Why Darwin?

October 19, 2011 at 8:57 pm Leave a comment

Evolution has been presented at Fernbank since our doors first opened in 1992 through a variety of programs, including the permanent exhibition A Walk Through Time in Georgia. However, the Museum’s newest special exhibition, Darwin, highlights the many elements of this subject in some new, different and exciting ways.

Visitors will peer into Darwin’s world as they join his voyage of discovery to encounter diverse species from the Galapagos, fascinating fossils, scientific tools, and the incredible discoveries of Charles Darwin (1809-1882). The exhibition offers an engaging and enlightening glimpse into the extraordinary life and mind of this incredible scientist, whose curiosity, observations and discoveries over 150 years ago about natural selection and evolution forever changed the perception of many species on Earth.

Ultimately, it is important to understand the science, including the observations and evidence, behind the theory, as the concepts apply far beyond one person’s research. Even today, evolutionary theory continues to drive scientific discovery in medicine, the environment and other fields, and these scientific advances have direct relevance to our lives and well-being.

Based on evidence from multiple scientific disciplines, evolution is regarded as the major unifying concept in science, and Fernbank remains committed to presenting the facts of natural history as they are currently understood and accepted by a consensus of the scientific community.

For those visitors whose favorite elements of natural history are found in our other exhibitions, we welcome you to continue visiting our live animals and hands-on exploration in Fernbank NatureQuest, the interactive exploration of science in Sensing Nature, the incredible cultural objects and belief systems explored in Reflections of Culture, the world of dinosaurs and prehistory in Giants of the Mesozoic, the archaeological investigation of Native American culture upon the arrival of Europeans in DeSoto’s Footsteps, and even the incredible realm of the moon, stars and  beyond in the IMAX® film Hubble.

However, don’t miss the opportunity to explore the newest special exhibition because ultimately, Darwin reveals all that’s fascinating about discovering the world around you and ignites the curiosity to explore regardless of anyone’s initial reaction to the science of evolution. Come explore for yourself, even the savviest science buffs are bound to learn something new.

—James Hays, Vice President of Exhibitions


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