What: Tellus, Northwest Georgia Science Museum
When: 10 – 5 pm Daily
Where: Cartersville, Georgia (click here for directions)
Cost: $12 per adult, $10 seniors, $8 children between 3 – 17, active military free with ID. Planetarium tickets are an additional $3
Parking: There is lots of parking on site and it is free
Ok, so this isn’t an inexpensive field trip, but hey, sometimes you have to splurge (especially when your child once referred to a school trip to this attraction as a “Birthday present from my school!”)
Tellus, formerly the Weinman Mineral Museum is about 35 minutes north of the I-75/I-285 intersection. It’s conveniently located off I-75. You can’t miss it, it’s HUGE and has GIANT letters spelling TELLUS on the building. This great attraction opened on Jan. 12 and is well worth the drive. There are four galleries, a planetarium, fossil dig and gem panning. For more video of Tellus, visit my YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/suerodman.
First the galleries, in the Weinman Mineral Gallery discover how the Earth was formed billions of years ago and walk among 50 cases of gems, gold, and some of the world’s most prized minerals. Next enter the Fossil Gallery where you can stare into the jaws of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, catch a glimpse a wooly mammoth and the biggest turtle you’ve ever seen! Move along to the Science in Motion Gallery where you can stroll through history and discover the early break-throughs in automobile manufacturing and pay homage to the men who first traveled into space. Get your hands dirty in the Collins Family My Big Backyard. Here youngsters of all ages can participate in hands-on experiments with light, rainbows, mirrors and my children’s favorite, creating your own ball drop.
Behind the galleries (through the Science in Motion) is an area where you can pan for gems and then dig for fossils. The gem area wasn’t open yet, but the kids got to dig, and keep, a fossil. We didn’t have time for the planetarium this trip, but it has a digital projector that allows guests to travel through the solar system, to the edge of the galaxy and beyond.
There is also a large cafe that opens to an outdoor patio. It has a very limited menu, but it’s an excellent place to break with your picnic lunch from home. There is a picture of the cafe in the slideshow below.
TIP: We encountered a line for the ticket purchase, but went into the gift shop and got our tickets right away.