Tellus Science Museum

Tellus Science Museum Because science matters!
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Tellus is a world-class 120,000 square foot museum located in Cartersville, GA just off I-75 at exit 293. The museum’s exhibits open minds and ignite a passion for science. Tellus features four main galleries: The Weinman Mineral Gallery, The Fossil Gallery, Millar Science in Motion and The Collins Family My Big Backyard. A 120-seat digital planetarium and an observatory with a state-of-the-art 20-inch telescope is also located at Tellus. Eye-popping exhibits like an 80 foot-long Apatosaurus and a replica Wright flyer excite and amaze visitors of all ages. Children will have a blast conducting hands-on experiments with light, sound, magnets and more. Dazzling gems and minerals sparkle and glow alongside interactive exhibits demonstrating how the Earth moves and changes. Members - Free Adults - $15.95 + tax Children (3 - 17) - $11.95 + tax Student with ID - $11.95 + tax Active Military with ID - Free + 1/2 price admission for active duty dependents w/ID Seniors (65+) - $13.95 + tax

Mission: Because science matters, we engage, educate, and inspire visitors to make scientific connections through dynamic exhibits and enriching experiences.

In 2017, Tellus Science Museum opened a new solar house that reflects current advances in solar technology. It was desig...
07/11/2020

In 2017, Tellus Science Museum opened a new solar house that reflects current advances in solar technology. It was designed by students from West Virginia University and University of Roma Tor Vergata for the U.S. Department of Energy's 2015 Solar Decathlon.

The competition challenges students to create comfortable, sustainable homes powered by solar energy. We made a few design changes to make it suitable for permanent exhibition, but it still runs on solar. On sunny days, the house’s solar panels generate enough electricity to run everything and still send power back to the utility company (Georgia Power). Rain or shine, the solar house is currently open daily from 11 AM to 3 PM.
*schedule subject to change without notice
#TellusMuseum #BecauseScienceMatters #SolarDecathlon #WVU

Check out this cool photo of Comet Neowise taken this morning! Have you seen it yet?
07/10/2020

Check out this cool photo of Comet Neowise taken this morning! Have you seen it yet?

Comet NEOWISE taken this morning in Cartersville, GA just before 6 a.m.

#OnThisDay in 1962, the United States of America launched the first active real-time communications satellite Telstar 1....
07/10/2020

#OnThisDay in 1962, the United States of America launched the first active real-time communications satellite Telstar 1.
#TellusMuseum #BecauseScienceMatters #Telstar1 #July10
📸: NASA

07/08/2020

Set a reminder to #LookUp in the early morning hours. Comet #Neowise, recently discovered on March 27, 2020 survived its pass by the Sun on July 3. It can now can be seen with the naked eye in local skies. Look a little north of east around 4 AM in the morning until dawn. The comet will be low on the horizon but will get higher as we near dawn. It is located east of the constellation Auriga with the bright star Capella, and north of the Gemini twins with the two bright stars Pollux and Castor. The waning gibbous Moon will be up, too, making the sky bright. Best views will be away from bright urban lighting under clear dark skies. If your viewing area is less than ideal, try using a pair of binoculars to help find the comet.

#Comet Neowise will pass closest to the Earth, a mere 64 million miles away, on July 23, but is expected to get fainter. Since this is a new comet, it could surprise us!

The comet should be bright and visible until the weekend when it will begin to fade in brightness. If you miss it, don’t worry, it will be back… in 6,800 years.

#TellusMuseum #BecauseScienceMatters #CometNeowise #lookup

#OnThisDay, American astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt was born in 1868. While earning her bachelor's degree at Radcliff...
07/04/2020

#OnThisDay, American astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt was born in 1868. While earning her bachelor's degree at Radcliffe College, Leavitt was hired to measure and catalog the brightness of stars found in Harvard College Observatory's photographic plate collection. Leavitt would identify approximately 2,400 variable stars during her career! The approximate distance of variable stars, or stars whose brightness changes, can be measured using Leavitt's Law.
#TellusMuseum #BecauseScienceMatters #July4
📸: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

About 25 million years ago, the oceans were a dangerous place. Megalodon, an ancient shark that could reach lengths of m...
06/30/2020

About 25 million years ago, the oceans were a dangerous place. Megalodon, an ancient shark that could reach lengths of more than 50 feet and weigh more than 50 tons, was the ultimate predator. It feasted on whales and other sea creatures. Paleontologists have determined megalodon’s size based on its teeth. The largest tooth found is 7 inches long! The reconstruction of a gaping megalodon jaw on display at Tellus Science Museum stretches 7 feet high and 9.5 feet wide. Have you taken your picture in front of it? Show us in the comments!
#TellusMuseum #BecauseScienceMatters #Megalodon

The Curatorial Department at Tellus Science Museum takes care of the many objects on display plus those in storage. From...
06/29/2020

The Curatorial Department at Tellus Science Museum takes care of the many objects on display plus those in storage. From minerals to cars to space artifacts and fossils, the wide range of the collection means keeping track of over 20,000 items. To make it easier, each item is given a unique number. Its location, condition, and any important information are entered into a computer database. But knowing where they are isn’t the only thing curatorial staff needs to know. The temperature and humidity are recorded in both the galleries and in storage to ensure that the best conditions for the objects are maintained. When not on display, objects are stored in acid-free containers and out of the light. Maintaining the right conditions prevents damage. The curatorial staff works hard to make sure all of these objects will be preserved for generations of visitors to come.

Pictured: In addition to all of their other duties, the Curatorial staff is also tasked with making sure Orville Wright always looks his best. He gets a little dusty hanging out on the Wright Flyer every day.
#TellusMuseum #BecauseScienceMatters #WrightFlyer #ExploreGA #VisitCartersville

Tellus Science Museum has been a Smithsonian Affiliations museum since 2009. That means that our museum meets the Smiths...
06/26/2020

Tellus Science Museum has been a Smithsonian Affiliations museum since 2009. That means that our museum meets the Smithsonian’s high standards of professional care of the museum’s collections and in offering engaging public programming. Tellus also benefits from having direct access to the Smithsonian's vast collections and the expertise of their curators. Over the years, this has helped us create temporary exhibitions including: Jeweled Objects of Desire, From Clay to Copper: Minerals and Artifacts from Etowah, and The World at Your Fingertips: the Technology behind Smartphones. In addition, we have been able to schedule speakers, arrange for long term loans, and receive grants and content for public programming. The Smithsonian has been a great partner to work with over the years, and we are planning more exhibits using objects from their collections in the near future.

Pictured: Tellus Executive Director Jose Santamaria (C) and Director of Curatorial Services Amy Gramsey (R) inspect one of the artifacts used in the Etowah exhibit during a visit to one of the Smithsonian’s collections storage vaults. At left is Caroline Mah, our Smithsonian program manager at the time.

After seeing some of our most dazzling minerals and fossils on exhibit at Tellus Science Museum, we often get asked wher...
06/25/2020

After seeing some of our most dazzling minerals and fossils on exhibit at Tellus Science Museum, we often get asked where one can go to collect on their own. Our recommendation is that you join a club!

Some of our local gem and mineral clubs have been organizing collecting trips for more than 50 years. Club members often have access to a collecting trip almost every weekend. Some destinations may be a bit far to travel, but you have to go to where the rocks are! Plus, you get expert assistance from club members who are always happy to show you what to do.

Clubs that we've worked closely with are Georgia Mineral Society and Cobb County Gem and Mineral Society. Both clubs are big and organize many trips. We've compiled a list of other clubs in Georgia that may be closer to where you live. Happy rock hunting!
#TellusMuseum #BecauseScienceMatters #ExploreGA

This three-quarter-inch gold nugget was found in Yahoola Creek in Lumpkin County, Georgia, and can be seen on exhibit at...
06/23/2020
Georgia Gold at Tellus Science Museum - jigsaw puzzle (198 pieces)

This three-quarter-inch gold nugget was found in Yahoola Creek in Lumpkin County, Georgia, and can be seen on exhibit at Tellus Science Museum. Georgia gold is some of the purest in the world. It is also a soft metal. Nuggets are easily shaped as they bump other rocks in river bottoms, creating their characteristic swirls and dimples, which also makes for an interesting puzzle. Try it out here: https://www.jigsawplanet.com/?rc=play&pid=068fa2e41f7b
Photo credit: Jeff Scovil

Free online jigsaw puzzle game

Z is for Zeolites, a group of silicate minerals that have water molecules in their formulas. Their crystals structure ha...
06/22/2020

Z is for Zeolites, a group of silicate minerals that have water molecules in their formulas. Their crystals structure has spaces that can trap impurities in water, so they are used in filters. Many zeolites are spiky looking, such as this scolecite on exhibit in the Weinman Mineral Gallery at Tellus Science Museum.
#MuseumAlphabet #Zeolite #TellusMuseum #BecauseScienceMatters
📸: Scolecite from Mumbai, India by Jeff Scovil

Y is for Yttrium, element 39 on the Periodic Table of Elements. It was discovered in 1787 by Carl Axel Arrhenius in the ...
06/21/2020

Y is for Yttrium, element 39 on the Periodic Table of Elements. It was discovered in 1787 by Carl Axel Arrhenius in the town of Ytterby, Sweden. It is most commonly used in white LEDs and for making synthetic garnets.
#MuseumAlphabet #Yttrium #TellusMuseum #BecauseScienceMatters
📸: Jan Askelt CC 4.0

X is for Planet X, the name given in 1894 for a planet that was theorized to be beyond the orbit of Neptune. The planet ...
06/20/2020

X is for Planet X, the name given in 1894 for a planet that was theorized to be beyond the orbit of Neptune. The planet was discovered in 1930 by amateur astronomer Clyde Tombaugh. The planet was later named Pluto, which is now considered a dwarf planet. Today, Planet X is the name given for a possible Neptune-size planet thought to exist beyond Pluto's orbit. This should not be confused with the doomsday planet Nibiru, which does not exist and is only discussed by pseudoscientists.
#MuseumAlphabet #PlanetX #TellusMuseum #BecauseScienceMatters
📸: NASA

06/19/2020

Thank you all for entering our contest! The winner of the ticket giveaway is Tori Parrot Ruff! You tagged Emma Willbanks in your winning comment, so she also wins a set of tickets. Enjoy your visit to Tellus Science Museum! 👏🦖💎🚀

W is for Weinman Mineral Museum, the original name of our museum. The museum was named for William Weinman, a mining and...
06/19/2020

W is for Weinman Mineral Museum, the original name of our museum. The museum was named for William Weinman, a mining and industrial entrepreneur in Cartersville, GA who mined barite and invented many uses for ground calcium carbonate. The Weinman Mineral Museum opened in 1983, closed in 2007, and reopened as Tellus Science Museum in 2009.
#MuseumAlphabet #WeinmanMineralMuseum #TellusMuseum #BecauseScienceMatters
📸: Jose Santamaria

"The air moves like a river and carries the clouds with it; just like running water carries all things that float upon i...
06/18/2020

"The air moves like a river and carries the clouds with it; just like running water carries all things that float upon it." - Leonardo da Vinci

Tellus Science Museum reopens on Saturday, June 20 with a brand-new special exhibit in place. Be sure to check out Machines in Motion and learn about one of the most innovative engineers in history! Advance timed ticket purchase required. Tickets available at www.tellusmuseum.org

V is for Volunteers. Tellus Science Museum Volunteers have contributed over 134,000 service hours since our opening in J...
06/18/2020

V is for Volunteers. Tellus Science Museum Volunteers have contributed over 134,000 service hours since our opening in January 2009! As a nonprofit, the museum relies on volunteers to help us create a fun and educational experience for our guests. Volunteer duties can include engaging with guests in gem panning and fossil dig, teaching visitors about our solar house, and mastering the universe in the planetarium. They are the backbone of every Tellus event!
#MuseumAlphabet #Volunteers #TellusMuseum #BecauseScienceMatters
📸: Tellus Science Museum

Today's jigsaw puzzle features our 1896 Ford Quadricycle. Henry Ford's first automobile, the Quadricycle, was so named b...
06/17/2020
1896 Ford Quadricycle at Tellus Science Museum - jigsaw puzzle (198 pieces)

Today's jigsaw puzzle features our 1896 Ford Quadricycle. Henry Ford's first automobile, the Quadricycle, was so named because it used four bicycle wheels.

At Tellus Science Museum, many of the exhibits in the Science in Motion gallery are mounted above mirrors. This provides guests a chance to see the underside of some of the exhibits. It also makes for a difficult puzzle! Check it out here: https://www.jigsawplanet.com/?rc=play&pid=17cc80e0abec

Free online jigsaw puzzle game

U is for uranium which is number 92 in the periodic table and named after the planet Uranus. It is a naturally radioacti...
06/17/2020

U is for uranium which is number 92 in the periodic table and named after the planet Uranus. It is a naturally radioactive element and its isotopes are used to power nuclear power plants. Uranium minerals can be very colorful such as the torbenite pictured here.
#MuseumAlphabet #Uranium #TellusMuseum #BecauseScienceMatters
📸: Didier Descouens

06/16/2020
Win FREE Tickets to Tellus Science Museum

*** THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED. ***
Are you ready for an out of this world experience? Now's your chance to win tickets to Tellus Science Museum! All you have to do is "like" this post and tag a friend who'd like to visit, too! Tag as many friends as you'd like, because each comment will count as an entry. You AND the friend you tag will EACH win a family four pack of tickets, including a planetarium show. Each family pack is valued at $77.80 each. Contest ends Friday, June 19, 2020 at 2:00 PM. The winners will be announced soon after the contest closing.

RULES: The winners must call the museum at (770) 606-5700 within 7 days of the closing of the contest to reserve your timed ticket date and time. Must present valid ID at the museum on the day your wish to redeem your tickets. Tickets are non-transferable and have no resale value.

This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook.

Are you planning to visit with us on reopening day this Saturday, June 20? Make plans to have lunch in the Cafe. We had ...
06/16/2020

Are you planning to visit with us on reopening day this Saturday, June 20? Make plans to have lunch in the Cafe. We had our health inspection yesterday and scored 💯! Advance timed tickets are on sale now at www.tellusmuseum.org.

T is for Tellus, the Roman goddess of the Earth. Tellus Science Museum was named after her because of the museum's Earth...
06/16/2020

T is for Tellus, the Roman goddess of the Earth. Tellus Science Museum was named after her because of the museum's Earth Science origins, and because of the pun "tell us". Element 52, tellurium, is also named after the goddess Tellus. Minerals containing tellurium and gold are called tellurides, and the Colorado mining town Telluride was named after this mineral. The town is now a popular ski resort.
#MuseumAlphabet #Tellus #TellusMuseum #BecauseScienceMatters
📸: Jean-Pierre Dalbéra

S is for Staurolite. Staurolite is a mineral that forms in metamorphic rocks and is the state mineral of Georgia. Twinne...
06/15/2020

S is for Staurolite. Staurolite is a mineral that forms in metamorphic rocks and is the state mineral of Georgia. Twinned crystals forming at 90 degrees are called "fairy crosses".
#MuseumAlphabet #Staurolite #TellusMuseum #BecauseScienceMatters
📸: Jeff Scovil

If you have an electric vehicle, you can charge up at Tellus Science Museum! In 2015, supported by the Black Bear Solar ...
06/15/2020

If you have an electric vehicle, you can charge up at Tellus Science Museum! In 2015, supported by the Black Bear Solar Institute, Tellus installed four chargers: two Tesla High Power Wall Connectors and two ClipperCreek, Inc. HCS-60. Though the exact range you get varies depending on the car, you can get roughly 20 miles per hour of charge. Charging is free for guests from 8 AM to 5:30 PM. And while you’re waiting on a charge, be sure to check out the electric vehicles on display in the museum: a 1903 Waverly Electric Road Wagon and an EV1, one of the few remaining of the first modern electric car.
#Tesla #ElectricCar #TellusMuseum #BlackBearSolarInstitute #ClipperCreek

R is for reflection. Reflection is the return of light or sound waves from a surface.#MuseumAlphabet #Reflection #Tellus...
06/14/2020

R is for reflection. Reflection is the return of light or sound waves from a surface.
#MuseumAlphabet #Reflection #TellusMuseum #BecauseScienceMatters

#OnThisDay in 1911, Louis Alvarez was born. Alvarez was a Nobel Prize-winning physicist but is best remembered for his c...
06/13/2020

#OnThisDay in 1911, Louis Alvarez was born. Alvarez was a Nobel Prize-winning physicist but is best remembered for his contributions to geology. In 1981, he and his geologist son Walter analyzed a clay layer between Cretaceous and Paleogene rocks and uncovered evidence of an asteroid impact that may have caused the extinction of most dinosaurs. The theory generated controversy within the scientific community until more evidence was found in the following years including an impact site off the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico that is dated to the end of the Cretaceous. Their theory is now widely accepted as a probable cause of dinosaur extinction.
#June13 #TellusMuseum #BecauseScienceMatters
📸: US Government – Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Louis (L) and Walter (R) examine the boundary between Cretaceous and Paleogene rocks in 1981.

Q is for Quadruped. An animal that walks on four feet is a quadraped. Brontosaurus and mastodons are quadrapeds while T....
06/13/2020

Q is for Quadruped. An animal that walks on four feet is a quadraped. Brontosaurus and mastodons are quadrapeds while T. rex is a biped because it walks on two feet.
#MuseumAlphabet #Quadruped #TellusMuseum #BecauseScienceMatters
📸: Kristin Faye Dial

We are looking forward to welcoming our members back into the museum tomorrow (Saturday, June 13, 2020)! This will be a ...
06/12/2020

We are looking forward to welcoming our members back into the museum tomorrow (Saturday, June 13, 2020)! This will be a new experience for YOU and FOR US. So, while you're visiting the museum, be sure to let us know what works and what we could do better. We value your opinion and hope you'll be patient with us while we do our best to provide you with the quality experience you've come to expect. Remember, advance reservations are required by visiting www.tellusmuseum.org Tickets are also on sale now for general public visitation which begins June 20.

P is for Planetarium. A planetarium is a special theater where there is a dome-shaped screen overhead. The planetarium h...
06/12/2020

P is for Planetarium. A planetarium is a special theater where there is a dome-shaped screen overhead. The planetarium has a projector that recreates the night and daytime skies on the special screen. Modern planetaria have been in use in America for the past 100 years.
#MuseumAlphabet #Planetarium #TellusMuseum #BecauseScienceMatters
📸: Tellus Science Museum

We received a generous donation of face coverings from donors Jim and Cindy Eaton! They gave 2 masks to every human empl...
06/11/2020

We received a generous donation of face coverings from donors Jim and Cindy Eaton! They gave 2 masks to every human employee. We managed to find a suitable face covering for the non-human employee, too. When you visit Tellus Science Museum, you'll see all of our staff members wearing face coverings to protect you. While we don't require you to wear one, we do encourage it. You can get your timed tickets online now at www.tellusmuseum.org

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100 Tellus Dr
Cartersville, GA
30120

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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I took this photo this morning looking over Lake Lanier in Gainesville. It was so beautiful with the pink clouds.
Comet NEOWISE taken this morning in Cartersville, GA just before 6 a.m.
I curated the following five Climate Change themed digital art shows which were registered UN World Environment, Oceans and Desertification Day digital events and were published by over thirty museums around the world: 1. Atelier Teymur Rzayev First Digital Climate Change Art Show : https://www.mocc.cuhk.edu.hk/en-gb/hub-categories/news-and-developments/item/2256-atelier-teymur-rzayev-s-first-digital-climate-change-art-show-pinelo-art-gallery-20200527; 2. COVID-19: Selva Ozelli “Art in the Time of Corona”: https://www.facebook.com/527889230574675/posts/3281134275250143/ ; 3. Urbanization: Serife Akkan "One Door One Hundred Trees" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MT2snjDDVgc; 4. Biodiversity: Fatma Kadir "Bird Watching": https://www.facebook.com/522330390/posts/10163474037080391/?d=w; 5. Artic Melting: Semine Hazar "Sea Watcher": https://m.facebook.com/watch/?v=252274439370698
Are you going to continue to extend memberships and/or open the kids area. Don’t get me wrong, I understand why it’s closed, but I also don’t think it’s very unfair to “restart” my membership when my 4 year old couldn’t care less (not have the attention span) for anything else in the museum beyond The Backyard.
where is the best place for seeing the milky-way? I live in Ringgold
We loved the new Da Vinci exhibit so much! We were inspired to make our own hygrometer to measure the humidity after all the rain.
where is the best place to view the milky way in North GA? It is on my bucket list, and since I cannot to go Europe for my 25th wedding anniversary, I want to do this. Thanks
Atelier Teymur Rzayev First Digital Climate Change Art Show : https://www.mocc.cuhk.edu.hk/en-gb/hub-categories/news-and-developments/item/2256-atelier-teymur-rzayev-s-first-digital-climate-change-art-show-pinelo-art-gallery-20200527 was a registered UN World Environment Day and World Oceans Day digital event. Branches to this group show are Selva Ozelli “Art in the Time of Corona”: https://www.facebook.com/527889230574675/posts/3281134275250143/ ; Serife Akkan "One Door One Hundred Trees" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MT2snjDDVgc; Fatma Kadir "Bird Watching": https://www.facebook.com/522330390/posts/10163474037080391/?d=w; Semine Hazar "Sea Watcher": https://m.facebook.com/watch/?v=252274439370698 United Nations, ICCR, Notice Nature Ireland, Coachella Valley Celebrates World Environment Day, CUHK Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change
Tellus is a great place for the whole family to visit anytime.
Do you know when y’all will be able to open again?
Sure do miss my Tellus time! Can’t wait until we are able to get back to work! I have been keeping busy on the science end. Even found a new friend to work with! 😬
Are the Spring Break Science Escape activities intended for a certain age group?