Five years after rising from a small town geological center, Tellus Science Museum in metro Atlanta has matured into a major scientific museum and space flight center. The museum continues to grow as it showcases the sciences of geology, astronomy, prehistoric artifacts, space and aviation in it's exhibit halls.
Tellus draws large crowds during several events each year with visits by leaders in the science community and astronauts; a rock and mineral show; and the hugely popular Night at the Museum evening based in part on the successful movie franchise.
This year's Night at the Museum VI will come alive on August 9, featuring legendary characters from both science fiction and science fact as Tellus opens its doors after hours to it's members and guests.
"This is one of the most unique evenings at Tellus," said Tellus Science Museum Executive Director Jose Santamaria on Wednesday. "Visitors get to interact with actors portraying real scientists and science fiction characters. It's going to be quite a night!"
Characters from Star Wars, Doctor Who and The Hunger Games, to name a few, will roam the exhibit halls with historical figures such as Marie Curie, Albert Einstein and the Wright Brothers from the science community to create a fun evening of entertainment. A few of the new characters arriving this year include Captain America, Indiana Jones and Fred Flintstone.
"This is our sixth year bringing Night at the Museum to Tellus and the event just gets bigger every year," explained Shelly Redd, Tellus' Director of Marketing, as she reviewed the evening's line up. "We were really close to a sell-out last year and sales this year are on par for the same or better."
Science with a comedic spin will also play out as The Tellus Madd Scientists provide a dose of education as they demonstrate science experiments with flare in the main theater. Shows start every twenty minutes beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The museum will also host a children's costume contest unlike any other in which the votes will be cast from around the globe via social media. "We are encouraging children 12 and under to come in costume and participate in an Instagram photo contest," Redd said. "The winner will receive a $50 gift card to the Tellus store."
Redd added that children in costume can enter the contest by uploading their own Instagram photo taken at the museum. The photo should then be posted to a users account using the hashtags #NATM and #TellusMuseum.
The event is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. and will conclude at 10:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $10.00 for Tellus members and $20.00 for non-members, and are on sale now and Reed recommends to preorder your tickets over the phone to avoid the lines at the ticket desk Saturday evening.
Museum officials stated that over the phone ticket purchases will end on Friday at 5:00 p.m. To purchase tickets, call Tellus at 770-606-5700.
The 120,000 square-foot museum has been known for it's rare fossils, dinosaur recreations and astronomical observatory. And today, Tellus works with the Smithsonian Institution to procure both short and long term science exhibits, including a large moon rock and a space-flown parts from the space shuttle.
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., and is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day and July 4th.
Redd notes, "Our actors are as excited about the event as our guests are, as they are really passionate about promoting science in such a fun and unique way."
Saturday's event will also coincide with this year's third installment of the Night at the Museum movie series, Secret of the Tomb, due in theaters December 19.
(Charles Atkeison reports on aerospace, science and technology. Follow his updates via Twitter @AbsolutSpaceGuy.)