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Popular characters turn out for Tellus' Night at the Museum

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Popular characters from the science community and science fiction turned out on Saturday evening as metro Atlanta's Tellus Science Museum hosted their sixth annual Night at the Museum to a near sell out crowd.

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Iron Man, Captain America and the Wright Brothers were among the nearly sixty figures who entertained guests at the northwest Georgia science museum for four hours.

"The event just gets bigger every year," said Tellus' Marketing Director Shelly Redd as she walked past a waiting Star Wars Storm Trooper on Saturday. "We've added tons of new characters to our line up."

Children in line to see The Flintstones stood with grins near full scale dinosaur exhibits as they looked forward to meeting with and posing for pictures with the prehistoric characters. Children received a free autograph book with paid admission to the event.

A Tellus children's costume contest also went viral as online voters began judging Instagram images for a winner who will be announced late on Monday. "The winner will receive a $50 gift card to the Tellus Science Museum store," Redd added.

Characters also included chemist and Nobel Prize winner Marie Curie; aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart; TV's Dr. Who and Donna Noble; and a full cast from both the Star Wars and Star Trek movies.

Tellus's management announced plans on Saturday for a seventh Night at the Museum in 2015.

Located northwest of Atlanta off of exit 293 and I-75 in Cartersville, the museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day and July 4th.

Tellus showcases the sciences of astronomy, prehistoric artifacts, space, aviation and geology in beautiful exhibit halls.

(Charles Atkeison reports on science & technology. Follow his updates via Twitter @AbsolutSpaceGuy.)