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Tellus Northwest Georgia Science Museum Cartersville

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Tellus Northwest Georgia Science Museum
100 Tellus Museum Drive
Cartersville
GA
30120
Tel: 770 386 0576

Directions

From Atlanta Take I-75 North to Exit 293 (Highway 411) Turn left at the bottom of the exit Turn left immediately after the Holiday Inn. The museum will be on your left. From Chattanooga Take I-75 South to Exit 293 (Highway 411) Turn right at the bottom of the exit Turn left immediately after the holliday Inn. The museum will be on your left.

Where are we going today?

Tellus: Northwest Georgia Science Museum will open in Cartersville, GA in late 2008. When completed, Tellus will occupy more than 120,000 square feet and feature galleries devoted to minerals, fossils, transportation technology, and hands-on science experiences. Tellus will also house the only fully digital planetarium in North Georgia regularly open to the public. Tellus will unite under one roof the highly respected collections and programs of the Weinman Mineral Museum and the widely acclaimed science programs of the Resource Center.
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    The planetarium theatre is high tech. An amazing experience in all. It would be 5 stars, but the place is very expensive.

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    My family got a membership to Tellus this year and I have to say that we have been very disappointed.

    One of the main reasons for the membership was to be able to use the observatory. Well, we just drove 40 minutes one way on a clear night only to be practically driven away by a loud and rude employee/volunteer at the observatory telling us that it was too hazy and humid to view. This simply wasn't true. I have been observing through many different optics since I was 10 in the deep south and it certainly was not too hazy for them to allow visitors...Read More

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    The best science museum in Georgia, hands down. Loved the planetarium and fossil exhibits, and the flight exhibit was amazing. The idea of putting reflecting glass underneath the cars helped to let me understand how the vehicles worked. Outside the solar house was also quite an interesting experience.

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    A hidden gem in the North Georgia area. Definitely worth the 45 minute drive. My one year old and four year old boys spent most of the day there (~ 5 hours) at a leisurely pace, there was so much for them to do. There is food on site. The exhibits were all very well done (not old and dirty like the Children's Museum in town). They had a blast with the gem panning and fossil digging activities as well. Will definitely go back (multiple times).

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    bring your lunch! you can spend a day here

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by Alan G

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My family got a membership to Tellus this year and I have to say that we have been very disappointed.

One of the main reasons for the membership was to be able to use the observatory. Well, we just drove 40 minutes one way on a clear night only to be practically driven away by a loud and rude employee/volunteer at the observatory telling us that it was too hazy and humid to view. This simply wasn't true. I have been observing through many different optics since I was 10 in the deep south and it certainly was not too hazy for them to allow visitors to view something. Before telling everyone to scram at 9:30, this same female loud and rude employee/volunteer was telling everyone that approached the observatory at dusk that their would be a 20 minute window before 10 PM for everyone to get a look at something through the telescope. 20 minutes! Why even open the observatory when you are only going to stay open until 10 PM and it doesn't get dark until 9:30 or later?

The museum is also showing it's age. Wear and tear are apparent throughout and most things we have noted have not been repaired since we were members. Huge corporate logos abound throughout the museum and in all of their media and is somewhat obnoxious. Make that very obnoxious.

The planetarium only has a couple of shows a day which are actually what you expect in a planetarium show. The other shows are animated 'cartoons' aimed at kids. It is a digital planetarium also which in my opinion is visually inferior to the classic planetarium. After a lot of complaints, the museum 'upgraded' the digital projection, but again, I still feel it is inferior to non-digital planetariums. Of course you can't show kids cartoons on a non-digital set-up.

Unfortunately, many of the staff and volunteers leave a lot to be desired. Some are simply rude (read above) while some of the 'blue shirt' security staff have open and audible conversations with each other about their political opinions. I have overheard these conversations on more than one occasion and it is very annoying.

While the museum may be a fun visit, in my opinion, a membership and repeated visits are simply not worth the trouble, the lies, and the hassle. We will not be renewing our membership.

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