Museum Musings

Holiday Hours

Need a creative way to work off some of that turkey and stuffing? What about keeping the kids and out-of-town guests busy (and out of your house)? Fernbank Museum has the answer!

The Museum will be closed Thanksgiving Day, but will be open during normal business hours the rest of the holiday weekend. We are serving up a feast of opportunities to keep you entertained all weekend long! Here are a few highlights:

  • Kick off the holiday season with Fernbank’s 6th annual Winter Wonderland. This holiday-inspired exhibition features trees and other displays decorated by local cultural partners.
  • Enjoy a variety of holiday-themed activities during Fernbank’s Winter Wonderland Celebration Days series (Saturdays through Dec. 19). Highlights include live performances, ornament-making crafts, visits by Santa-saurus and more. 
  • Discover the mystery behind one of history’s most elusive figures in Searching for the Queen of Sheba, and explore a stunning collection highlighting the work of award-winning photojournalists in National Geographic’s Women of Vision.
  • Catch a flick on the biggest screen in town, Fernbank’s IMAX® Theatre. Current films are Jerusalem and Wonders of the Arctic.
  • Get a head start on holiday shopping in Fernbank’s Museum Stores. Gift tickets and flexible-use gift certificates are available for purchase. Members and volunteers save an additional 10% off during the Museum Store’s Holiday Discount Days, December 5 and 6. Not a member? JOIN TODAY.

Happy Holidays from Fernbank Museum!

Written by Fernbank Museum at 11:47

Winter Wonderland Casting Call

Casting Call! 

We are looking for a few families (single parent/two parents with 1-3 children ages 4-9) to participate in a television commercial shoot on Friday, November 20, 2015 from 1:30pm to 5pm. The TV shoot will take place at the Museum and will focus on the new Winter Wonderland exhibition. Some photos may also be taken for marketing use. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, and all participants must sign a photo release waiver. No guarantees can be made for screen time, but we will do our best to include as many participants as possible. There will be no speaking parts; participants will be featured as “extras” in b-roll footage showcasing families engaging with the exhibition.

During the shoot, participants will be asked to enjoy the Winter Wonderland trees together, taking direction on specific actions (smiling, walking, pointing, talking, etc.) from the production crew. Participants that are here for the entire shoot and adhere to all the specifications will receive 4 passes to the Museum and 4 passes to an IMAX film so they can come back and enjoy Fernbank at their leisure. No further compensation or cash will be provided.

1. All participants must arrive at the Museum between 1:15pm-1:30pm. We will not be able to stop production for early arrivals or latecomers. 
2. All participants (children and adults alike) must be comfortable in front of cameras and not be shy. 
3. Parent(s)/guardian(s) must remain onsite with child during shoot and be willing to be on camera with the child/children.
4. Participants should wear clothing that adheres to the following:

  • Avoid small/tight/thin textures and patterns.
  • Avoid graphics tees and visibly branded attire (i.e. Nike, Coca-Cola, etc.).
  • Avoid solid white or neon colors.
  • Have clothes already pressed and free of stains.
  • Wear fall/winter clothing (no shorts, sandals or warm-weather looks).
  • Bring a few ‘wintry’ accessories (coat, sweater, scarves, gloves, etc.).
  • Have make-up/hair already fixed 

Interested individuals should send their full name, contact info, total number of children, number of adults, children’s ages and a photo (if available) to with PHOTO SHOOT in the subject.

Space is limited! We will ONLY contact those individuals selected to participate and space will likely fill up quickly. No phone calls, please. If you are selected, you will receive a confirmation email by 3pm on Thursday, November 19 with further details. Only those that receive a confirmation email will be admitted to the shoot.

Thank you,

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Written by Fernbank Museum at 09:38

Family Fun at Fernbank Museum

Make the most of the dog days of summer with a variety of hands-on, minds-on activities at Fernbank. Here’s this weekend’s lineup of programs:

Saturday, August 29

Tadpole Tales
11:30am, Naturalist Center
Preschoolers will enjoy a story and a special activity, led by a Fernbank educator. This month’s story A Log’s Life by Wendy Pfeffer.

Excellent Experiments
1pm, Naturalist Center
Explore the amazing world of chemistry through fun experiments in a live presentation.

Live Animal Encounter
3pm, Naturalist Center
Get up close and personal with a member of Fernbank’s live animal collection.

Sunday, August 30

Tadpole Tales
1:30pm, Naturalist Center
Preschoolers will enjoy a story and a special activity, led by a Fernbank educator. This month’s story is A Log’s Life by Wendy Pfeffer.

Live Animal Encounter
3pm, Naturalist Center
Get up close and personal with a member of Fernbank’s live animal collection.

Looking for a more outdoorsy family adventure? Fernbank Forest Geology Tour, Sunday, August 30 from 10am – noon. Learn more about forest geology with a Museum scientist during this guided tour. Suitable for ages 8 and up. Advance reservations required.

All activities are included with Museum admission and are free for members. Subject is subject to change, so check the “Today at Fernbank” sign in the lobby when you arrive. 

We'll see you this weekend! 

—Deanna Smith, Director of Marketing 

Written by Fernbank Museum at 16:02

Hip, Hip, Hooray for Fernbank’s Giant Dinosaurs

August 25, 2015 marks the 14th anniversary of the grand opening of Giants of the Mesozoic. Inspired not only by presenting history, but also with making history, from January 2000 through August 2001, Fernbank Museum pieced together—drawing by drawing, then bone by bone—this permanent exhibition featuring the world’s largest dinosaurs. 

Take a look back at the planning, building and unveiling of this ground-breaking exhibition.

Fast Facts about Giants of the Mesozoic:

  • Construction on Argentinosaurus was briefly halted on March 1, 2001 for President George W. Bush to hold a tax-plan rally at Museum.
  • Fernbank Museum was the first museum in the world to erect a fully-mounted skeleton of Argentinosaurus.
  • During the dedication of Giants of the Mesozoic, a time capsule was placed in the rockwork base beneath Argentinosaurus. It contains items related to the exhibition, including early conceptual, a copy of the WSB-TV documentary Land of the Giants and a collection of media coverage documenting the worldwide attention Fernbank received as a result of the exhibition.
  • The first Dinosaur Birthday Bash, offered in celebration of the one-year anniversary of Giants of the Mesozoic, was held August 24-25, 2002. The event has been offered every year in August since then and has become one of the Museum’s most popular family activity days. 
  • Professor Rodolfo Coria, the paleontologist who excavated and researched Argentinosaurus (and Giganotosaurus) had not seen a fully-mounted skeleton until the construction at Fernbank was completed. When asked how it felt to see the completed project, he responded “Like seeing an old friend, whose face you haven’t seen in a long, long time.

Do you have a Giants of the Mesozoic memory or photo to share? Send it to or post on our Facebook page.

—Deanna Smith, Director of Marketing 

Written by Fernbank Museum at 10:00

Top Five Ways to Enjoy Your Membership

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On the fence about buying a Fernbank Museum membership? Here are five excellent ways to make the most out of your membership:

5. Have lunch in The Fernbank Café. Members save 10%

4. Treat yourself or buy a gift in the Museum Store. Members save 10%

3. Host a prehistoric birthday party. Members receive discounts on birthday party packages. Members receive discounts on birthday party packages.

2. See a film on the biggest screen in town. Members pay just $8 for IMAX® tickets.

1. Enjoy unlimited Museum admission, including family adventure days. Members always free. 

Bonus! Become a member today and take advantage of free admission to 5 special exhibitions during your 12-month membership, including: Searching for the Queen of Sheba (opens Sept. 26), Women of Vision (opens Sept. 26), Winter Wonderland (opens Nov. 21), Wild Music (opens Feb 2016), and Creatures of Light (opens March 2016).

Family memberships start at $120. We can help you choose the level that’s right for you. Contact us at 404.929.6340 or  

I hope to see you at the Museum soon!

—Allison Trice, Director of Member and Volunteer Services 

Written by Fernbank Museum at 12:56
Welcome to the official blog of Fernbank Museum of Natural History. This blog is an opportunity for the people that keep Fernbank running and constantly expanding, to share stories from their point of view. We hope you’ll enjoy these first-hand, behind-the-scenes glimpses of what goes into keeping a world-class natural history museum running. As always, we’d love to hear your feedback on these stories, to hear your personal experiences and hear any suggestions for topics. Happy reading!