Explore 65-acres of undisturbed, mature mixed hardwood forest. Fernbank Forest is now open daily for self-guided tours. FREE with Museum admission!
Learn how NASA missions are designed to help answer the big questions about our planet, our solar system and the wider universe through a variety of hands-on experiences. Engineer a model spacecraft and test its durability for surviving the forces of a rocket launch, use tools that help researchers see the non-visible aspects of space, and more. This bi-lingual experience was developed by the Science Museum of Minnesota in collaboration with NASA, and distributed by the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network). Located on the Upper Level in the Naturalist Center.
Available through March 2020.
Watch where you step… you are walking on fossils! The floors of Fernbank Museum are made of 40,000 limestone tiles, each containing fossil remains of animals that lived in a shallow reef more than 150 million years ago.
The Naturalist Center features four public programming rooms used for a variety of educational offerings including crafts, games, animal encounters and more. Visit our calendar of events for a schedule of offerings. The Naturalist Center also features Fernbank's Curator's Corner, a special gallery features rotating displays highlighting items from Fernbank's permanent collection.
Explore the nighttime sky in this unique gallery of 542 twinkling stars and discover a variety of constellations, from Orion to the Big Dipper.
Learn how Fernbank Museum works to conserve fresh water by redirecting parking lot runoff into a garden of native plant species.
See an inspiring selection of winning entries from the international Humans in Space Youth Art Competition, part of the Humans in Space Art Program. Youth ages 10-18 were asked to visually communicate their vision of the future of space science, travel and exploration. This temporary display is on view in the The Star Gallery.
Part of the Olmsted Linear Parks, Deepdene Park is located approximately 1 mile from the Museum on Ponce de Leon Avenue. This wooded tract features a stream winding through its 22 acres and a topography that ranges from steep slopes to a flat meadow. Free self-guided tours are available in Deepdene Park.
Part of the Olmsted Linear Parks, Dellwood Park, located directly across Ponce de Leon Avenue from the Museum's campus, is named for the natural depression at its eastern end—a dell. It is a continuation of the pastoral style—open space with scattered groups of trees. It is graced with some particularly fine large trees. Free self-guided tours are available in Dellwood Park.