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Fernbank Science Center

Fernbank Science Center

Welcome to Fernbank Science Center...where science truly becomes an adventure! Please visit today and experience the Jim Cherry Memorial Planetarium and the Ralph Buice Jr. Observatory. Most activities are free and family friendly!

Hours of Operation

Exhibit Hall
Monday-Wednesday Noon - 5 PM
Thursday-Friday Noon - 9 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 5 PM

Thursday & Friday: 7 PM, 8 PM
Friday: 3 PM
Saturday: 11 AM, 12 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM 
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Thursday & Friday 9:00 - 10:30 PM
(weather permitting)

FSC is closed on Sunday

FSC Calendar

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FSC Turns 50!

Since 1967, Fernbank Science Center has supported science education in the DeKalb County School District and the wider community.  Nearly every student who has attended a DeKalb school has experienced planetarium shows in the Jim Cherry Memorial Planetarium, gone for nature walks in Fernbank Forest or through the Reach Program, or had a Fernbank Science Center Science Specialist teach them at their school or in the labs at the center. Generations of students have been touched with what the science center has to offer. We invite all of DeKalb to celebrate this golden anniversary with us in 2017 and 2018 at the following special programs:

Saturday, October 28, 2017 Fun with Flashlights! The youngest scientists put on their costumes and bring flashlights to the planetarium for a fun activity in the dark.

Saturday, November 11, 2017 Chemistry Day: Meet the Elements! Explore the chemical world around us at our Chemistry Day with hands-on experiments and demonstrations, and our famous Chemical Magic Show. Admission is Free!

Friday, December 1, 2017 John Serrie Holiday 50 Year Anniversary Concert - The magic of the holidays celebrated through music in the Jim Cherry Planetarium.

Look for more details for each of these and future events!

Fernbank Science Center

Events and Exhibits

Bird Watching

Bird Watching

September 30 and October 21

Fernbank Science Center will offer two bird watching tours at Stone Mountain Park this Fall on September 30th and October 21st. If you have an interest in birds, the tours will be a great way to see and learn about birds in their natural environment.

Fun With Flashlights

Fun With Flashlights

October 28, 2017

Wear a costume.  Bring a flashlight. Have fun under the stars.

Apollo 6

Apollo 6 Command Module

Permanent Exhibit

The unmanned Apollo 6 Command Module is on display in the Fernbank Science Center Exhibit Hall

Aniaml Exhibit

Live Animal Exhibit

Permanent Exhibit

Fernbank Science Center has many years of experience keeping animals in captivity. Many of our animals are now on display in a live animal exhibit. There are poison dart frogs, snakes, turtles, spiders, and more.

Nikon Small World

Nikon Small World

Exhibit opens Monday October 9, 2017

Celebrating 43 years of images captured by the light microscope.


Do you know a falcon when you see one?

Find all of the falcons in the building and receive free tickets to a planetarium show!

Find the Falcons at Fernbank Science Center

Directions to Fernbank Science Center