Georgia State Museum of Science and Industry

Georgia State Museum of Science and Industry includes extensive exhibits depicting the natural history of Georgia. The state's wildlife is shown in natural settings, and rocks and minerals from every county in Georgia are showcased. Indian artifacts from four prehistoric cultural periods, dating back over 2,500 years, provide an Indian heritage exhibit. Groups will learn about their state’s history through tattered and torn flags of Georgia regiments from the War Between the States, the Spanish-American War, and World War I, as well as four cases of model airplanes depicting the development of aviation to the latest space shuttle.

Contact Info
Address: 206 State Capitol, Atlanta, GA 30334. Fulton County. Tel: 404-656-2846. Website: www.libs.edu/capitolmuseum. Hrs: Mon.-Fri. 10AM-12PM. 

Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 30 min. Cost: Free. 

Museums Fun Facts

Museums are collections - of artifacts, paintings, etc. Talk about what types of collections campers have at home – be they stamps, baseball cards, or other items.

Use this comparison to frame some activities: talk about how museum collections came to be. Who collected and gathered the items on display? Compare this to how campers gathered their own collections at home. Also talk about (both with campers and museum staff) how the exhibits at the museum are arranged – such as the lighting and temperature for a certain exhibit.

Have campers set up a “Trip Museum” back at camp, consisting of items they’ve obtained on field trips; think of it as a group show and tell, where everyone participates and contributes to the collection.