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Fernbank Science Center, Atlanta

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#3 of 9 in Childrens Museums in Georgia
The Fernbank Science Center is a museum, classroom, and woodland complex located in Atlanta. It is owned and operated by the DeKalb County School System, which announced in May 2012 it was considering closing the facility to cut its annual budget, then quickly shelved the plan after public outcry. The nearby Fernbank Museum of Natural History is a private non-profit organization that is separate from the Science Center.OverviewThe Fernbank Science Center opened in December 1967, and is an educational facility and an integral part of the DeKalb County School System. It provides programs for the science education of local students, pre-K-12. Both its planetarium and observatory are open for public shows on specific occasions.The mission of the Science Center is to provide and promote an understanding of science and technology and to communicate to its visitors the harmony and order of the natural world. Fernbank contains many materials for instruction, including dinosaur skeletons, rocks and minerals, a collection of tektites, an Aeronautics Education Laboratory and an electron microscope lab. The center also has an authentic Apollo spacecraft from the unmanned Apollo 6 Saturn V test flight, and is home to a planetarium with a 70ft-diameter projection dome.Jim Cherry Memorial PlanetariumThe Jim Cherry Memorial Planetarium is a 500-seat celestial theater in the round, equipped with a 70ft, a Mark V Zeiss star projector, and over 100 special effects projectors. The planetarium, which was built in the 1967's is the largest planetarium within the state of Georgia and one of the largest in the U.S. It was also the first planetarium to be owned and operated by a public school system in the United States of America.
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  • October 2, 2017
    Went to the northern lights show. Excellent star show for 20 minutes prior to main event narrated by a Vs Tech astronomer PhD student. showed what the ATL might would look like with no light pollution...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    Love the fernbank and they keep getting better and better. We have been members for years because it's a great educational place to go when the weather is less then optimal. The IMAX is great as well ...  more »
  • September 7, 2017
    Truly a unique experience. First class museum that is in a beautiful setting, although it needs more parking for evening activities.  more »
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  • July 3, 2017
    Someone needs to teach.... The paid employees are obviously not respected by their employer because from the front counter, the science stations (manned by teenagers) to the cafe personnel not a single smile, thank you or courtesy comment. The employees are responding to either the lack of guidance by management or the fact that management does not appreciate their efforts: in either case it is not the face that Fernbank should be offering. The ONLY smiles and Happy comments came from the ticket taking volunteers: they were exceptionally friendly, offering suggestions and directions without having to inquiry. One final point, ordering tickets on line does not benefit the customer. Tickets purchased on line state they can be picked up at Will Call: there is no Will Call. Ticket-holders that purchased on line must stand in the same line as the people that have not yet purchased tickets. This does not save any time at the counter. My grandsons and I truly enjoyed the exhibits. The layout is very friendly: a second elevator would be nice for all the people pushing strollers. We will return: it is hoped that management does take a serious step to show appreciation for their paid employees then maybe they will :)
  • June 23, 2017
    A very respectable place! Lots of scientific displays including the Apollo 6 Command Module. The museum is free and the planetarium is extremely cheap! Only $7 for adults and $3 for children, although they didn't even charge me for my son. The show is well worth viewing and the staff is very polite and informational. I'd recommend it to anyone.
  • June 2, 2017
    Drove all the way from Macon, GA. Arrived at 8:13pm for the observation at 9pm. Only to be told they will be no showing due to weather. There was no rain and little clouds. Ask of we can watch the show that just started and was told we couldn't, cause they didn't won't to disturb the astronomers. I'm very upset, and will not refer my family n friends. We drove an 1hr and 40 mins to do nothing. Staff not willing to assist, with the showing.
  • July 4, 2017
    Nice place to go. Not too much to see but its clean and everyone is nice.
  • April 4, 2017
    Amazing planetarium and home to one of the largest telescopes owned by a public school system. Musuem is definitely geared towards young guests, but it's great to see a place dedicated to science for kids to explore with hands-on exhibits.

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