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Fernbank Science Center

Fernbank Science Center

Welcome to Fernbank Science Center...where science truly becomes an adventure! Visit today and experience the Jim Cherry Memorial Planetarium and the Ralph Buice Jr. Observatory.

Hours of Operation

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

Thursday: 7 PM, 8 PM
Friday: 3 PM, 7 PM, 8 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

Hours subject to change. Please confirm hours on our calendar before your visit.

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 instructor 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. 

Fernbank Science Center
Bridge Building

Saturday February 24, 2018

1:00 - 3:00 PM at Fernbank Science Center

Participants build their bridges in advance and bring them to the event. There the bridges will be tested to failure (i.e. broken) to measure their load carrying ability. 

Snake Day at Fernbank Science Center

Join us for Snake Day at Fernbank Science Center. Many reptiles will be on display and there will be hands-on activities for all ages.

Saturday March 17, 2018
Noon - 3 PM
Admission is free!

Snake Day
Aviation Camp

June 18-29, 2018

Application Deadline is May 28, 2018

Native Plants!

On Saturday April 14th, a wide variety of trees, shrubs, and flowering perennials will be available for purchase at FSC's spring plant sale. Many of the plants are native species that are often difficult to find elsewhere!

8 AM - 3 PM. Come early for best selection. 

Plant Sale

Jim Cherry Memorial Planetarium

Experience the wonders of the universe in 4K!

Nikon Small World

Nikon Small World

On Display Now!

Celebrating 43 years of images captured by the light microscope.

Live Animal Exhibit

Live Animal Exhibit

Permanent Exhibit

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

LEGO Robotics Camp

LEGO Robotics Camp

June 4-8 and June 11-15, 2018

This camp offers advanced training
for rising 4th-8th grade students
who want to learn about LEGO
Mindstorm robotics.

Science Night Out

Science Night Out

Various Dates

Science Night Out is an evening packed with hands-on STEM activities.

Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad

March 24, 2018

Students in grades 3-5 challenge themselves to complete a variety of science activities involving tests of knowledge and measurement skills.

Ralph Buice Jr. Observatory

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

Free public observations Thursday and Friday nights!

Directions to Fernbank Science Center