Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Beyond Atlanta: Tellus Museum - Where Science and Fun Comes Together


If have been hearing great things about the Tellus Museum and this past weekend we finally gave it a visit. The Tellus Museum is a 120,000 square foot museum featuring four main galleries: The Weinman Mineral Gallery, The Fossil Gallery, Science in Motion, and The Collins Family My Big Backyard.



There' also a Solar Decathlon House that was designed and built by engineering and architectural faculty and students at Georgia Tech for an international competition.

 

The solar house has 39 solar panels, insulated polyurethane base, and a water capture and reclamation system.

The house is designed to be self-sufficient and show how solar energy can be used to make homes energy efficient and "green."
 

Along with the solar panels, separate air conditioning and heating units allow residents to heat or cool only certain sections of the home.


The Tellus Museum exhibits include an 80 foot-long Apatosaurus and a replica Wright flyer, along with plenty of hands-on experiments with light, sound, and magnets. 


Dazzling gems and minerals will sparkle and glow alongside interactive exhibits demonstrating how the Earth moves and changes. 


Admission includes a fossil dig through which children can dig for real fossils and to take home as well as gem panning, where the phrase finders keepers applies. 


A 120-seat digital planetarium and an observatory is also on site and is a MUST see. Make sure you buy tixs for this one since they are not included with the admission.


Visitor Information


The museum is open seven days a week, Monday-Sunday 10 AM - 5 PM.
Closed on New Year’s Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Please call 770-606-5700 for more information.
For up-to-date inclement weather information, please call 770-606-5700 and press 1.

Click here for directions to Tellus.

Note:
Some GPS and online map systems have Tellus located on Mineral Museum Drive. The road is now named Tellus Drive.

Admission (Includes Fossil Dig & Gem Panning)

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