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Tellus Museum and planetarium a hit with visitors


The Planetarium at Tellus Northwest Georgia Science Museum got its 100,000 visitor this week. AJC/Jamie Gumbrecht

It’s been a busy year for the Tellus Northwest Georgia Science Museum in Cartersville. It opened in January, announced its Smithsonian Affiliate status in September and has already surpassed expectations for first-year attendance.

Museum officials said this week they expect the 120,000-square foot museum to hit the 200,000-visitor mark for the year — 50,000 more than expected. Just this week, a 7 year-old visiting with his family became the 100,000 visitor to the 120-seat planetarium inside the museum.

I’ve written before about the museum before, but never given the planetarium the attention it deserves: it offers four different shows throughout the day, with topics ranging from space travel, to the sun, to an animated children’s show, to “Mystery of the Christmas Star,” a show that will run through the holidays. New shows debut every few months.

Now that holiday breaks have started for most of metro Atlanta, this might be a good activity to add to the entire family’s list.

Have you visited? What did you think? Will you go back?

Want to go? Tellus: Northwest Georgia Science Museum. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. every day, closed Christmas and New Year’s Day. $8-$12, free for members and active military. 100 Tellus Dr., Cartersville. 770-606-5700,

  • Museum admission is required for planetarium shows. $3 for planetarium tickets, $2 for a second planetarium show during a visit, $2 for Basic Members, free for Leader ship Members. Check out the full planetarium schedule.

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December 20th, 2009
10:29 am

Tellus is a great place for the whole family, glad to hear they are being successful. We became members so we could go back often. We also like the Booth Western Art Museum, also up in Cartersville.