Fernbank Museum of Natural History, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is one of the most popular and iconic cultural attractions in Atlanta. Home to the world’s largest dinosaurs, Atlanta’s biggest IMAX® screen and one of the largest assemblages of urban Piedmont forest in the United States, Fernbank brings science to life through immersive programming and unmatched experiences that encourage a greater appreciation of our planet and its inhabitants. Fernbank continues its 76-year environmental legacy to protect Fernbank Forest while fulfilling an educational mission to inspire life-long learning of natural history
Fernbank Museum’s mission is to inspire life-long learning of natural history through immersive programming and unmatched experiences to encourage a greater appreciation of our planet and its inhabitants.
Fernbank Museum is committed to green practices and has been since its founding in 1942 to preserve Fernbank Forest as a school in the woods for nature studies.
Fernbank Museum officially opened its doors in October 1992, but the history of the Museum begins much earlier.
Fernbank's network of support creates incredible opportunities for the Museum to expand its outstanding programming and success. As a private 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Fernbank Museum relies on generous donations from visitors like you!
Do you have a question about something you saw during a visit to the Museum? Or do you need help identifying a rock, insect, snake or tree? Let a Fernbank Museum scientist help you find the answer! Call Ask a Scientist at 404.929.6300, extension 607, or send your question to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fernbank's fossil floors aren't the only place you may recognize the shape of an ammonite. Inspired by ammonite and conch Nautilus shells, the Museum's logo features a spiral, a pattern commonly observed in nature. Seen in the double helix of the DNA molecule, a fingerprint, the swirl of a hurricane and the prehistoric shape of an ammonite, these spirals symbolize growth and open-ended learning.
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