your money; not worth the visit.

2  Thank dokness
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