Museum Musings

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

Go Inside Out at this Saturday at Fernbank

Join us Saturday, June 6 for a chance to learn more about Disney * Pixar’s new film Inside Out, presented as part of the Brain: The Inside Story Opening Day Celebration.

Learn about a variety of emotions including joy, anger, sadness and fear through hands-on activities. Then tour the special exhibition Brain: The Inside Story for even more insight into the inner workings of the most complex and fascinating biological structure—the human brain.

Guests at the Opening Day Celebration will also have a chance to win Inside Out prizes and screening tickets! 

Activities will be available 10am – 2pm. All activities are subject to change and prizes are available while supplies last.

—Deanna Smith, Director of Marketing

Disney * Pixar’s Inside Out opens nationwide June 19. 

Written by Fernbank Museum at 15:55

Celebrating All-Star Teachers

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, Fernbank Museum would like to take this opportunity to recognize the outstanding teachers we had the privilege of working with this year.Thank youfor all the hard work you do and for making Fernbank Museum a part of your curriculum! Becky -web

As a teacher, you play a key role in the achievements and success of each student who steps through your door. Teachers are required to be knowledgeable, enthusiastic, patient and caring. (Although sometimes one quality more than the others!) Finding these attributes wrapped into one individual is a rare gem.

It’s a pleasure to see students immersed in a special exhibit at the museum. It’s great to hear them gasp at something during an IMAX® film. Though the nicest part is watching a great teacher engage the students—connecting the content to what they’re studying in class, asking questions, and furthering the students’ curiosities and interests. You are such an integral part of these children’s lives, and we want to thank you for the incredible work you do.

We hope to see you again in the 2015-2016 school year.

—Becky Facer, Education Program Manager—Environmental Programs

You might also like: Fernbank Field Trips, Educator Corner


Written by Fernbank Museum at 09:24
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!