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The fun you and your family can have at this children's museum is endless. The Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta is located just steps away from the Centennial Olympic Park and the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta's downtown cultural district. While the museum was designed for children eight and under, kids and adults of all ages love to get in on the interactive action. Exhibits explore the concepts of nature, food, engineering, artistic expression and food. Traveling exhibits happen throughout the year as well as educational programs and events.
The Fernbank Museum of Natural History is one of the largest museums in the country. Surrounded by 140 acres (56 hectares) of forests, it is located a short distance from downtown and is a must on itineraries to Atlanta. Natural history buffs can marvel at intriguing exhibitions in the Great Hall. A landmark in itself, this splendid building features a vertigo-inducing skylight that towers at 86 feet (26 meters). Interactive programs at the planetarium promise an entertaining astronomy lesson, while the 315-seater IMAX theater showcases movies on its five-story screen. Note that film screenings on Fridays are accompanied by delicious martinis.
Established in 1967, Atlanta's Fernbank Science Center is a great place to nurture your scientific curiosity. The exhibit area, spread across 9000 square feet (836.12 square meters), features both permanent and traveling exhibits; they encompass various branches of science. Get a glimpse of the starry night sky at the planetarium. Visitors can also peruse the library, Compost Site, Solar Experiment and a couple of laboratories. The different facilities of the Fernbank Science Center, follow varying hours of operation; check the website for further details before visiting.
Few people know that tucked away within the massive Centers for Disease Control complex near Emory University is the fascinating David J. Sencer CDC Museum. Developed in association with the Smithsonian Institute, the museum features state-of-the-art exhibits on the history of CDC and its lead role in disease investigation and eradication in the United States and around the globe. A large scale multimedia installation, Global Symphony presents compelling narratives and media collages about CDC's impact on public health. Permanent and temporary exhibits explore smallpox eradication, AIDS prevention and other health issues. Before you go, be sure to have a government-issued photo I.D. (driver's license or passport) with you for entry. Exhibits are self-guided; however tours can be arranged in advance for groups of 10 or more.