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Permanent Exhibits 

Fantastic Forces - New STEM Exhibit

Explore combustion, aerodynamics, plate tectonics and more in this all-new STEM exhibit! Boldly explore the principles that govern our world—from the physical phenomena that influence the motion and behavior of all matter to the extraordinary forces that shape our planet through a variety of exciting, hands-on and fun experiences.

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This interactive experience will transform visitors into explorers, scientists and adventurers as they discover the many wonders of the natural world through hundreds of hands-on activities and immersive encounters.

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Dinosaur Plaza

Begin your visit to Fernbank with a stop in this pedestrian-friendly outdoor space. The centerpiece of the plaza is a family of bronze dinosaurs poised to greet visitors as they arrive at the museum.

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Giants of the Mesozoic

Step into prehistoric Patagonia and see Argentinosaurus, one of the largest known dinosaurs to ever walk the Earth. Close behind it, the 47-foot long, 8-ton Giganotosaurus looks ready for its next meal.

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A Walk Through Time in Georgia

Explore the natural history of Georgia and the story of our planet as you journey through lifelike geographic regions and historic re-creations. Highlights include a dinosaur gallery, a giant sloth, a cave, and the sights and sounds of the Okefenokee Swamp.

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Reflections of Culture

Learn how people around the world communicate information about themselves as you explore many forms of personal adornment. An incredible collection of photographs, costumes, jewelry, footwear, headdresses and masks reveals how people of different cultural traditions express social, political and economic information.

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Conveyed in Clay: Stories from St. Catherines Island

Explore how Native Americans adapted to changes in natural and cultural conditions through the evolution of their pottery, from North American's oldest examples to 16th century Spanish artifacts.

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Curator's Corner

Located in the Naturalist Center, this special gallery features rotating displays highlighting items from Fernbank's permanent collection. Topics and themes change regularly. Currently on view is De Soto's Footsteps: New Archaeological Evidence from Georgia.

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World of Shells

Find a wide array of shells collected from the Georgia coast and sites throughout the world. As fascinating to casual shell observers as it is to knowledgeable shell collectors, The World of Shells explains how shell material is formed, the numerous ways animals use their shells, and the life processes of shelled animals. Discover interesting details of shells from around the world in this stunning exhibition of colors, textures and shapes.