Permanent Features

Fossil Floors

Watch where you step… you are walking on fossils! The floors of Fernbank Museum are made of 40,000 limestone tiles, each containing fossil remains of animals that lived in a shallow reef more than 150 million years ago.
Learn more.

The Naturalist Center

The Naturalist Center features four public programming rooms used for a variety of educational offerings including crafts, games, animal encounters and more. Visit our calendar of events for a schedule of offerings. The Naturalist Center also features Fernbank's Curator's Corner, a special gallery features rotating displays highlighting items from Fernbank's permanent collection.

The Star Gallery

Explore the nighttime sky in this unique gallery of 542 twinkling stars and discover a variety of constellations, from Orion to the Big Dipper.
Learn more.

Fernbank Forest

A hidden gem among the hustle of Atlanta, Fernbank Forest is a 65-acre undisturbed, mature mixed hardwood forest.
Learn more.

Rose Garden

The Robert L Staton roses now have a new home at the Georgia Governor’s Mansion. 

Rain Garden

Learn how Fernbank Museum works to conserve fresh water by redirecting parking lot runoff into a garden of native plant species.
Learn more

Terrace  Overlook

Glimpse into the past at Fernbank's Terrace Overlook, a young woodland that has reclaimed former gardens. Observe the natural beauty of a forest ecosystem and become inspired by its ever-changing appearance. Learn more about the birds and animals found here from informational graphic panels along the railing. Enjoy a taste of nature from the Museum's terrace. To experience more of this woodland area, please check the Museum's events calendar for upcoming Nature Walks with Museum ecologists.

Stegosaurus on the Terrace

Stegosaurus is one of the most recognized dinosaurs due to the distinctive spikes and bony plates along its back. Fernbank's Stegosaurus was crafted by Jonas Studios and is a replica of the model that made its debut at the 1964-65 World's Fair. Stegosaurus and other life-sized models (including Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops) made quite a scene as they were floated down the Hudson River on their way to the fairgrounds in New York City.

Georgia Wildlife

Get an-up close—and safe--look at some of Georgia's most iconic animals, including a black bear, a hawk and an armadillo.  These high-quality displays are located on the Entry and Upper levels and are part of the Museum's permanent collection.

Deepdene Park

Part of the Olmsted Linear Parks, Deepdene Park is located approximately 1 mile from the Museum on Ponce de Leon Avenue. This wooded tract features a stream winding through its 22 acres and a topography that ranges from steep slopes to a flat meadow. Free self-guided tours are available in Deepdene Park.

Dellwood Park

Part of the Olmsted Linear Parks, Dellwood Park, located directly across Ponce de Leon Avenue from the Museum's campus,  is named for the natural depression at its eastern end—a dell. It is a continuation of the pastoral style—open space with scattered groups of trees. It is graced with some particularly fine large trees. Free self-guided tours are available in Dellwood Park.