History tends to repeat itself, which means there’s a good chance you’ll get run over by another war elephant. Admire what history has taught us thus far with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get a one-year Signalman membership to Thronateeska Heritage Center (a $50 value), which includes free year-round passes to planetarium movies for two adults and four children (a $3.50 value each), as well as a subscription to Georgia Backroads magazine (a $27 value).
Thronateeska Heritage Center provides an exploration of science and South Georgian history through an interactive science center and history museum, both of which are free to the public, as well as a planetarium. Wetherbee Planetarium’s SciDome hi-def projection system, 40-foot diameter dome, and surround-sound system is the first of its kind in the world, launching reclining stargazers into celestial vistas with a higher definition than the actual night sky. Get sucked into shows, including the Liam Neeson-narrated Black Holes: the Other Side of Infinity, a harrowing journey to the formation of the early universe, the birth and death of stars, and premium-boosting collisions of giant galaxies. Or bring your cosmic dowsing rod to Oasis in Space, a beautiful voyage through the universe on a quest to find liquid water, a key ingredient in the delicious recipe of life. Two more shows focus on the nature of molecules and the history of the telescope.
Pre- or postshow, explore the rest of the Center's past-lauding outposts. Walk through Albany’s historic Union Station to see how railroad technology transformed the South, whistle appreciatively at an actual steam locomotive, and see an ouroboros-like H0-scale model railway exhibit inside a train car. Vintage trendsetters looking for ideas should check out the textile exhibit A Thread in Time, featuring heritage quilts as well as stylish duds spanning a century. Members can tote along the latest issue of Georgia Backroads to read between exhibits or during Center-bound travel. The entire museum (planetarium, science museum, history museum, and railroad equipment collection) is only open Thursday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
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100 W Roosevelt Ave.
Albany, Georgia 31701