Named for the Roman Goddess of Earth, the Tellus Science Museum explores everything from the earth’s formation to dinosaurs to the galaxies around us. Dive into scientific discovery at this great museum in Cartersville, Georgia.
About the Tellus Science Museum
Originally the Weinman Mineral Museum, the museum reinvented itself and expanded its collection, reopening as the Tellus Science Museum in 2009.
The new and improved 120,000 square foot science museum houses the original mineral collection, a fossil gallery, a planetarium and more.
Weinman Mineral Gallery
The Weinman Mineral Gallery is a permanent exhibit that explores how the earth was formed. This exhibit houses some of Georgia’s most prized minerals.
This section of the museum contains an impressive display of fluorescent minerals and a large periodic table of elements demonstrating uses for each element.
You’ll also find the famous Cartersville Meteorite, which crash landed in a Cartersville home in 2009.
The Fossil Gallery is a permanent exhibit that explores millions of years of dinosaurs.
This exhibit contains a collection of Tyrannosaurus rex, saber-tooth cat, giant sloth, and Megalodon bones and recreated skeletons.
Millar Science in Motion Gallery
The Millar Science in Motion Gallery is a permanent exhibit that explores 100 years of changes in transportation technology, from the first car to explorations in space.
This exhibit contains fun vintage vehicles like the 1896 Ford Quadricycle as well as a replica of the Apollo I capsule.
More to See at the Tellus Science Museum
- Bentley Planetarium — Take a digital tour of the solar system and galaxies far, far away.
- Collins Family My Big Backyard — A hands-on interactive section for kids to explore and discover the world.
- Fossil Dig — Dig for dinosaur fossils, shark teeth, snail shells, and more.
- Vulcan Materials Gem Panning — Sift through water and sand to search for gems and stones.
- West Virginia University Solar House — Check out the latest innovations in solar technology and sustainable living.
Visiting the Tellus Science Museum
The museum is located very conveniently off I-75 at exit 293.
The Tellus Science Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is only closed on New Year’s Day, the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. The Solar House is open Thursday through Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and during special events.
Admission costs $17 for adults, $15 for seniors aged 65+, $13 for children aged 3-17 and students with ID. Admission is free for members and active military with ID, and half-price admission for active duty dependents with ID.
A planetarium show costs $3.75 for the first show and $2.25 for each additional show during a single visit.
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