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“Fun Stop while in Atlanta”

Fernbank Museum of Natural History
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US$82.68*
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Atlanta CityPASS
Ranked #48 of 302 things to do in Atlanta
Certificate of Excellence
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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!
Useful Information: Activities for young children
Reviewed 13 July 2014 via mobile

The huge dinosaur in the lobby was impressive. We enjoyed the IMAX film and thought the whale exhibit was pretty cool. The kids found the room with seashells interesting. The cafe is small but had some nice offerings. The top floor has a wonderful play and explore area for the little ones. Visit the gift shop to find some unique items. TIP...buy a citypass...it will save you money when visiting multiple attractions.

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Reviewed 6 July 2014

We were really disappointed with fernbank. Its very child oriented. The GA through time was very outdated and looked old and run down in most points of the walkthrough. The whale exhibit they have was the best thing there. I think that was because it was a new/temporary exhibit. The greeter was very nice. She informed us what was going on in the museum. The "live reptiles" consisted of 3 baby alligators, a snake, tiny turtle, and some salamanders. Disappointing. The interactive exhibit would have been cooler if there weren't kids disregarding any kind of line or order. I blame the parents. Overall, as six 25+ adults, it kinda sucked. We were really disappointed. I think it may be ok for kids but even that's pushing it.

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FernbankAtlanta, Public Relations Manager at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2014

Thank you for your response regarding your recent visit. As you noted, we have a lot of families who frequent the museum, so we strive to make our programming fun for all ages. We have a great children's exhibition, which may be one of the areas you felt were too young. We are working on some technology updates as well, which will bring some of the other exhibitions you noted alive in new ways! We know some adult visitors prefer to attend the museum when there are fewer youngsters. In that case, you may want to come back for Martinis & IMAX, which takes place on Friday nights and is for adults only. We offer admission to our temporary exhibition (when applicable), have live music, serve food and drinks, and extend our IMAX hours through the evening. Of course, we'll keep your comments in mind as we move forward with future updates and hope you'll visit us again in the near future.

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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.

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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.

Thank mamashuz
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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.

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