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A visit to the Museum of Arts and Sciences is like a trip around the world! Where else can you see works of fine art, observe animals that live in tropical forests, study the culture of different civilizations, and even explore the wonders of outer space, all at one location?
ABOUT US Serving a regional audience of all ages and many interests, the Museum of Arts and Sciences is a community resource for life-long learning and enrichment. As Georgiaís largest museum devoted to the arts and sciences, the Museum seeks to engage visitors, evoke wonder, stimulate curiosity, and open minds to new worlds of discovery. Open seven days a week, the Museum serves 85,000 visitors annually, including 25,000 school children. In 2006, the Museum celebrated 50 years of service to Middle Georgia and beyond.
Because it has a broad mission and desires to serve numerous constituencies, the Museum showcases changing and permanent exhibitions in both the arts and sciences. The Museum presents an extensive schedule of changing exhibitions, many from its permanent collection, traveling exhibitions, or private collections.
THE DISCOVERY HOUSE The Discovery House features three floors of interactive exhibits exploring art, science, and humanities. The top floor features the Artistís Garret, which allows visitors to create their own works of art with simple supplies or sit quietly in the Dream Room, listening to the sounds surrounding them. The Humanistís Study, on the main level, showcases some of the Museumís permanent collections including butterflies, arrowheads, dolls, and much more. In the basement, Scientistís Workshop visitors can communicate through whisper tubes, figure out how things work at the workbenches, and dig for fossils in the Ziggy Dig, which is below an installation of the 40 million-year-old whale fossil, Zygorhiza.
THE MINI_ZOO Adjacent to the Discovery House, the Mini-Zoo is centered around a replica Banyan Tree and is home to the Museumís collection of live animals. Housing a variety of animal species, the Mini-Zoo contains forest, pond, and desert habitats. The Museumís living collection contains approximately 70 animals, including invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Tours of the Mini-Zoo are presented to visitors daily.
THE MARK SMITH PLANETARIUM The Mark Smith Planetarium has taken audiences on journeys through time and space for over 40 years. The planetarium's star projector recreates the night sky with over 4,000 twinkling stars. More than 30 computer controlled slide projectors, video projectors, special effects, and a surround sound system create environments for learning about the final frontier. Planetarium shows are presented daily. Each Friday, the Sky Over Macon program provides the latest information about current and upcoming celestial events. The Museum Observatory features several telescopes for taking close-up looks at far-out celestial objects. The observatory is open every Friday night when the sky is clear and also during special astronomical events.
BROWNíS MOUNT Brown's Mount is a 200-acre satellite site offering environmental education in a natural setting. Located at the transition between the Piedmont and the Coastal Plain southeast of Macon, the Mount is a rise of red clay with a limestone cap marking the fall line, a prehistoric ocean shoreline. This mixed hardwood / pine forest overlooks the 6,000 acre Bond Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Multiple habitats, microhabitats, and wildlife are available for study at Brownís Mount.
GEORGIA POWER SWEET GUM TRAIL AND ELAM ALEXANDER OUTDOOR CLASSROOM Offering visitors a wonderful view of native plants and animals, a pond, and the historic Kingfisher Cabin, the writing retreat of Henry Stillwell Edward, the Georgia Power Sweet Gum Trail is available for guided and unguided tours.