Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Fernbank Museum of Natural History @ Atlanta, Georgia

It had been well over a decade since either of us had been to this classic Atlanta icon, so we set out to rediscover it for our anniversary.

Fernbank Cafe

We left really late after arranging for childcare and meant to grab lunch on the way down but assumed we’d be able to find something in the area.

Nope.

Fernbank is located in the middle of a residential district. If there is food or anything nearby, it isn’t obvious and we didn’t want to waste any time looking. Little 5 Points is nearby if you like Hepatitis and having your car booted for made-up reasons.

Instead, we bit the bullet and made the decision to eat at Fernbank’s cafe. Cafes at attractions are always stupid expensive for what you get (a hot dog, bag of chips and a can of soda for $12? No thanks.) but we were pleasantly surprised at what they had to offer.

I think they had all the kid-friendly stuff (pizza and the like) but they also have a diverse selection of soups, salads and sandwiches. I had some kind of multiple-meat Italian panini and she had a tuna melt. We got the standard offering (entree, chips and drink) for around $8 each, no worse than a meal at Panera or anywhere else.

The Exhibits

Poison Exhibit

At Fernbank there was an exhibit on the use of poison throughout history, closing in the next few weeks. Get in while you still can!

Poison Marquee @ Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta, Georgia
We started with the poison exhibit. The beginning takes you through a tropical tableau that shows you many of the poisonous animals that live in some South American rainforest.

One of the earliest exhibits contains live poison tree frogs. At first I didn’t think they were real; like piranhas, they sit there completely motionless until they blink or you look really closely at their windpipes.

Poisonous Frogs @ Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta, Georgia
This particular (fake) spider was fascinating. I think it jumps at its prey.

Everything in nature is horrifying when you look at it up close.

Poisonous Spider @ Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta, Georgia
From this exhibit, we learned that snake heads are pretty dangerous to handle. Their venom sacs are located on the bottom part of their jaw, and their teeth act like hypodermic needles. When they sink their teeth into something, the clamping action depresses the sac and pushes venom out through their teeth into the victim.

Poisonous Snake @ Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta, Georgia
World of Shells

Whelk @ Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta, Georgia
The world of shells seemed like it should be promising but it was actually very small (the size of a bedroom at best) and got repetitive quickly.

A Walk Through Time in Georgia

Dinosaur @ Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta, Georgia
In the beginning, there were dinosaurs, and not much else changed in Georgia until 1968 so we didn’t pay any real attention here.

The museum was closing so we just ran through and laughed at the fact that our perceptions were validated– for millions of years, the color palette for everything in this state really has been fifty shades of shit.

It’s no small wonder The Walking Dead uses Georgia as its backdrop for a post-apocalyptic zombie wasteland. Everything here looks naturally sick and dying.

Dinosaur @ Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta, Georgia

Johnny

Pro-family and anti-drug, when he's not too busy living with four beautiful ladies, he likes long walks on the beach and poking dead things with sticks.

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