Summer at Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Summer at Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Several exciting events are taking place this summer at Fernbank Museum. Two special exhibitions are scheduled from May 28 through September 6. Geckos are introduced in their remarkable diversity in Geckos: Tails to Toepads. Live geckos are featured in custom-built habitats. There are more than 1,100 species of geckos, and they are among the most adaptable lizards. The interactive parts of the exhibit will allow participants to learn about a gecko’s night vision and try to spot a camouflaged gecko in its habitat. A short theater presentation explains the secret that makes the gecko a master of adhesion- its toepads. This exhibit is a fun way to learn about these amazing little creatures.

A second summer exhibit is showcased in the museum’s entry level. Winged Beauties: Butterflies and Other Insects is a collection of 33 photos by wildlife photographer Bill Harbin. These beautiful photos show butterflies, dragonflies, beetles, and other winged insects in amazing detail. Entrance to both of these exhibits is included in the regular museum admission.

97 Days and Ways to Play is Fernbank Museum’s summer children’s program. A variety of activities and special events are planned, including a Bug Out Festival and Game Day Wednesdays. Week-long summer day camps are also available for rising kindergartners through 5th graders.

Fernbank’s IMAX Theatre is currently showing four features. The film Arabia, showing through July 29, takes viewers to an exotic and extraordinary land. Discover what life is like for more than 40 tropical insects in Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure. This film runs through September 30. Two films are showing on Friday evenings during Martinis and IMAX. Cirque Du Soleil- Journey of Man and Pulse- A Stomp Adventure are both playing through September 24. Tickets for IMAX presentations are $13 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, and $11 for children. Matinee prices are slightly less. A new IMAX presentation, Roar: Lions of the Kalahari, opens July 30.

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The Martinis and IMAX events take place on Friday evenings from 6:30PM to 11:00PM. Enjoy cocktails, wine, IMAX films, and a variety of food options including appetizers, sandwiches, and salads. There is a $7 cover charge for those attending the event without an IMAX ticket. This event is perfect for singles, couples, and groups.

With so many entertaining options available, Fernbank Museum of Natural History is the place to be this summer.