Fernbank Science Center
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Fernbank Science Center

Jan 1, 2019 – Dec 31, 2025
Every Mon-Wed12pm – 5pm
Every Thu-Fri12pm – 9pm
Every Sat10am – 5pm
Next: 12:00pm on Feb 25
Science Center AdmissionFree!
Planetarium Show Admission$7
Planetarium Show Seniors/Students$5
Fernbank Science Center


Come explore the adventures of science through this museum, classroom and woodland complex. The facility covers four acres and offers educational programs for the entire family to enjoy at the Fernbank Science Center.

The Exhibit Hall is split over two levels and has numerous displays that deal with a whole array of scientific concepts. The upper level houses permanent exhibits, including the live animals exhibit featuring poison dart frogs, snakes, turtles, spiders and more. The lower exhibit hall functions as the temporary display area with changing exhibits, traveling exhibits and more.

The Jim Cherry Memorial Planetarium offers a unique opportunity to learn about the night sky. The 500-seat theater, equipped with a 70-foot dome, a Mark V. Zeiss star projector, and more than 100 special effects projectors, is one of the largest planetariums in the United States. It offers a rotating schedule of shows.

The Fernbank Observatory houses a 0.9-meter (36-inch) Cassegrain reflector beneath a 10-meter (30-foot) dome. An astronomer is available to position the telescope and answer questions.

The Fernbank Library collection consists primarily of materials dealing with science and technology. Astronomy, botany, ecology and horticulture are the focus of the collection.

The Meteorology and Siesmology Laboratory houses equipment used for recording atmospheric and seismological events. Special programs are offered in the laboratory throughout the year.

The Compost Site is located behind the main building and includes numerous types of working compost bins, a vegetable garden, a butterfly garden, and different species of plants used for landscaping purposes.



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