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Special Exhibitions

Now on View

Mammoths and Mastodons

On view June 17 – Aug. 27, 2017

Explore the world of mammoths and mastodons through fossils, artifacts, engaging interactives, immersive media, and the story of the most complete and best preserved baby mammoth ever found. Explore their habitats, their neighbors, and their human hunters. Investigate current theories about their DNA and extinction, and journey with scientists who continue to study their living cousins—elephants.

Presented in conjunction with the giant screen film, Titans of the Ice Age. See them both with a Value Pass!

Fernbank Forest: Designed by Nature

On view August 5 – November 12, 2017

Explore the biodiversity and beauty of Fernbank Forest as captured through a series of more than 50 full-color photographs by award-winning National Geographic photographer, Peter Essick.

Coming Soon

Wild Huts and Hollows

A WildWoods Nature Gallery Exhibit

On view September 9 – February 11, 2018

Explore a variety of woven sculptures, constructed of locally-harvested invasive vines by mixed media artist, J.D. Koth. This special exhibit will feature archways and huts of various sizes, designed to spark the imagination and curiosity of both kids and adults. Visitors will be invited to explore many of the woven sculptures inside and out, which also present unique photos opportunities.


Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum

On view September 30 – January 7, 2018

From the seats of the world’s most iconic stage, discover the story behind one of Rome’s most brutal and celebrated traditions in this new special exhibit. Building on the larger-than-life legends of gladiators, the exhibit explores the world these men inhabited, from the regiment of training, discipline and constant peril to the fame, wealth and freedom that greeted the very best gladiators.

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

On view November 17 – January 7, 2018

Enjoy a season of celebrations during Fernbank’s 8th annual Winter Wonderland: Celebrations & Traditions Around the World. This holiday-inspired exhibition features trees and other displays decorated by local cultural partners that recognize celebrations including Christmas and Hanukkah, as well as traditions and practices like origami, indigenous art and national symbols.

All dates and titles subject to change. 

Mammoths and Mastodons photo by John Weinstein © 2009 The Field Museum.