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Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Huge dinosaur skeletons and the largest movie screen in Atlanta are certain to impress the whole family.

The Fernbank Museum of Natural History aims to foster an understanding of the natural world. Many of the exhibits are hands-on and designed for children. They can deliver a weather report, or walk through a waterfall hologram to discover what’s on the other side. Massive Replicas of the skeletons of two of the world’s largest dinosaurs fill the museum’s Great Hall. The museum also houses the largest movie screen in Atlanta.

There are nine permanent exhibits as well as traveling exhibitions spread across three floors encompassing 160,000 square feet (14,865 square meters). Getting to and from the museum, east of midtown Atlanta, is easy and fast. And you can easily spend half a day exploring the dozens of exhibits.

Start with a great photo-op right at the front entrance: the bronze dinosaur statues in Dinosaur Plaza. Realistic replicas of dinosaurs — or at least their skeletons — can be found in the Great Hall. Stare up at a 123-foot (37-meter) long Argentinosaurus, which appears to be hunted by a 47-foot (14-meter) long Giganotosaurus. The display is a recreation of the badlands in Argentina between 65 and 145 million years ago. Flying Pterodaustro and Anhanguera dinosaurs are suspended overhead to complete the scene.

The museum’s signature exhibit explores Georgia’s natural history through 16 galleries. Animals, plant life and fossils are preserved behind glass boxes. Lifelike dioramas recreate reefs, forests and caves.

The top floor of the museum has a multilevel playground for children. Virtual displays, live reptile exhibits, and a range of learning activities have earned it several national and international museum awards. There’s also a weather exhibit with a forecasting studio and tornado simulator. 

The entire family will be impressed by the five-story IMAX Theater screen. The theatre shows science documentaries covering topics from butterflies to the Ice Age. Check the timetable on the museum’s website or at the ticket office in the museum.

The museum is open every day. Come on the weekend or late afternoon to avoid school groups. The parking lot is free but busy on weekends. MARTA buses stop nearby.


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Private Carriage House -historic Druid Hills, Emory Univ., Decatur, and C.d.c

Private Carriage House -historic Druid Hills, Emory Univ., Decatur, and C.d.c

1731 Coventry Place, Decatur
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Decatur, this historic cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fernbank Science Center and Emory University. Jimmy Carter Library and Museum is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.

Atlanta Oasis Home Away From Home

Atlanta Oasis Home Away From Home

843 Artwood Rd NE, Atlanta
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Situated in Decatur, this cottage is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Fernbank Science Center and 1.3 mi (2 km) from Emory University. Decatur Courthouse and Decatur Square are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$115
The University Inn at Emory

The University Inn at Emory

1767 North Decatur Road, Atlanta
3.8
of 5, from 94 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Atlanta, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Michael C. Carlos Museum and Emory University. Fernbank Science Center and Fernbank Museum of Natural History are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Private Garden Apt, 1918 House, Upstairs Lake Claire, Candler Park

Private Garden Apt, 1918 House, Upstairs Lake Claire, Candler Park

255 Connecticut Avenue, Atlanta
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Situated in Atlanta, this spa vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, and Emory University. Little Five Points and Freedom Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Big 1br, Hardwoods, Historic 1918 House, Downstairs, Lake Claire Candler Park

Big 1br, Hardwoods, Historic 1918 House, Downstairs, Lake Claire Candler Park

255 Connecticut Avenue, NE, Atlanta
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Atlanta, this spa vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, and Emory University. Little Five Points and Freedom Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Sunny! 1918 House, Private Apt, Claire, Candler Park, High Ceilings, Hardwoods

Sunny! 1918 House, Private Apt, Claire, Candler Park, High Ceilings, Hardwoods

255 Connecticut Avenue Northeast, Atlanta
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Atlanta, this spa vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, and Emory University. Little Five Points and Freedom Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Breezy, Private Upstairs apt Historic 1918 House, Lake Claire, Candler Park

Breezy, Private Upstairs apt Historic 1918 House, Lake Claire, Candler Park

255 Connecticut Avenue, atlanta
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Atlanta, this spa vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, and Emory University. Little Five Points and Freedom Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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The Highland Inn

The Highland Inn

644 North Highland Avenue, Atlanta
3.7
of 5, from 683 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

The Highland Inn is in the upmarket neighborhood of Poncey-Highland, a 10-minute drive from downtown Atlanta and close to shops and restaurants. Guests can reach Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in 20 minutes by car, and walk 10 minutes to the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum.