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Special Exhibitions

Now on View

Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum

On view September 30 – January 7, 2018

From the seats of the world’s most iconic stage, discover the story behind one of Rome’s most celebrated traditions in this new special exhibit. Building on the larger-than-life legends of gladiators, the exhibit explores the world these men inhabited, from the regiment of training, discipline and constant peril to the fame, wealth and freedom that greeted the very best gladiators.

Fernbank Forest: Designed by Nature

On view August 5 – November 12, 2017

Explore the biodiversity and beauty of Fernbank Forest as captured through a series of more than 50 full-color photographs by award-winning National Geographic photographer, Peter Essick.

Wild Huts and Hollows

A WildWoods Nature Gallery Exhibit

On view September 9 – February 11, 2018

Explore a variety of woven sculptures, constructed of locally-harvested plant material by mixed media artist, J.D. Koth. This special exhibit will feature archways and huts of various sizes, designed to spark the imagination and curiosity of both kids and adults. Visitors will be invited to explore many of the woven sculptures inside and out, which also present unique photos opportunities.


Coming Soon

Winter Wonderland

On view November 17 – January 7, 2018

Enjoy a season of celebrations during Fernbank’s 8th annual Winter Wonderland: Celebrations & Traditions Around the World. This holiday-inspired exhibition features trees and other displays decorated by local cultural partners that recognize celebrations including Christmas and Hanukkah, as well as traditions and practices like origami, indigenous art and national symbols.


2018 Special Exhibits: The Secret World Inside You (opens Feb. 10), Food: Our Global Kitchen (opens June 9) and Nature’s Superheroes (opens Sept. 29).  

All dates and titles subject to change.