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Fernbank Museum Announces Year-at-a-Glance for Upcoming 2018 Programs and Events

Highlights Include Traveling Exhibits, Immersive Giant Screen Movies and New Family Discovery Days

ATLANTA, December 21, 2017 – Fernbank Museum of Natural History will offer an extensive programming lineup throughout 2018, featuring fascinating temporary exhibits, immersive Giant Screen movies, a range of family Discovery Days and much more. Each new feature is intended to broaden Fernbank's reach within the community via unique experiences that serve to inspire and engage Atlantans with a variety of topics.


Highlights: Major themes of the exhibit are the skin, digestive tract, and reproduction. In one interactive, visitors are challenged to keep a virtual microbiome healthy in three scenarios: meal time, with menu options ranging from broccoli to cookies to pickles; eliminating strep throat with a variety of antibiotics; and deciding whether to prescribe a fecal transplant to battle antibiotic resistance. The Secret World Inside You also features a 14-foot projection of a woman's body as part of an interactive table that highlights the ways that microbes impact human health. Visitors can zoom in on 17 animated microbial scenes, from the mites that live harmlessly on your eyelashes, to the Streptococcus bacteria that cause plaque on your teeth, to the bacteria that break down crystals that cause kidney stones.

Highlights: In one section, visitors will participate in an interactive game that demonstrates the challenges associated with transporting items like bananas, apples, tuna, and lamb around the world. In another, guests will be guided by their nose through smelling stations featuring scents such as lemon, lavender, thyme, and fennel – all vital ingredients used in everything from candies to food dishes to potent absinthe. Visitors toFOOD: Our Global Kitchen will also the see intersection of food, health, and culture and can look forward to sitting at the tables of some illustrious historical figures – including Mongolian ruler Kublai Khan and author Jane Austen – as well as looking at historic dishes, from Mahatma Gandhi's childhood meal to Michael Phelps's Olympian-sized breakfast.

Highlights: Visitors will discover the incredible adaptations and survival skills of organisms, from the super sensing abilities of Boreal owls (who possess extremely sharp hearing) and sea scallops (that can see in all directions) to the extreme eating habits of the black swallower (a fish who can gulp down prey 10 times its weight) and the extraordinary endurance of the world's toughest microbe (which can survive over 1,000 times more radiation than a human and withstand extreme cold, acids, and a vacuum.)

In an interactive component, visitors will test a variety of 'super powers' found in creatures featured throughout the exhibit. Through exploration of several virtual environments and the use of guided gestures using whole-body, motion-sensing Microsoft Kinect technology, visitors will cause the creatures to behave in ways consistent with some of their amazing abilities.



Fernbank will continue to host a variety of Discovery Days for families in 2018, including favorite themes such as Pirate Day, Reptile Day and Noon Year's Eve, as well as new events, including Meet Your Microbes and Little Critters. All Discovery Days feature immersive, hands-on activities, and some include special demonstrations, performances, community partners, experiments, crafts and/or games. New in 2018, Fernbank will work to engage a pre-teen and teenage audience by offering specific activities geared toward diverse age ranges. For additional details on events throughout the year and suggested ages for activities, visit

January 20: Pirate Day
Meet swashbuckling pirates and create your own LEGO® pirate digs.

February 10: Meet Your Microbes
Celebrate The Secret World Inside You and learn how mighty microbes keep you healthy.

February 24: Astronomy Day
Discover the sun, stars, galaxies and all the wonders in between.

March 10: Nature Fest
Venture into the great outdoors to discover its intriguing inhabitants. 

March 31: Little Critters
Ring in spring with a myriad of cute and cuddly baby animals.

April 14: Engineering Day
Design, build, create, play and learn with enthusiastic engineers.

April 28: Bones 'n' Stones Day
Dig up dino-riffic and earth-centric-ologies, like archaeology, geology, and paleontology.

June 9, July 7, August 4: FOOD-ology Series
Discover how people grow, cook and eat their food around the world.  

June 23: Robot Day
Rock out with real robots to explore artificial intelligence.

July 14: Reptile Day
Discover scaly, slimy, slithering creatures – face-to-face!  

July 28: Summer STEM Day
Get your brain back-to-school ready with super-fun STEM discoveries.

August 18: Dinosaur Birthday Bash
Stomp, chomp and growl like a dinosaur at a prehistoric party for the ages.

September 29: Wild Wonders
Learn about the wild and weird super powers of adaptable animals.

October 27: Dinosaur Trick-or-Treat
Celebrate Halloween with the world's largest trick-or-treat guests.

November 3: Adventures in Science Day
Ready, set, science! Meet real scientists and participate in demonstrations and games.

December 31: Noon Year's Eve
Ring in the Noon Year with Atlanta's biggest party animals and a beautiful balloon drop.

*Exhibits, movies, event titles, dates, times and activities are subject to change.


All special exhibits and Discovery Day activities are included with Museum admission. Beginning January 1, 2018, tickets will be $20 for adults, $19 for seniors, $18 for children ages 3-12, free for children 2 and under, and free for Fernbank members.

Giant Screen Theater movies are not included with Museum admission and require a separate ticket. Giant Screen Theater tickets are $13 for adults, $12 for seniors, $11 for children and $8 for Museum members.

Visitors save $6 when purchasing a Value Pass, which includes Museum admission and one Giant Screen Theater movie ticket.

For tickets and showtimes, visit

Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets and visitor information are available at or 404.929.6400.