Atlanta's largest museum sits on 140 forested acres just east of downtown. The Great Hall soars 86 feet (26 meters) to a ... More
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Atlanta's largest museum sits on 140 forested acres just east of downtown. The Great Hall soars 86 feet (26 meters) to a rooftop skylight and gives way to a labyrinth of halls devoted to the miracle of nature. A 315-seat IMAX theater showcases the world's most dramatic films on its five-story screen, while a comprehensive planetarium makes the heavens easily accessible. Be sure to visit on Fridays for Martinis and IMAX, a trendy cocktail hour followed by a film.
Suggest that you don't eat in the Cafe fast food downstairs. The people work in the Cafe doesn’t care the customers at all. They sold a cup of pink lemonade, but just water and some pink color without even telling us. They noticed that we took the incorrect Salad for the package, but charged us without informing us.
If you would like to eat there, be extra cautious what they serve you.
1. The security guard, Brian Fleming, came in to the Geko exibit and yelled at us saying the exibit was closed. Yelled at us to the extent that it scared my little girl!!!!!! There was no closed signs or ropes up, the doors were open and there was numerous people in the room. Just ask everyone to exit the room if there is a problem, next time. (Most volunteers on the staff were very nice.)
2. The hands on activitys were okay. At least the ones that were not broken.
3. I about tripped twice due to the carpet coming up in the OPEN exibit rooms.
It is nice to visit a local facility and not have to wait in lines. The facility is well kept, moderately priced and eager for those willing to learn. The hands on functions on the "upper level" were the highlight of the day. Old or young you will learn something while visiting this facility. THUMBS UP!
Fernbank is very popular with my family, and has been for years. The hands on discovery rooms are a great destination for young children on rainy afternoons, and a great chance to meet other area parents. The main exibit, A Walk Through Time in Georgia, is popular with all of my children(3,5&6). The ancient seas gallery is always a big hit as is the giant ground sloth. While Fernbank isn't enormous it is sizable enough to spend a leisurely afternoon- plus with little kids more than two hours anywhere is pushing the limits! This is defintely a location where purchasing a membership is worthwhile. The temporary exhibits are really great, and the child and family friendly additions are always fun. There is always an activity and a take home for drop in on weekends, as well as some really fun 'family days' like Bugs Bats and Bones- at Halloween our family favorite- when the museum throws a 'party' complete with face painting, costumes and live animals! I have nothing bad to say about this place, I only hope that soon they will get more sponsors and donors to keep up with that darn aquarium!
Fernbank is great for older children. There are other places to take younger children. However, young kids always love the Dinosaur exibits. Weekends are the best time to visit Fernbank. Also, a great place to take a child doing a project. They get a little more hands on learning.
The entire museum was filled with so called "artifacts" It was all recreated to be what it would look like back in the era you were looking at. There was nothing there that was a real artifact. The best part of the museum was the hands on and most of that stuff was broken... Would not recommend for the 12.50 it takes to get in.
Great place, had children 9 and 6 with us, and they loved the 2 play/hands on areas for kids. Didn't think we'd be able to get them out of there. The staff was great explaining things to us and the kids. As a whole the building was clean and well maintained. Very easy to get around and very open. I would recomnd it to anyone with an afternoon free.
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