Fernbank Museum of Natural History


Member Rating 3 out of 5 by DAB JJB on April 21, 2003

We didn't even get to the IMAX Theater -- there was so much else to see. When the Great Hall was designed, it was meant to one day be the home of a large-scale permanent dinosaur exhibition, and in 2000, Fernbank became the only place in the world to see a complete mounted skeleton of an Argentinosaurus, the largest dinosaur ever found. The dramatic permanent exhibit Giants of the Mesozoic features the 90-foot-long plant-eater as it defends its nest of eggs against the 45-foot-long Giganotosaurus, the largest meat-eater ever classified. Hovering above in the 86-foot-tall Great Hall are two flying pterosaurs. Dinosaurs just don't get any bigger than this, and it's a little hair-raising to walk into the hall and see these beasts towering over the insignificant humans.

Look closely at the museum floors; embedded there are ancient fossil remains from the late Jurassic period.

There are several other permanent exhibitions, including A Walk Through Time in Georgia which tells the story of the earth's development through time and the chronology of life upon it. Eighteen galleries re-create landform regions from the rolling pine-forested foothills of the Piedmont Plateau to the mossy Okefenokee Swamp, from the Cumberland Plateau (where you can walk through a typical "limestone cavern") to the marshy Coast and Barrier Islands. Exhibits are enhanced by creative films and videos, informational audiophones, interactive computers and sound effects. Visitors travel back 15 billion years--to experience the origins of the universe (the Big Bang) and the formation of galaxies and solar systems.

The "Sensing Nature" exhibit tantalizes each of your senses with hands-on opportunities that explore how we experience the natural world. The room bristles with computers, colored lights, and mirrors, and you can step into a life-size kaleidoscope, play with perspective, gaze into infinity, see physical evidence of sound waves, and mix colors on a computer.

Lunch was very pleasant in the restaurant with arched windows overlooking Fernbank Forest where we enjoyed live piano music. There is also outdoor patio seating for warmer days.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History
767 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, Georgia, 30307
+1 404.929.6300; +1

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