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Fernbank Science Center

Where Science Becomes an Adventure!

We are excited to welcome you to Fernbank Science Center!

The science center is proud to be part of the DeKalb County School District. We welcome students from DeKalb schools, the Atlanta metro region (and sometimes beyond!) every school day.

The science center is also open Monday-Saturday to public visitors. We invite you to experience the wonders of the universe in the Jim Cherry Memorial Planetarium, take a peek through the telescope in the Ralph Buice Jr. Observatory or explore your scientific curiosity in the exhibit hall. General admission to the science center is FREE! 

We want your visit to the center to be an enjoyable and memorable experience, therefore, please be respectful and considerate of everyone. We also highly encourage you to read and follow our health and safety guidelines

Public Hours Planetarium Observatory


Fernbank Science Center will be closed Saturday May 27th and Monday May 29th for the Memorial Day holiday. 

Summer hours begin Tuesday May 30.  More Information>>

Fernbank Science Center will be closed Saturday June 17th and Monday June 19th for the Juneteenth holiday. 

Fernbank Science Center will be closed Tuesday July 4th.  

During the summer we ask that groups (summer camps, etc.) larger than 50 contact the scheduler at 678-874-7113.  If your group is smaller than 50, then you do not need to contact the scheduler. Group discounts do not apply during the summer months.

Jim Cherry Memorial Planetarium

Experience the wonders of the universe in 4K!

Apollo 6 Capsule

Apollo 6 

Permanent Exhibit

The real Apollo 6 Command Module, on loan from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, is on display in the FSC exhibit hall.

Live Animal Exhibit

Live Animal Exhibit

Permanent Exhibit

See poison dart frogs, snakes, turtles, spiders, and more. 

Nikon Small Wolrd

Nature's Generosity Traveling Exhibition

April 24th - June 25th 2023

The Wilderness Photography Foundation is a group dedicated to promoting environmental conservation through fine art nature photography.



Where will it take you?

Mesmerica is a visual music journey that brings the mesmerizing music of Grammy-nominated composer and percussionist James Hood together with visually-hypnotic, 3D animated art curated from artists around the world, creating an immersive experience designed to transcend time, relax, soothe, and stimulate your mind and senses...

Ralph Buice Jr. Observatory

Come join us for views that are out of this world!

Free public observations on Thursday and Friday nights!

Directions to Fernbank Science Center