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“Kids loved the Fernbank museum!”

Fernbank Museum of Natural History
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Small Group Tour to Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Ranked #29 of 286 things to do in Atlanta
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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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Birmingham, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Kids loved the Fernbank museum!”
Reviewed 5 July 2014

The only downside of this museum is its price. It was over $70 for two adults and two children. We spent several hours here, though, so I suppose it was worth the cost. The museum is located in a nice area, not far from downtown Atlanta. We enjoyed the drive. The atrium is impressive with huge dinosaur skeletons. The exhibit about Georgia's history was enjoyed by everyone. There were kids of all ages (and plenty of adults) exploring the hands-on exhibits on the third floor. The Nature Quest area was full of smaller children, but there is plenty of space for everyone to roam and discover its various sections. My kids liked the "treehouse" with the rope bridges and the "cave" sections best. The museum had a special event going on during our visit and it was pretty busy, but it didn't seem overcrowded.
The food at the cafe isn't that great. The portions are small and the set up is kind of weird--you have to walk into a small room to order. We did enjoy taking our food out on the patio next to the stegosaurus statue.
We would consider a membership here if it were closer to home...they currently do not participate in the ASTC reciprocal membership program, although the Fernbank Science Center does.

Visited June 2014
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Boynton Beach, Florida
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“Cool Whale exhibit”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

Had a really interesting whale exhibit, only downfall no photos allowed, and there were no postcards to buy in shop with whale stuff. Really neat skeletons and stuff about whales and whale riders in New Zeland. They also had a neat exhibit upstairs about the senses and optical illusions that my kids found exciting. We saw the Imax movie about Lemurs and that was a treat, really fun to watch. Recommend this place for kids over 7. Waste of time for younger kids and just annoy people who are really trying to enjoy the museum with screaming kids whose parents seemed more interested in texting than keeping their kids in line. Other than those few TEXTERS the place was great. Good place for a hot day to explore and stay cool.

Visited June 2014
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Cullman, Alabama
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“Close to downtown Atlanta (and the Fox Theater)”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

Another rainy day option is less than 10 miles out Ponce de Leon toward Decatur. This museum of natural history has multiple exhibits of interest to children of all ages. There is an IMAX theater and if timed right, you can take in a double feature.

Visited August 2013
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Midlothian, Virginia
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Reviewed 1 July 2014 via mobile

The museum was nice but it should have been cheaper to get in. Great place for young kids. We saw one of the movies with the kids. They enjoyed it.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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“Spent all day there and not enough”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

We went visit with our 8 and 11 years old, so much to see and touch and experience. NatureQuest on the third floor allows little kids climbing up and down to let go some energy while parents can take a break. Not only the kids love it, adults enjoyed it thoroughly. We did the IMAX as well. Don't miss it if you visit Atlanta or the area.

Visited April 2014
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