Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta

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#7 of 22 in Museums in Atlanta
Fernbank Museum of Natural History is an award-winning center of science, education, and entertainment. The museum's prehistoric exhibit stretches from the Dinosaur Plaza in front of the building to the recreated Mesozoic scene that features Argentinosaurus, the largest known dinosaur. You can explore the natural history of Georgia and other places and familiarize yourself with different human cultures from all over the world. Kids are especially encouraged to take part in interactive, fun, and educational programs. At the museum's IMAX theater, you can watch documentaries on a 22 m (72 ft) wide screen. Tickets include access to the permanent collection and ongoing special exhibits, and you can purchase them online. IMAX movies cost more. Fernbank Museum of Natural History is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Atlanta Edition.
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  • The Fernbank is a quaint little museum that has a lot of interesting exhibits. Our children love the fossil dinosaurs and the interactive section upstairs. It is science based and often has talks or p...  more »
  • Directions to the museum on their website are wrong (see screenshot). There is no bus number 2 from Decatur. It leaves from East Lake. This error caused us an hour delay until we figured this out thro...  more »
  • We went here and spent about 5 hours including a lunch break and a 40 minute movie they offer. It was a decent size museum, we are used to very large ones. My kids are 5 and 6 years old, the majority ...  more »
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  • Excellent place to visit with kids. Their 4D and 2D movies are excellent and thought provoking. Great outdoor walking place a long with indoor treasures for all ages. I would highly recommend anyone with children to visit this place. The elderly man and the young girl who works at the theater are very friendly and take their time to explain the things to everyone. Keep them there forever.
  • Stunning place. Filled with nature's lost and alive at the same place. Able to feed the fanatics of dinosaurs in a pleasant way. More importantly you can learn so much more about the animals featured it mesmerizing. Go to the children's museum and experience the sound vessel so interesting you will be surprised. It's a lot to take in. However with you and your partner or family you will have a memorable day in this museum. Visit the shop as well. They have many things that might interest you. Most importantly it's a day well spent.
  • I would give this spot six stars if I could! This is my go - to afternoon activity with my son, especially when it’s cold out. Although, their new outdoor adventure space has proven a favorite too. We also love recommending this spot for Weddings via Chancey Charm
  • Our family visited Fernbank Museum of Natural History and loved every minute of it. We arrived when it opened to find free parking and left when it was getting ready to close. We had 4 adults and 2 kids ages 4 and 7. We started with the atrium where the dinosaur skeletons are and went outside for the walk. There were 2 areas to play one recommend for 9-13 year olds, but our 7 year old loved it. The other was perfect for our 4 year old. We sat outside to eat lunch that we brought in a backpack. There are plenty of restrooms. We never had to look for one. The story time for little children was very entertaining. Once inside, we did the discovery are upstairs and the walk through GA history, history if shells and then the 3-D movie about predators. We stopped and sat outside for a snack and the went back in to let the kids play at the Nature Outpost. The museum was wonderful. We thoroughly enjoyed our day at Fernbank.
  • This is a very well constructed museum with truly something for everyone. It hosts traveling exhibits from around the world as well as high quality permanent ones. This museum is also great for all ages. I went with my parents and my daughters, aged 7 and 4, and noone got bored. The dinosaur fossils are a major draw, but implementing them as one part of an historic trek through time focusing on the land that became Georgia was brilliant and gave the exhibits much more meaning. From miles of nature trails to a giant screen theater to awesome adult exhibits to a really fun kids nature tree house to explore (that made me wish I was 7 again), this place is a great place to explore. Oh, and parking is free right next to the museum, less than a 5 minute walk.
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