Tellus Science Museum is a world-class 120,000 square foot science museum located just 40 miles north of Atlanta in Cartersville, Georgia. The museum is home to four major exhibit galleries, a planetarium and an observatory. In addition, the museum houses a hands-on gem panning experience and a walk-in fossil dig. The museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, has hosted over one million visitors since opening 5 years ago.
One of the museum’s most fascinating galleries is the Weinman Mineral Gallery, which highlights gems, rocks, and minerals from all over the world. The gallery also features an earthquake exhibit with an interactive station to create your own “quake”, a giant periodic table of elements that showcases each element and a sample of the ordinary objects where they can be found, and a fluorescent minerals exhibit which demonstrates how some minerals glow under different types of light.
In the Fossil Gallery, guests can stare into the mouth of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, take a photo with a 9-foot wide jaw of a Megaladon (a shark that once lived in the oceans that was larger than a school bus), or learn about giant fish and reptiles once native to Georgia. Most recently, the exhibit has been updated with a replica of a Triceratops skull from the largest skeleton ever found.
Then venture over to the Science in Motion Gallery where guests can discover the evolution of automobile manufacturing by studying electric, steam and gasoline-powered cars. The gallery also houses a replica Wright flyer in the center of the exhibit. Additionally, the gallery is home to a space exhibit featuring the largest moon rock on exhibit in the state of Georgia.
Collins Family My Big Backyard is a hands-on children’s interactive gallery which teaches the youngest scientists how to “see” your back yard from a different perspective. The gallery highlights a huge walk-in tree designed to teach youngsters about weather. Little guests can go into the garage to learn more about magnets and electricity; or go into the shed to create and discover experiments on sound. Kids can also play with light, rainbows, mirrors, and more in the greenhouse.
The Planetarium boasts a new state of the art, high-definition digital projector making images on the dome crystal clear. Enjoy shows that simulate a roller-coaster ride through space or take a live tour of the night sky. There’s a show available for every age range!
Two of Tellus’ most popular events are returning this summer. RockFest is an indoor/outdoor weekend event on June 14-15. Rock, gem and fossil dealers from all over the country will bring their treasures for your enjoyment. Come peruse their collections, or buy unique, one-of-a-kind specimens or exotic jewelry. Little ones can play a round of rock bingo, and join in the other various children’s activities scheduled throughout each day. Plus, the first 200 guests each day will receive a free mineral specimen. This event is free for members and included with regular admission for non-members.
In August, Tellus brings the museum to life with Night at the Museum! On Saturday evening, August 9th, meet some of science’s most popular characters – both fiction and non-fiction. Actors portraying the likes of Albert Einstein and Sir Isaac Newton, as well as Katniss Everdeen and Indiana Jones will liven up the museum galleries and teach visitors about the importance of science. If that’s not enough, the Tellus Madd Scientists will be on-hand performing wacky and wild experiments to delight guests of all ages.
Everyone will receive a complimentary autograph book at check-in to document this special night. Children 12 and under are also encouraged to dress up as their favorite character from science and participate in an Instagram photo contest where a special prize will be awarded to the winner. (The Museum kindly requests adults not to dress up in costume so as not to confuse guests with actors.) Tickets for this event will go on sale June 30. Member tickets are $10 per person, and non-member tickets are $20 per person. To purchase yours, call (770) 606-5700 ext 431.