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Atlanta — By Apryl Chapman Thomas on May 19, 2010 at 11:29 pm
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Something for Everyone at Fernbank Museum of Natural History

fernbankcaptkodakThere are museums, and then there are museums. Fernbank Museum of Natural History (map) definitely falls into the second category. As the largest natural science museum in the Southeast, Fernbank is home to a number of awe-inspiring, mouth-dropping exhibits.

“There’s a lot of  neat things at the museum for people to do and see,” comment Brandi Berry, director of public relations. “It’s just not a place for families, but for everyone.”

And Berry’s statement couldn’t be more truer. From dinosaurs to martinis, anyone  can find a reason or two to visit Fernbank.

Is your interest piqued yet? Here’s a quick preview of a few of the museum’s permanent exhibits.

  • The museum is home to the Giants of the Mesozoic exhibit. On display is the massive Giganotosaurus and the equally massive Argentinosaurus, and if that isn’t enough, you’ll also see numerous Pterodaustros and a few Anhangueras.
  • The Walk Through Time Georgia exhibit takes you through the different fernbankmuseumofnaturalhistorycarolinahornig regions of the state. “People discover just how beautiful the state is,” she comments. “The exhibit itself is hard to explain, but you are rewarded with information and history about the state. Many don’t realize how diverse really is.”
  • Reflections of Culture explores the ways that different cultures from around the world express themselves with clothes, jewelry, piercings and more. Here, you can also view the Dorothy Methvin McClatchey Collection, a personal collection donated to the museum. It includes such items as a neck collar and headdress.

And don’t forget about The Star Gallery, which according to Berry is the exact representation of the stars seen in the sky. View a rare Dugout Canoe, or enjoy the many, many roses found at The Robert L. Staton Rose Garden.

Plan enough time during your visit to catch a film at the IMAX theater. It is highly recommended to purchase your tickets in advance, since some showings do sell out quickly.

Happening on Fridays during January through November is IMAX and Martinis. Relax, listen to music, enjoy drinks and food, and catch a movie.

Then there’s this summer.

“We have a lot going on this summer,” says Berry.

DeSoto’s Footsteps exhibit opens on May 22. It highlights never-before-seen artifacts discovered during an archaeological dig.

“This was started about five years ago, and it has really turned up some interesting items.”

On May 28, Geckos – Tails to Toepads arrives at Fernbank. This traveling exhibit introduces you to 20 live species. According the Berry, it includes a large variety from brightly colored geckos to geckos that can camouflaged themselves into the scenery.

The Fernbank Museum of Natural History is open Monday –Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 5 p.m. Martinis and IMAX is every Friday, January – November from 6:30 – 11 p.m.

Prices: Admission to the museum is $15/adults, $14/students and seniors (ages 62 and older), $13/children ages 3-12, and free/children 2 and under. IMAX tickets are $13/adults, $12/seniors, $11/children ages 3-12 and free/children 2 and under. For Martinis and IMAX, $13/adults, $12/students and seniors and a cover charge of $7 for those not going to the IMAX presentation. Opened to guests 21 years and older.

photo credit: (top left) Fernbank Gallery, flickr, creative commons by Capt Kodak; (middle right) Fernbank Museum of Natural History, flickr, creative commons by Carolina Hornig

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