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Imagine That! and Future Tech founder Kelly Williams has always loved science and art—up until her children were toddlers, she had spent her life building a career as an environmental engineer working for the EPA. But when she began volunteering as a leader of art and science programs at her local church and school, she unexpectedly discovered that she loved teaching children even more. Since 1995, Imagine That! and Future Tech learning centers have fostered a passion for science and technology in students aged 3 through 14. Alongside hands-on, age-appropriate instruction in the basics of physics, chemistry, and simple machines, the kids learn to work futuristic wonders such as building and programming robots to navigate obstacle courses and follow instructions. Science camps and workshops at locations all over the Atlanta metropolitan area give children a firm foundation in the sciences and prepare them for tomorrow’s world of ever-more-advanced computers and automatic doors.

185 Sams St
Decatur,
GA
US

  • Size: more than a million Native American and European artifacts and dinosaurs big enough to pose as parade balloons, plus 12,000 square feet of special exhibitions
  • Eye Catcher: the recreated skeleton of a Giganotosaurus, the world's largest carnivorous dinosaur
  • Permanent Mainstay: _A Walk Through Time in Georgia_—15 galleries that chart the development of Earth and how Georgia's plant and animal life has changed over time
  • Hands-On Activities: play with acoustics and mirrors, or step inside a mock television studio to give a weather broadcast
  • Don't Miss: the museum's floor, which is covered in 40,000 limestone tiles containing fossil remains
  • Pro Tip: visitors can download the museum's mobile app for assistance in navigating exhibits and additional information
  • Special Programs: science lectures, special activity days held throughout the year, and Martinis & IMAX, evenings that pair educational films with cocktails, small plates, and live music special activity days throughout the year are included with the Groupon. .

767 Clifton Rd. NE
Atlanta,
GA
US

Tiberius, Rome's second emperor, stares at each visitor who enters the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University. His eyes are steady, his expression one of quiet contemplation, and his head?thanks to the Museum's in-house conservation team?a vision of white Parian marble. The Museum, located on Emory University's campus, exhibits more than 17,000 artifacts like this one. Through diverse displays, they transport visitors back to ancient Egypt, Nubia, Greece, Rome, the Near East, Africa, Asia, and the Americas.

Tiberius is certainly one of the Museum's more prominent pieces, but it is by no means the oldest. The Greek and Roman collection encompasses Neolithic works that stretch back to 4,000 BC. Egyptian exhibits travel back even further into civilization's earliest prehistory. Many of the coffins and mummies come from one of Emory's own, Professor William Shelton. He traveled to Egypt in 1920, and among other things, brought back the oldest Egyptian mummy in the Americas, the Old Kingdom Mummy.

Other galleries contain 2,300 objects from the ancient Americas. More still travel deep into South Asia, allowing visitors to view one of the Museum's more significant pieces: a rare sculpture of the 18-armed cosmic Vishnu above his numerous attendants?a reflection of the stunning artistry of India's medieval period.

Such a sprawling and eclectic collection would perhaps be overwhelming if not for the Museum's educational programs. History and art experts lead tours and teach classes for both adults and children, including a regularly occurring session on Saturdays known as "Artful Stories at the Museum." During these free events, kids hear stories of ancient civilizations, before creating their own works of art based on the day's teachings.

571 S Kilgo Cir NE
Atlanta,
GA
US

767 Clifton Rd NE
Atlanta,
GA
US