Fernbank Museum

★★★★☆
  • 767 Clifton Rd NE

    Atlanta, GA 30307

    Cross street: Ponce de Leon Avenue

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  • 404-929-6400

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Fernbank Museum's phone number is 404.929.6300 for information and 404.929.6400 for tickets. The number listed above is incorrect. Also, the Planetarium/Observatory are part of the DeKalb County School System's Fernbank Science Center which IS NOT affiliated with the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, a private, not-for-profit museum with lots of wonderful things to explore and discover!

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Fernbank Museum's phone number is 404.929.6300 for information and 404.929.6400 for tickets. The number listed above is incorrect. Also, the Planetarium/Observatory are part of the DeKalb County School System's Fernbank Science Center which IS NOT affiliated with the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, a private, not-for-profit museum with lots of wonderful things to explore and discover!

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ARABIA IMAX title is very misleading. I thought I was going to experience the ancient tombs, lost cities and beauty of the desert. It was a push on the Muslim faith and their journey to Mecca. The agenda here is to promote the Islamic beliefs. If we were promoting the Christian faith everyone would be forcing the movie to be shut down.The Christian and Jewish community should be appalled over this film.

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ARABIA IMAX title is very misleading. I thought I was going to experience the ancient tombs, lost cities and beauty of the desert. It was a push on the Muslim faith and their journey to Mecca. The agenda here is to promote the Islamic beliefs. If we were promoting the Christian faith everyone would be forcing the movie to be shut down.The Christian and Jewish community should be appalled over this film.

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Fernbank museum is very exciting, mostly thier science center. The movies played at Imax at fernbank are incredible, the screens are large with the best surround sound.

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Fernbank museum is very exciting, mostly thier science center. The movies played at Imax at fernbank are incredible, the screens are large with the best surround sound.

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This theater is about half the size of the megaplex, which really pushes the size of Imax. Being inside an amazing museum really finishes off the piece. It is just outside downtown Decatur.

A great experience

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This theater is about half the size of the megaplex, which really pushes the size of Imax. Being inside an amazing museum really finishes off the piece. It is just outside downtown Decatur.

A great experience

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My family and I enjoyed the day at the museum, the exhibition is always changing. \r
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The children enjoyed seeing the Dinosaurs and the Children's Interactive room. I enjoyed seeing the fish and shells display. We all had a ball learning about the Arctic and Antarctica along with the Polar Bears and the Penguins.

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My family and I enjoyed the day at the museum, the exhibition is always changing. \r
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The children enjoyed seeing the Dinosaurs and the Children's Interactive room. I enjoyed seeing the fish and shells display. We all had a ball learning about the Arctic and Antarctica along with the Polar Bears and the Penguins.

Pros: Something for all ages

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I recommend Fernbank Imax. The movies they show are great, I've seen a few. The martini nights are very fun also. Fernback is a great place and its great for all ages.

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I recommend Fernbank Imax. The movies they show are great, I've seen a few. The martini nights are very fun also. Fernback is a great place and its great for all ages.

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great place.... the sight and sound museum was wonderful... i have not been since the 6th grade but i i still remember.

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★★★★☆

great place.... the sight and sound museum was wonderful... i have not been since the 6th grade but i i still remember.

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Sorry to say I have to agree with earlier posters who expect to see a world class history museum and are entirely let down after paying the enterence fee. Yes, the Fernbank boasts a beautifully natural setting. What it does not offer is any type of insightful or intriguing displays, nothing to really draw a visitor in to the vast learning experience that should be offered here. If it were a free museum, I'd call it a draw and enjoy the nice drive up the winding hill and beautiful scenery on the grounds. But it's not and the curator here should really examine what he or she is trying to do.

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Sorry to say I have to agree with earlier posters who expect to see a world class history museum and are entirely let down after paying the enterence fee. Yes, the Fernbank boasts a beautifully natural setting. What it does not offer is any type of insightful or intriguing displays, nothing to really draw a visitor in to the vast learning experience that should be offered here. If it were a free museum, I'd call it a draw and enjoy the nice drive up the winding hill and beautiful scenery on the grounds. But it's not and the curator here should really examine what he or she is trying to do.

Pros: spectacular setting

Cons: overall, a real let down

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I love Martinis & IMAX & had to write a review after seeing the fantastic grand canyon one. Martinis & Imax is a perfect date night- especially with the live music & cocktails before the show. I?ve been several times since moving to Atlanta and it's one of my top favorite activities in the city. \r
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I actually just attended a beautiful wedding at Fernbank- who knew Fernbank was an ideal location for a wedding ceremony and reception?! The wedding was at the front of the museum overlooking the front lawn, and the reception was in the huge foyer which was perfect for the band & food setup- the bride & groom entered the reception down the gorgeous winding staircase. The band had a perfect setup towards the back of the foyer. I highly recommend Fernbank to any bride-to-be looking for an awesome place to have the wedding & reception.

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I love Martinis & IMAX & had to write a review after seeing the fantastic grand canyon one. Martinis & Imax is a perfect date night- especially with the live music & cocktails before the show. I?ve been several times since moving to Atlanta and it's one of my top favorite activities in the city. \r
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I actually just attended a beautiful wedding at Fernbank- who knew Fernbank was an ideal location for a wedding ceremony and reception?! The wedding was at the front of the museum overlooking the front lawn, and the reception was in the huge foyer which was perfect for the band & food setup- the bride & groom entered the reception down the gorgeous winding staircase. The band had a perfect setup towards the back of the foyer. I highly recommend Fernbank to any bride-to-be looking for an awesome place to have the wedding & reception.

Pros: Great event facility & museum

Cons: Wish Martinis & Imax was on Saturdays too

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I've seen a couple different films here at the IMAX, and it's quite an experience! You wouldn't believe how huge the screen is. The best kind of films to see here are the ones that are breathtaking in their scenery... The only drawback is that you can get dizzy if you're sensitive, but they tell you ahead of time that you should just look away from the screen and close your eyes. I recommend getting a seat towards the back, because it's pretty much impossible to see most of the screen if you're in the front half of the seating area.

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I've seen a couple different films here at the IMAX, and it's quite an experience! You wouldn't believe how huge the screen is. The best kind of films to see here are the ones that are breathtaking in their scenery... The only drawback is that you can get dizzy if you're sensitive, but they tell you ahead of time that you should just look away from the screen and close your eyes. I recommend getting a seat towards the back, because it's pretty much impossible to see most of the screen if you're in the front half of the seating area.

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this is a very unfortunate representation of a natural history museum. were are the exhibits? one very large dinosaur skeleton and that about raps up your visit. I am disturbed by the lack of artifacts and exhibits especially after having grown up with natural history museums found in Chicago and Cleveland to base a comparison on. is it lack of funding that prevented this from being a world class natural history museum? I say atlanta should really be able to command better.

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this is a very unfortunate representation of a natural history museum. were are the exhibits? one very large dinosaur skeleton and that about raps up your visit. I am disturbed by the lack of artifacts and exhibits especially after having grown up with natural history museums found in Chicago and Cleveland to base a comparison on. is it lack of funding that prevented this from being a world class natural history museum? I say atlanta should really be able to command better.

Pros: beautiful building

Cons: lack of exhibits, attractions, over priced

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This place has been the same forever. If you've been once you've been a thousand and one times. If you have young children who haven't been this is a great place. The nature trail is great. Make sure you bring water for this adventure. They really need to up grade.

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★★★☆☆

This place has been the same forever. If you've been once you've been a thousand and one times. If you have young children who haven't been this is a great place. The nature trail is great. Make sure you bring water for this adventure. They really need to up grade.

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I recently went here on a date night. The martinis and live music were great! The Imax theater after a few cocktails is a fun experience. I recommend it to anyone to give it a try.

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I recently went here on a date night. The martinis and live music were great! The Imax theater after a few cocktails is a fun experience. I recommend it to anyone to give it a try.

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I went to a wedding and this place was incredible. There is so much to look at and see here. This place can also be romantic if you have wine before IMAX. I highly recommend taking kids here also.

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★★★★★

I went to a wedding and this place was incredible. There is so much to look at and see here. This place can also be romantic if you have wine before IMAX. I highly recommend taking kids here also.

Pros: everything, wine, exhibits, staff,

Cons: nothing

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I have to admit that my wife made me go to the museum and I thought it would be awful! When we got there she made us become members of the museum so we would have free admission and other perks the next time we visited the museum. Much to my surprise it was pretty cool and the kids really enjoyed theirselves as they learned about history and nature. The membership has more than paid for it's self since we have been 3 times this year. The events are really nice and I would recommend the Imax movies.

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★★★★☆

I have to admit that my wife made me go to the museum and I thought it would be awful! When we got there she made us become members of the museum so we would have free admission and other perks the next time we visited the museum. Much to my surprise it was pretty cool and the kids really enjoyed theirselves as they learned about history and nature. The membership has more than paid for it's self since we have been 3 times this year. The events are really nice and I would recommend the Imax movies.

Pros: Great events and fun for the whole family

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This museum offers an educational experience to children and even adults. The showcase is on dinosaurs, but they also have areas for toddler play, interesting science stuff, and understanding other cultures. It is much smaller than the Museum of Natural History in New York or Washington,DC.

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This museum offers an educational experience to children and even adults. The showcase is on dinosaurs, but they also have areas for toddler play, interesting science stuff, and understanding other cultures. It is much smaller than the Museum of Natural History in New York or Washington,DC.

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This is one of the nation's largest planetariums with Observatory, Exhibit Hall and Forest with walking trails. The planetarium is awesome. Your children will love it. The story line is great. Learn about geology, meteorology and seismology . When they have the dinosaur exhibit, its wondeful.
Admission to public planetarium programs:
$4 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, free for members. It's hard to explain all thet they offer but its great. Your children will love it.

PROS: Great for Children
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This is one of the nation's largest planetariums with Observatory, Exhibit Hall and Forest with walking trails. The planetarium is awesome. Your children will love it. The story line is great. Learn about geology, meteorology and seismology . When they have the dinosaur exhibit, its wondeful.
Admission to public planetarium programs:
$4 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, free for members. It's hard to explain all thet they offer but its great. Your children will love it.

PROS: Great for Children
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Fernbank is a wonderful place to take visitors to our city. The IMAX films are always awesome. We have enjoyed many of the exhibits over the years and found them to be very entertaining and educational.

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Fernbank is a wonderful place to take visitors to our city. The IMAX films are always awesome. We have enjoyed many of the exhibits over the years and found them to be very entertaining and educational.

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This is a neat mueseum that has dinosaur bones and other artifacts. There is also an IMAX theater, and they "Martinis at IMAX" every Friday night which is a lot of fun.

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This is a neat mueseum that has dinosaur bones and other artifacts. There is also an IMAX theater, and they "Martinis at IMAX" every Friday night which is a lot of fun.

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We're really amazed when we first visited this museum. They have got so much to see and learn from. We love to bring our son and nephews and nieces there whenever they come to visit Atlanta. All the children love this place. The museum offers great educational programs for children, an excellent choice for family outing as well. A great place to visit for those who love anything and everything about dinosaurs. Host special events from time to time. Martinis and IMAX also available. You can even host a kid's birthday party there. Highly recommended to everyone.

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We're really amazed when we first visited this museum. They have got so much to see and learn from. We love to bring our son and nephews and nieces there whenever they come to visit Atlanta. All the children love this place. The museum offers great educational programs for children, an excellent choice for family outing as well. A great place to visit for those who love anything and everything about dinosaurs. Host special events from time to time. Martinis and IMAX also available. You can even host a kid's birthday party there. Highly recommended to everyone.

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The Fernbank Science center is a very fascinating place to visit for both children and adults. They have many exhibits that you will not see other places. They also offer field trips for school age children, and can teach about a variety of different science subjects. I love the hands on area where children can use a variety of science materials, and the kids love it too!

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The Fernbank Science center is a very fascinating place to visit for both children and adults. They have many exhibits that you will not see other places. They also offer field trips for school age children, and can teach about a variety of different science subjects. I love the hands on area where children can use a variety of science materials, and the kids love it too!

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This is such a neat place, in a really cool part of Atlanta. Whether you want to take a group of children on a field trip or go on a date on a Friday night- there is something for everyone. The lobby holds a huge skeleton of a dinosaur and it really makes an awesome statement when you walk in. I have visited this museum several times for Martinis and I-MAX- so cool! Great date- get a martini, watch a cool IMAX movie and then hit a restaurant- very unique! Located down by Emory, it is a great date place. They host special events here as well- would be a unique setting for a wedding or corporate party. Check this place out- You will be happy you did!

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This is such a neat place, in a really cool part of Atlanta. Whether you want to take a group of children on a field trip or go on a date on a Friday night- there is something for everyone. The lobby holds a huge skeleton of a dinosaur and it really makes an awesome statement when you walk in. I have visited this museum several times for Martinis and I-MAX- so cool! Great date- get a martini, watch a cool IMAX movie and then hit a restaurant- very unique! Located down by Emory, it is a great date place. They host special events here as well- would be a unique setting for a wedding or corporate party. Check this place out- You will be happy you did!

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I got hooked on Fernbank as a child going to the planetarium at the old Fernbank Science Center. As an adult, I fell back in love with Fernbank thanks to Martinis and IMAX. I renewed my membership to take full advantage of the many things Fernbank has to offer (in addition to Martinis & IMAX). I take the family for day trips at the museum but we do ladies' nights at on Fridays.

PROS: Martinits & IMAX, great membership rates, museum shop
CONS: congested parking on Saturdays

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I got hooked on Fernbank as a child going to the planetarium at the old Fernbank Science Center. As an adult, I fell back in love with Fernbank thanks to Martinis and IMAX. I renewed my membership to take full advantage of the many things Fernbank has to offer (in addition to Martinis & IMAX). I take the family for day trips at the museum but we do ladies' nights at on Fridays.

PROS: Martinits & IMAX, great membership rates, museum shop
CONS: congested parking on Saturdays

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This is a beautiful place to have a wedding if you just don't mind all the history that is surrounding you. They do a great job decorating the place, and make it unique to your wedding or any other event that you want to have hear. They also do these great martini and movie nights.

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This is a beautiful place to have a wedding if you just don't mind all the history that is surrounding you. They do a great job decorating the place, and make it unique to your wedding or any other event that you want to have hear. They also do these great martini and movie nights.

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My children have taken several field trips here. I have, on a coupple of occasions, went along. It is very enjoyable, and something the entire family truely can do together. Our favorite is the nature walk. It gives all of the beuty, none of the stress. Very peaceful, even the kids were quiet. Now THATS saying something!

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My children have taken several field trips here. I have, on a coupple of occasions, went along. It is very enjoyable, and something the entire family truely can do together. Our favorite is the nature walk. It gives all of the beuty, none of the stress. Very peaceful, even the kids were quiet. Now THATS saying something!

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You can see the skeleton of the biggest dinosaur discovered here. There are lots of exhibits that teach you about natural history. They have discovery rooms, the Fantasy Forest, an IMAX Theatre star gallery, really neat fossil floors and they even recreated the Okefenokee Swamp. My mom likes the pretty rose garden, too.

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You can see the skeleton of the biggest dinosaur discovered here. There are lots of exhibits that teach you about natural history. They have discovery rooms, the Fantasy Forest, an IMAX Theatre star gallery, really neat fossil floors and they even recreated the Okefenokee Swamp. My mom likes the pretty rose garden, too.

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Fernbank, besides being a great museum (with dinos) for the kids and adults also has IMAX! They have multiple stories and tons of exhibit rooms. The volunteers and staff are very happy to help and show you EVERYTHING! They have ample parking in the front of the Museum and cool programs for kids. The best thing though is the programs for adults like Martinis and Imax movies on teh same night - a pretty cheap date and a really good time!! The IMAX movies are not always the most interesting (The wolf one was not a fav of mine) but they are always fun!

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Fernbank, besides being a great museum (with dinos) for the kids and adults also has IMAX! They have multiple stories and tons of exhibit rooms. The volunteers and staff are very happy to help and show you EVERYTHING! They have ample parking in the front of the Museum and cool programs for kids. The best thing though is the programs for adults like Martinis and Imax movies on teh same night - a pretty cheap date and a really good time!! The IMAX movies are not always the most interesting (The wolf one was not a fav of mine) but they are always fun!

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I take my nephews here all the time and they love it. It is 3 stories of dinosaur bones and exhibits. There is a play room for the kids and the science room which has the bubble blowers. They even have the IMAX theaters which I have yet to experience since the kids are always so busy with everything else. Try to go when they have live demonstrations because you will not be disappointed and try some of the food at the on site cafe, Felini's you will love it. The best part is that this place is never packed with people and it is very cheap at around $10 a ticket - well worth it.

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I take my nephews here all the time and they love it. It is 3 stories of dinosaur bones and exhibits. There is a play room for the kids and the science room which has the bubble blowers. They even have the IMAX theaters which I have yet to experience since the kids are always so busy with everything else. Try to go when they have live demonstrations because you will not be disappointed and try some of the food at the on site cafe, Felini's you will love it. The best part is that this place is never packed with people and it is very cheap at around $10 a ticket - well worth it.

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There are alot of memories for me at fernbank, just about every kid in georgia has been there. They have cool dinosaur things and although its all history and scientific,it's fun to. i would still go If i had the time.

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There are alot of memories for me at fernbank, just about every kid in georgia has been there. They have cool dinosaur things and although its all history and scientific,it's fun to. i would still go If i had the time.

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Again, I've had many field trips here while I went to school in Atlanta from grades 3-7. I used to love going here cause they had exhibits of dinosaurs and cavemen (love that stuff!). Usually, the field trips we went to involved touring the exhibits, then sitting in the huge IMAX dome area for a presentation on the stars and astronomy. It's always fun to see things in that kind of atmosphere. Great for kids who love that stuff.

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Again, I've had many field trips here while I went to school in Atlanta from grades 3-7. I used to love going here cause they had exhibits of dinosaurs and cavemen (love that stuff!). Usually, the field trips we went to involved touring the exhibits, then sitting in the huge IMAX dome area for a presentation on the stars and astronomy. It's always fun to see things in that kind of atmosphere. Great for kids who love that stuff.

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Fernbank is one of the largest natural history museums in the country. The building is gorgeous. They have great exhibits, and there is also an IMAX theater. This is a great place to take kids or just to spend an afternoon learning.

PROS: great exhibits, IMAX
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Fernbank is one of the largest natural history museums in the country. The building is gorgeous. They have great exhibits, and there is also an IMAX theater. This is a great place to take kids or just to spend an afternoon learning.

PROS: great exhibits, IMAX
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My son is now 18 years old and we still enjoy going to Fernbank and the IMAX theatre. We've been patroning the museum for most of his life and we always top it off with a trip to Felini's afterwards for the city's best pizza. We call it ""Fernbank and Felini's"". I have also enjoyed Martinis and IMAX with my life companion. Fernbank is truly a great pick for all ages and for first dates.

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My son is now 18 years old and we still enjoy going to Fernbank and the IMAX theatre. We've been patroning the museum for most of his life and we always top it off with a trip to Felini's afterwards for the city's best pizza. We call it ""Fernbank and Felini's"". I have also enjoyed Martinis and IMAX with my life companion. Fernbank is truly a great pick for all ages and for first dates.

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Although not as well known as some other attractions, Fernbank is one of Atlanta's best spots for visitors.

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Although not as well known as some other attractions, Fernbank is one of Atlanta's best spots for visitors.

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Fernbank has great exhibits, a great staff, and an excellent atmosphere. The Imax exhibits are first class. Our family visits Fernbank several times a year.

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Fernbank has great exhibits, a great staff, and an excellent atmosphere. The Imax exhibits are first class. Our family visits Fernbank several times a year.

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A great setting, always something new, with IMAX as a bonus.

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A great setting, always something new, with IMAX as a bonus.

Pros: great location, good parking, good value

Cons: outside of town

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Love the Fernbank -- the permanent collection, the peaceful surrounding, the ""escape"" element for children & adults, the events. It is a fabulous center for our city..

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Love the Fernbank -- the permanent collection, the peaceful surrounding, the ""escape"" element for children & adults, the events. It is a fabulous center for our city..

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I truely enjoy going to Fernbank. They always have gret exhibits.

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I truely enjoy going to Fernbank. They always have gret exhibits.

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Fernbank is defintely something to visit, with the giant dinasours and planetarium...

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Fernbank is defintely something to visit, with the giant dinasours and planetarium...

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Great place to take children (and adults) of all ages.

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Great place to take children (and adults) of all ages.

 

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