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Best things to see and do at Cartersville’s Tellus Science Museum

Ready to discover a whole new world? From an epic ride through our solar system in a state-of-the-art planetarium to hands-on activities like digging up dinosaur fossils and uncovering shark teeth, the incredible science world at Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, GA, awaits!

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Other awards and accolades include:

  • 2022 #1 of Top 20 Places to Take Kids in Atlanta by KidsOutandAbout.com
  • 2022 Cartersville-Bartow CVB People’s Choice Award
  • 2021 Best Museum in Best of Georgia by Georgia Business Journal
  • 2021 Traveller’s Choice Award by TripAdvisor
  • 2021 Best Education Program by Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries

In the Weinman Mineral Gallery, kids can see the world in a different light in the fluorescent mineral exhibit; learn how minerals are cut and made into gems; explore the earth’s crust and much more. As you make your way into the Fossil Gallery, you’ll discover how life on Earth began. You can’t miss these captivating dinosaur fossils, including a giant Tyrannosaurus rex and a 9-foot-wide jaw of a Megaladon (a shark found in the oceans that was larger than a school bus). The Science in Motion gallery is out of this world! You’re in for a history ride taking you through 100 years of changes in transportation technology. Young scientists can take advantage of the hands-on activities in the Collins Family My Big Backyard. Step into the backyard wonderland of an imaginative young inventor named CJ. Throughout CJ’s backyard, children can play with light, rainbows, mirrors and more in the greenhouse.

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Outside of the permanent exhibits, special exhibits offered now through the beginning of 2023 include “Gear Up: The Science of Bikes,” where you’ll learn about the bikes’ evolution in technology and what it takes for a bike to work; and “Superhero Materials,” where children can explore plastics, metals, ceramics and other materials inside our phones, cars and even in our bodies. In addition to rotating exhibits, the museum welcomes its guests to many exciting events throughout the year, including “Totally Awesome Halloween Science,” which will include creepy-crawly activities such as tossing “spider food” onto a sticky web and spooktacular Halloween science demonstrations. Next month, you can catch a “Total Lunar Eclipse,” spotlighting the moon as it begins to enter Earth’s shadow.

Why wait any longer? Hop in the car and make the short drive to Tellus Science Museum. For a one-of-a-kind experience, check out the endless possibilities Cartersville offers below:

Tellus Science Museum

Location: 100 Tellus Drive, Cartersville, GA 30120; Hours: Daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Admission: Members: Free; Adults: $20; Children (3–17): $16; Active Military with ID: Free (1/2 price admission for active duty dependents with ID); Seniors (65+): $18; Website: tellusmuseum.org; Contact: 770-606-5700

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