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Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Fernbank Museum 2020
PHOTO CREDIT: Courtesy Fernbank Museum
Call: (404) 929-6300 or visit fernbankmuseum.org
Discover a world of WOW at Atlanta’s science and nature experience. Travel around the world and back in time as you discover live animals, amazing places, ancient fossils, prehistoric cultures and new science discoveries. Throughout the year, new exhibits, movies and experiences offer more to explore.

Fernbank After Dark: It's Electric!

Friday February 14, 2020 08:00 pm EST
Fernbank After Dark is a monthly series for ages 21+ featuring fun science activities, exclusive after-hours museum access, live music and a 3D giant screen movie. Cocktails, craft beer and small plates are available for purchase.
Cost: $15-$20

Live Animal Encounter

Wednesday January 29, 2020 01:00 pm EST
Get up close and personal with a member of Fernbank’s animal collection.
Cost: Included with general admission

Live Animal Encounter

Sunday January 26, 2020 12:00 pm EST
Get up close and personal with a member of Fernbank’s animal collection.
Cost: Included with general admission

Live Animal Encounter

Saturday January 25, 2020 02:00 pm EST
Get up close and personal with a member of Fernbank’s animal collection.
Cost: Included with general admission

Pirate Day

Saturday January 25, 2020 10:00 am EST
Ahoy, me hearties! Prepare to weigh anchor and set sail on a swashbuckling adventure with pirate-themed crafts and games.

Pirate costumes encouraged!

Cost: Included with museum admission

'90s Night

Friday January 24, 2020 07:00 pm EST
Take a field trip back to the ‘90s at Fernbank! Dig out the flannel, grab your favorite slap bracelet and re-live the decade that brought us Zach Morris, boy bands, the Macarena and TRL. This adults-only party will be bangin’ as Amp’d Entertainment plays all the hits from the ‘90s. And no field tr...
Cost: $21.95

Live Animal Encounter

Tuesday January 21, 2020 01:00 pm EST
Get up close and personal with a member of Fernbank’s animal collection.
Cost: Included with general admission

Ranger Explorations

Monday January 20, 2020 01:00 pm EST
Join a Fernbank Ranger for fun and informative outdoor activities in WildWoods.

Recommended for ages 6+

Cost: Included with general admission

Live Animal Encounter

Saturday January 18, 2020 02:00 pm EST
Get up close and personal with a member of Fernbank’s animal collection.
Cost: Included with general admission

Noon Year’s Eve

Tuesday December 31, 2019 09:00 am EST
Ring in the New Year a full twelve hours early with Atlanta’s biggest party animals. This special family celebration will include a countdown to a balloon drop at noon.
Cost: $8-$27

Fernbank Forest Bird Walk

Sunday December 15, 2019 08:00 am EST
Fernbank Forest

Join an Atlanta Audubon Society volunteer and discover more about the feathered inhabitants of Fernbank Forest, both permanent residents and visitors. This program is excellent for beginning birders or those desiring gentle terrain.

Program is held rain or shine but may be cancel...
Cost: $8-$27

Fernbank After Dark: Holiday Party

Friday December 13, 2019 07:00 pm EST
Fernbank After Dark is a monthly series featuring fun science activities, after-hours museum access, live music and a 3D giant screen movie. Cocktails, craft beer and small plates are available for purchase. Exclusively for ages 21+; IDs will be checked at the door.
Cost: $8-$27

Sensory Mornings

Saturday December 7, 2019 09:00 am EST
Join us for a series of special sensory events, designed for guests with sensory sensitivities, special needs or various physical abilities who might benefit from a less-crowded environment. These events will provide a quieter and calmer environment for guests to explore the full museum as well as e...
Cost: $8-$27

Past Meets Presence: Yoga Under the Dinosaurs

Thursday November 21, 2019 07:00 pm EST
Practice presence under the Giants of the Mesozoic as Elizabeth Rowan guides you through an hour of movement and meditation under the watchful eye of some of the world’s largest dinosaurs. This class is suitable for all levels and beginners are welcome. Class begins at 7pm and lasts until 8pm. Tic...
Cost: $20

Things New and Strange: A Southerner’s Journey Through the Smithsonian Collections

Sunday November 17, 2019 04:30 pm EST
After retiring, Clough began investigating what the Smithsonian collections could tell him about South Georgia, where he spent most of his childhood. His investigations revealed animal, plant, fossil and rock specimens, along with cultural artifacts and works of art—far more than he had imagined. He...
Cost: Free

Fernbank Forest Bird Walk

Sunday November 17, 2019 08:00 am EST
Join an Atlanta Audubon Society volunteer and discover more about the feathered inhabitants of Fernbank Forest, both permanent residents and visitors. This program is excellent for beginning birders or those desiring gentle terrain. Program is held rain or shine but may be cancelled in cases of se...
Cost: Free-$20

Latin Dance Night

Friday November 15, 2019 08:00 pm EST
Spice things up with sassy Latin rhythms as you dance the night away to Salsa, Bachata, Cumbia and Merengue. An Amp’d Entertainment DJ with lead the way and professional dancers from Salsambo Dance Lessons and Entertainment will offer groups lessons.* Dancing beings at 8pm and lessons are offered ar...
Cost: $15

Fernbank After Dark: Cocktails & Culture

Friday November 8, 2019 07:00 pm EST
7pm – 10pmExplore beverages, writing, dance and other cultural traditions through a variety of fun, hands-on activities and interactive demonstrations inspired by special exhibit, Traveling the Silk Road. 7pm – 11pm Go back in time 1,000 years in Traveling the Silk Road; and take advantage of after...
Cost: $14.95-$19.95

Dinosaur Trick-or-Treat

Saturday October 26, 2019 10:00 am EDT
Enjoy a frighteningly-fun Halloween party featuring games, hands-on activities, a kids’ DJ and special treats for kids.

Scheduled Activities*

Candy Stations*** Trick-or-Treat early in the Great Hall and enjoy themed toys and goodies. (May contain small parts.)

Kids' DJ

Boogie along to Hallowee...
Cost: Free with museum admission

Ghostly Gatherings

Sunday October 13, 2019 06:00 pm EDT
Join us Sunday evenings in October for this bewitchingly fun special event series featuring evening hours of the Halloween-themed outdoor experience, Woodland Spirits, as well as musical entertainment and hands-on activities for all ages. Drinks, including adult beverages, and a variety of snacks wi...
Cost: $10-$20

Fernbank After Dark: Weird Science

Friday October 11, 2019 07:00 pm EDT
Fernbank After Dark is a monthly series featuring fun science activities, after-hours museum access, live music and a 3D giant screen movie. Cocktails, craft beer and small plates are available for purchase. Exclusively for ages 21+; IDs will be checked at the door.
Cost: $15-$20

A Timeless Affair 2019: Secrets of the Silk Road

Saturday October 5, 2019 06:30 pm EDT
Join us for an elegant black-tie gala to benefit Fernbank. Festivities include a sunset cocktail hour, seated dinner, live and silent auctions, live music and dancing.
Cost: $500-$25,000

Traveling the Silk Road Opening Day

Saturday September 28, 2019 10:00 am EDT
Enjoy Fernbank’s newest special exhibit, featuring the peoples and cultures who benefited from trade on the silk road — not only from the profitable exchange of commodities, but also from the interchange of new technologies, religions, types of music, literature and ways of thinking.
Cost: Free with museum admission

Latin Dance Night

Friday September 27, 2019 08:00 pm EDT
Spice things up with sassy Latin rhythms as you dance the night away to Salsa, Bachata, Cumbia and Merengue. An Amp’d Entertainment DJ with lead the way and professional dancers from Salsambo Dance Lessons and Entertainment will offer groups lessons.* Dancing beings at 8pm and lessons are offered ar...
Cost: $15

Fernbank Forest Night Walk

Friday September 27, 2019 07:00 pm EDT
Join a Fernbank scientist on a guided tour of Fernbank Forest to experience the unique nocturnal world that awakens at dusk. Listen for owl and frog calls, search for bats using a special echolocation detector, find organisms that glow under UV light, and much more. Children must be accompanied by a...
Cost: $8-$12

Nature Walk

Sunday September 15, 2019 11:00 am EDT
Get a closer look at nature in WildWoods and Fernbank Forest with a Fernbank educator.

Recommended for ages 8+

Cost: Included with general admission

Fernbank Forest Bird Walk

Sunday September 15, 2019 09:00 am EDT
Join an Atlanta Audubon Society volunteer and discover more about the feathered inhabitants of Fernbank Forest, both permanent residents and visitors. This program is excellent for beginning birders or those desiring gentle terrain. Program is held rain or shine but may be cancelled in cases of se...
Cost: Free with general admission

Fernbank After Dark: Makers & Shakers

Friday September 13, 2019 07:00 pm EDT
Fernbank After Dark is a monthly series featuring fun science activities, after-hours museum access, live music and a 3D giant screen movie. Cocktails, craft beer and small plates are available for purchase. Exclusively for ages 21+; IDs will be checked at the door.
Cost: $6-$20

Sensory Mornings

Saturday August 24, 2019 09:00 am EDT
Join us for a series of special sensory events, designed for guests with sensory sensitivities, special needs or various physical abilities who might benefit from a less-crowded environment. These events will provide a quieter and calmer environment for guests to explore the full museum as well as e...
Cost: Free (member)-$27

Sensory Mornings

Saturday August 24, 2019 09:00 am EDT
Join us for a series of special sensory events, designed for guests with sensory sensitivities, special needs or various physical abilities who might benefit from a less-crowded environment. These events will provide a quieter and calmer environment for guests to explore the full museum as well as e...
Cost: $18-$20

Dinosaur Birthday Bash

Saturday August 17, 2019 10:00 am EDT
You’re invited to a prehistoric party at Fernbank Museum! Stomp, chomp and party like a dinosaur in celebration of the anniversary of Giants of the Mesozoic.
Cost: Free (members)-Museum admission fee

Dinosaur Birthday Bash

Saturday August 17, 2019 10:00 am EDT
You're invited to a prehistoric party at Fernbank Museum! Stomp, chomp, and party like a dinosaur in celebration of the anniversary of Giants of the Mesozoic. 
Cost: Free w/ general admission

Fernbank After Dark: Myth Busters

Friday August 9, 2019 07:00 pm EDT
Yippee ki yay, myth busters! Pull back the curtain to see how everything from action movies to your own senses are trying to put one over on you.  Take advantage of kid-free, after-hours access to indoor and outdoor experiences, including Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants. Drink in ...
Cost: $14.95-$19.95

Cosmic Quest

Wednesday July 31, 2019 02:30 pm EDT
Blast off for an exploration of space that will take you from Earth through the universe.

Recommended for ages 8+

Cost: Free w/ general admission

Nature Walk

Wednesday July 31, 2019 11:00 am EDT
Get a closer look at nature in WildWoods and Fernbank Forest with a Fernbank educator.

Recommended for ages 8+

Weather permitting. Program not suitable for strollers.

Cost: Free w/ general admission

Folk Tales

Tuesday July 30, 2019 11:30 am EDT
Hear a story for young visitors from cultures around the world, with a fun activity.

Recommended for ages 1 – 12

Cost: Free w/ general admission

Weekday Wonders

Monday July 29, 2019 11:30 am EDT
Drop in for a variety of science-themed hands-on activities.

Recommended for ages 4 – 12

Cost: Free w/ general admission

Fernbank Forest Night Walk

Sunday July 28, 2019 08:30 pm EDT
Join a Fernbank Museum scientist on a guided tour of Fernbank Forest to experience the unique nocturnal world that awakens at dusk. Listen for owl and frog calls, search for bats using a special echolocation detector, find organisms that glow under UV light, and much more. Children must be accompani...
Cost: $8-$12

Geology Rocks

Sunday July 28, 2019 03:00 pm EDT
Discover how the rocks of Georgia formed with hands-on experiments and touchable specimens.

Recommended for ages 8 – 15

Cost: Free w/ general admission

Ranger Explorations

Sunday July 28, 2019 01:30 pm EDT
Join a Fernbank Ranger for fun and informative outdoor activities in WildWoods.

Recommended for ages 6+

Cost: Free w/ general admission

Tadpole Tales

Sunday July 28, 2019 11:00 am EDT
Preschoolers will enjoy a story and special activity with a Fernbank educator.

Recommended for ages 1 – 6

Cost: Free w/ general admission

Live Animal Encounter

Saturday July 27, 2019 02:00 pm EDT
Get up close and personal with a member of Fernbank’s animal collection.

Recommended for ages 4+

Cost: Free w/ general admission

Live Animal Encounter

Saturday July 27, 2019 01:00 pm EDT
Get up close and personal with a member of Fernbank’s animal collection.

Recommended for ages 4+

Cost: Free w/ general admission

Live Animal Encounter

Saturday July 27, 2019 01:00 pm EDT
Get up close and personal with a member of Fernbank’s animal collection.

Recommended for ages 4+

Cost: Free w/ general admission

Nature Walk

Saturday July 27, 2019 11:00 am EDT
Get a closer look at nature in WildWoods and Fernbank Forest with a Fernbank educator.

Recommended for ages 8+

Weather permitting. Program not suitable for strollers.

Cost: Free w/ general admission

Tadpole Tales

Saturday July 27, 2019 11:00 am EDT
Preschoolers will enjoy a story and special activity with a Fernbank educator.

Recommended for ages 1 – 6

Cost: Free w/ general admission

Tadpole Tales

Saturday July 27, 2019 11:00 am EDT
Preschoolers will enjoy a story and special activity with a Fernbank educator.

Recommended for ages 1 – 6

Cost: Free w/ general admission

Geology Rocks

Friday July 26, 2019 02:30 pm EDT
Discover how the rocks of Georgia formed with hands-on experiments and touchable specimens.

Recommended for ages 8 – 15

Cost: Free w/ general admission

Ranger Explorations

Friday July 26, 2019 01:00 pm EDT
Join a Fernbank Ranger for fun and informative outdoor activities in WildWoods.

Recommended for ages 6+

Cost: Free w/ general admission

Excellent Experiments

Thursday July 25, 2019 02:30 pm EDT
Explore the amazing world of chemistry through fun experiments in a live presentation.

Recommended for ages 5 – 15

Cost: Free w/ general admission

Folk Tales

Thursday July 25, 2019 11:30 am EDT
Hear a story for young visitors from cultures around the world, with a fun activity.

Recommended for ages 1 – 12

Cost: Free w/ general admissions

Nature Walk

Thursday July 25, 2019 11:00 am EDT
Get a closer look at nature in WildWoods and Fernbank Forest with a Fernbank educator.

Recommended for ages 8+

Weather permitting. Program not suitable for strollers.

Cost: Free w/ general admission

Cosmic Quest

Wednesday July 24, 2019 02:30 pm EDT
Blast off for an exploration of space that will take you from Earth through the universe.

Recommended for ages 8+

Cost: Free w/ general admission

Live Animal Encounter

Wednesday July 24, 2019 01:00 pm EDT
Get up close and personal with a member of Fernbank’s animal collection.

Recommended for ages 4+

Cost: Free w/ general admission

Ranger Explorations

Wednesday July 24, 2019 01:00 pm EDT
Join a Fernbank Ranger for fun and informative outdoor activities in WildWoods.

Recommended for ages 6+

Cost: Free w/ general admission

Tadpole Tales

Wednesday July 24, 2019 11:30 am EDT
Preschoolers will enjoy a story and special activity with a Fernbank educator.

Recommended for ages 1 – 6

Cost: Free w/ general admission

Weekday Wonders

Tuesday July 23, 2019 11:30 am EDT
Drop in for a variety of science-themed hands-on activities.

Recommended for ages 4 – 12

Cost: Free w/ general admission

Nature Walk

Tuesday July 23, 2019 11:00 am EDT
Get a closer look at nature in WildWoods and Fernbank Forest with a Fernbank educator.

Recommended for ages 8+

Weather permitting. Program not suitable for strollers.

Cost: Free w/ general admission

Incredible Weather

Monday July 22, 2019 02:30 pm EDT
Delve into the dynamic world of weather, climate, and atmospheric science with live experiments and demonstrations.

Recommended for ages 8 – 15

Cost: Free w/ general admission

Live Animal Encounter

Monday July 22, 2019 01:00 pm EDT
Get up close and personal with a member of Fernbank’s animal collection.

Recommended for ages 4+

Cost: Free w/ general admission

Nature Walk

Sunday July 21, 2019 11:00 am EDT
Get a closer look at nature in WildWoods and Fernbank Forest with a Fernbank educator.

Recommended for ages 8+

Weather permitting. Program not suitable for strollers.

Cost: Free w/ general admission

Tadpole Tales

Sunday July 21, 2019 11:00 am EDT
Preschoolers will enjoy a story and special activity with a Fernbank educator.

Recommended for ages 1 – 6

Cost: Free w/ general admission

Fernbank Forest Bird Walk

Sunday July 21, 2019 09:00 am EDT
Join an Atlanta Audubon Society volunteer and discover more about the feathered inhabitants of Fernbank Forest, both permanent residents and visitors. This program is excellent for beginning birders or those desiring gentle terrain. Program is held rain or shine but may be cancelled in cases of se...
Cost: Free w/ general admission

Cosmic Quest

Saturday July 20, 2019 03:00 pm EDT
Blast off for an exploration of space that will take you from Earth through the universe.

Recommended for ages 8+

Cost: Free w/ general admission

Ranger Explorations

Saturday July 20, 2019 01:00 pm EDT
Join a Fernbank Ranger for fun and informative outdoor activities in WildWoods.

Recommended for ages 6+

Cost: Free w/ general admission

Moon Landing Celebration

Saturday July 20, 2019 10:00 am EDT
SoAR Rocketry

Meet the team who flies rockets for fun and enjoy a close look at their favorite rocket models. 

Oreo Cookie Moon Phases Join the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Atlanta to recreate tasty models of each moon phase using cookies and frosting.

LEGO® Rockets

Get yo...
Cost: Included w/ purchase of value pack tickets

Double Feature: Monster Fish and Jaws

Friday July 19, 2019 07:00 pm EDT
For one night only, see Jaws swimming across Fernbank’s 4-story giant screen. Before being terrorized by a giant man-eating great white shark, experience Fernbank’s newest special exhibit, Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants. 7 p.m.-9 p.m.: Enjoy self-guided tours of the blockbuster s...
Cost: $18

Excellent Experiments

Friday July 19, 2019 02:30 pm EDT
Explore the amazing world of chemistry through fun experiments in a live presentation.

Recommended for ages 5 – 15

Cost: Free w/ general admission

Folk Tales

Friday July 19, 2019 11:30 am EDT
Hear a story for young visitors from cultures around the world, with a fun activity.

Recommended for ages 1 – 12

Cost: Free w/ general admission

Ranger Explorations

Thursday July 18, 2019 01:00 pm EDT
Join a Fernbank Ranger for fun and informative outdoor activities in WildWoods. 

Recommended for ages 6+

Cost: Free w/ general admission

Weekday Wonders

Thursday July 18, 2019 11:30 am EDT
Drop in for a variety of science-themed hands-on activities.

Recommended for ages 4 – 12

Cost: Free w/ general admission

Incredible Weather

Wednesday July 17, 2019 02:30 pm EDT
Delve into the dynamic world of weather, climate, and atmospheric science with live experiments and demonstrations.

Recommended for ages 8 – 15

Cost: Free w/ general admission

Live Animal Encounter

Wednesday July 17, 2019 01:00 pm EDT
Get up close and personal with a member of Fernbank’s animal collection.

Recommended for ages 4+

Cost: Free w/ general admission

Nature Walk

Wednesday July 17, 2019 11:00 am EDT
Get a closer look at nature in WildWoods and Fernbank Forest with a Fernbank educator.

Recommended for ages 8+

Weather permitting. Program not suitable for strollers.

Cost: Free w/ general admission

Excellent Experiments

Tuesday July 16, 2019 02:30 pm EDT
Explore the amazing world of chemistry through fun experiments in a live presentation.

Recommended for ages 5 – 15

Cost: Free w/ general admission

Ranger Explorations

Tuesday July 16, 2019 01:00 pm EDT
Join a Fernbank Ranger for fun and informative outdoor activities in WildWoods.

Recommended for ages 6+

Cost: Free w/ general admission

Fernbank After Dark: The Great Outdoors

Friday June 14, 2019 07:00 pm EDT
Fernbank After Dark is a monthly series for ages 21+ featuring fun science activities, exclusive after-hours museum access, live music and a 3D giant screen movie. Cocktails, craft beer and small plates are available for purchase.
Cost: $14.95-$19.95

Monster Fish Opening Day

Saturday June 8, 2019 10:00 am EDT
The new exhibition includes five life size sculptures of monster fish. 
Cost: Included in museum admission

Latin Dance Night Series

Friday May 17, 2019 08:00 pm EDT
Dance the night away to salsa, bachata, cumbia, and merengue at Fernbank Museum. Professional dancers from Salsambo Dance Lessons and Entertainment will offer group lessons around 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $15

Fernbank After Dark: Booze and Botanicals

Friday April 12, 2019 07:00 pm EDT
Fernbank takes place each month and features fun science activities for adults. 
Cost: $14.95- $19.95
767 Clifton Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 929-6300
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