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Fernbank Science Center

156 Heaton Park Dr NE, At Artwood Road off Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30307-1318
+1 678-874-7102
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I would live in this building if I could

I am such an unofficial scientist. This place was full of wonder. Such a beautiful facility... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
YGDrumming
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Atlanta, Georgia
Handsome building, lovely grounds, good exhibits

Not a collection of stuffed animals - which is refreshing. The Georgia timeline is OK but the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Mary H
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Rochester Hills, MI
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Welcome to Fernbank Science Center, where science becomes an adventure! Visit today and experience the wonders of the universe at the Jim Cherry Memorial Planetarium or go star gazing at the Ralph Buice Jr. Observatory. General admission to the Fernbank Science Center exhibit hall is free. The exhibit hall features live animals, space exhibits including the authentic Apollo 6 space capsule and numerous other displays which deal with a large array of scientific concepts. Tickets to planetarium shows are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.
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Hours Today: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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156 Heaton Park Dr NE, At Artwood Road off Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30307-1318
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am such an unofficial scientist. This place was full of wonder. Such a beautiful facility. Staff was nice, somewhat informative. I enjoyed the theater...

Thank YGDrumming
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not a collection of stuffed animals - which is refreshing. The Georgia timeline is OK but the lighting makes it difficult to see in the display cases. Microbes was a fascinating exhibit although it is leaving in mid May. Outside grounds are worth a walk.

Thank Mary H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took our teenage children there even though this type of facility usually caters to the 4-12 age group on a rainy day in Atlanta. They were fascinated with most of the offerings, especially the sound booths, where 2 people can sit about 40 feet...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The science center has a nice collection of dinosaur exhibits. It also has two 3d movies. Staff is very friendly. You can skip the outside walk through the woods if you are pressed for time. There is nothing great to see.

Thank John D
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Reviewed 7 April 2018

It was a really long drive through neighborhoods to find this place (it's right across from a school). Plenty of free parking right in front, though. The place doesn't look very inviting when you pull up to it - I thought it was closed down...More

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Reviewed 7 April 2018

I visited this as part of the CityPass. The location is fabulous; near an expensive golf course neighborhood and forest. The building is amazing and beautiful, but they must have spent all the money on the facility. The exhibits were campy and cheap looking. And...More

Thank kmoore007
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Reviewed 6 March 2018

It is a small, however very nice place to have family time. Bring your curiosity and be ready to explore...

Thank Olga F
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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

Located across from an elementary school, it looked more like it used to be a school annex, not a what I perceive to be a science center. The front doors had no windows or welcoming signage. We honestly weren't sure it was even open. The...More

2  Thank Dad4lads
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Reviewed 1 March 2018

Phenomenal museum with classic exhibits. Kids visiting today get pretty close to the same experience 20 years ago. I grew up going there and took several science classes through High School. I recently was able to tour through again. It is worth a trip if...More

Thank 462David
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Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

My husband and I visited here while on business in Atlanta. We did not have our children with us. I am sure this is much better for families with young children. There is a dinosaur exhibit, wildlife native to Georgia, a few interactive exhibits and...More

Thank julilee93
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Not within walking distance.
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Response from Kathy G | Reviewed this property |
I don't recall any place there where you could bring a picnic lunch. If you are from around here and know the area you could go over by Emory University on North Decatur Road. A fun noodle place at 1556 North Decatur Rd... More
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