Virtual Field Trip: Tellus Science Museum

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Last Friday, we visited the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, Georgia. At first, I thought it would be fun to do another “day in the life” photo journal page. Then, about halfway through the visit, it occurred to me that a virtual field trip post would be fun.

So, are you ready to visit Tellus?

The Tellus Science Museum is an incredible, 12,000 square foot museum featuring 4 galleries – the Weinman Mineral Gallery, Fossil Gallery, Science in Motion, and a great, hands-on area for kids called My Big Back Yard. It also offers gem panning and a Planetarium.

Tellus is a fair drive for us, so we had to get up early – or closer to normal time for most people.

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It was a gorgeous drive with the fall colors turning the mountains into an explosion of color against the cerulean sky. We couldn’t, of course, visit the museum hungry, so surely you know where we stopped.

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We had a tray full of yummy goodness…

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…and a little taste of heaven (sweet tea, of course!).

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Of course, I had my standard fare: a grilled chicken sandwich, side salad, and the two fries that the kids know they have to give me – just enough to keep me from feeling deprived.

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Josh said his sandwich loved him as much as he loved it because his chicken was shaped like a heart.

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After lunch, it was on to Tellus.

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The first thing you see, upon entering, is this awesome pendulum.

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It has a name, but I forgot it and, unfortunately, it’s not on their website, but it is so cool. Based on the rotation of the Earth, the pendulum knocks over one of the little, colored blocks you see about every ten minutes. It takes 48 hours for it to knock them all over.

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And, of course, this giant guy greets you as you step into the main part of the museum:

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Our first stop was the rock lab where we learned about the three different rock types – perfect since this is what Josh and Megan have been studying in science. Since it was a small group, the parents got in on the action, too.

First, we sorted a group of rocks into igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic.

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Then, we identified the rocks within each group. Great, hands-on fun!

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And, there may or may not have been a little goofing off.

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Next up was panning for gems, which was one of my favorite parts of the trip.

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Next up was the Weinman mineral gallery which was filled with all kinds of cool stuff. Since we’ve been studying the Earth’s layers, I enjoyed this 3-D model showing the layers.

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There were phosphorus minerals that glowed under black light…

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…a giant ball of obsidian…

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…and this display of a meteorite that hit a house in Cartersville, GA in 2009:

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There was even a tube of ash from the Mt. Saint Helen’s explosion.

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Petrified wood:

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We watched a movie in the Planetarium where you sit in chairs that recline so that you can view the dome-shaped screen above you. Our favorite part was seeing the night sky as it would look with no pollution or lights. Gorgeous!

After the film, we were free to explore. We enjoyed looking at all the different vehicle types in the Science in Motion Gallery.

A model of the 1903 Wright Flyer:

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Our final stop was the Fossil Gallery.

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It was somewhere around this point where I was asked if I could please control my husband. Oh, if only I knew how. Men never really outgrow the boy inside them.

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We had a great time at the Tellus Science Museum. I hope you enjoyed joining us!

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Before we left, we managed to see the pendulum knock over one of the blocks – a highlight of the trip! Really, it was cool.

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New friends were made and phone numbers were exchanged.

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Did you enjoy the field trip? 

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20 Comments

  1. Thanks for the virtual field trip!  We're in Rome, and haven't made it to Tellus yet.  I didn't realize that they had those old cars.  My oldest has just finished a few biographies about Henry Ford, so we might have to go and actually see those cars he invented (as well as all the other cool stuff)!
    Thanks!
    Melanie

  2. This looks like so much fun. Wish we could have visited there when we lived up there. Hmm.. maybe a trip is in order. 😉

  3. We visited Tellus when we were in Georgia visiting family in Sept. Great place. We loved the pendullum, too. The girls stood there until they saw one of the blocks get knocked over. We also loved the hands on science area with the light, sound, life cycle, simple machine, etc exhibits. Thanks for the virtual trip 🙂

  4. That looks like a great museum. We have a terrific science center that we go to often in Orlando. I should do a post like this. 🙂 I love the name of your blog! Funny and cute! 

  5. I am so glad you did this.  We only live about an hour to an hour and a half from this museum.  Now I know it is worth the drive!  I am glad you are close to my area if  you do this again.  I will get to know what the good museums are!

  6. Awesome field trip!  Looks like you had a lot of fun…thanks for sharing it with us.  We'll definitely try to work in a visit next time we head that way:)  Love your family photo too.

  7. Fabulous- we love Tellus! I graduated from Calhoun High School & went to Dalton College! beautiful area- I mostly grew up in Florida though and live here now at the beach with my family. We attended the big homeschool convention in Atlanta last year- perhaps we will get to meet you there sometime 🙂 God Bless-

  8. Thanks for linking up to the Field trip Hop.  Looks like a great museum.  I miss chick fillet as there aren't any in the UK:)

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