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‘Gold’ exhibition to open at Fernbank Museum on Sept. 26

The title of an exhibition to open at Fernbank Musem of Natural History next month pretty much says it all: “Gold.”

What will you see when it debuts Sept. 26? Ancient jewelry, doubloons from sunken Spanish galleons, Oscars, Emmys, Grammys, oh my! Indeed, lots and lots of gold.

A crystallized gold specimen found in Leadville, Colorado. Denis Finnin/American Museum of Natural History

Fernbank’s announcement said the exhibition is split into seven sections that cover mineralogy and geology, mining, gold in culture, art and fashion, treasure, world economies, symbols of success. There’s a section on Georgia’s local connection, too, from the Dahlonega Gold Rush to the gold dome at the State Capitol.

The exhibition also will include a photography exhibition, “Georgia’s Heart of Gold,” with work by student photographers from the Portfolio Center.

This is a touring exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History, in cooperation with The Houston Museum of Natural Science.

“Gold” just eneded a run at the Anchorage Museum — another gold town — and here’s what an Associated Press story about the exhibition and museum said:

…visitors encounter a bold, high-end interior in yellow and red. The wow factor hits right away. Very New York. Very L.A.

And it doesn’t stop there, it just takes on a new hue with the new exhibit titled “Gold” – one of the 10 most popular traveling museum exhibitions in the world.

Here’s a short video about it from the Anchorage Museum.

Want to go? “Gold” runs Sept. 26 through Jan. 3, 2010 at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road, N.E., Atlanta. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. on Sunday. $13-15, free for children ages 2 and younger and members. 404-929-6300, www.fernbankmuseum.org.

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