Monday, May 04, 2015

May is Archaeology Month at Fernbank Museum @FernbankMuseum

ATLANTA—May 1, 2015—Today, Fernbank Museum kicks off Archaeology Month with special programming and discounts throughout May. Fernbank’s Archaeology Month includes opportunities to visit with real archaeologists, hands-on experiences, displays of archaeological artifacts, discounts, giveaways and more. The activities celebrate Georgia Archaeology Awareness Month, a statewide platform to promote the archaeological resources present in the state and create awareness about the importance of protecting Georgia’s archaeological heritage.

Exhibitions, discounts and some activities are available every day throughout May, with additional programming offered at select dates and times.

·         Exhibition Highlights (available every day)
Conveyed in Clay: Stories from St. Catherines Island
Discover how Native Americans adapted to changes in natural and cultural conditions through the evolution of their pottery, from North American's oldest examples to 16th century Spanish artifacts.

De Soto's Footsteps: New Archaeological Evidence from Georgia
Explore this collection of rare artifacts from Fernbank’s on-going archaeological expedition to investigate the history of early contact between Native American Indians and Europeans in Georgia. This exhibition showcases some of the rare artifacts that tell of those encounters and will reveal the significance of the findings.

Children can explore archaeology through hands-on activities and see a mock dig site. They can also climb inside a replica dugout canoe modeled after the real dugout canoe in the Naturalist Center.

·         Special Activities
Saturday, May 9 from 10am – 2pm
Sunday, May 10 from 12pm – 4pm
Sunday, May 17 from 12pm – 4pm
Meet an archaeologist and enjoy a variety of hands-on, archaeology-themed activities. Find out about prehistoric archaeology, historical archaeology and more with this unique learning experience on wheels.

Archeology Discovery Cart
Select weekends, dates and times vary
Visit with a youth volunteer at the Archaeology Cart to learn what an archaeologist does, see real artifacts, explore what artifacts teach us about people in the past, and practice your excavation skills.

Archaeology Around the Museum/Be An Archaeologist Activity
Learn more about archaeology around the Museum using this special activity as your guide. A limited number of guides will be available at the Greeter’s Station or you can download your own copy from Fernbank’s website at

·         Discounts and Giveaways
Free Archaeologist Hats for Kids
May 9, 10, 16, 17, 22, 24, 30, 31
Free “archaeologist hats” will be available to the first 125 children who visit the museum each Saturday and Sunday from May 9-31. Hats are available while supplies last and are not guaranteed.

Discounted Admission
Visit for a special discount, offering $2 off museum admission in May.

Hours and Ticket Information
Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta. The Museum is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Museum tickets are $18 for adults, $17 for students/seniors, $16 for children ages 3-12, and free for children 2 and younger. (See above for discounts.) Tickets and visitor information are available at or404.929.6300 (info) / 404.929.6400 (tickets). 

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