FERNBANK AFTER DARK: A FUN & UNIQUE WAY TO ‘DATE NIGHT’ MUSEUM-STYLE

When we say that Atlanta attractions are meant for all ages, we mean it: even Millennials and adults looking for kid-free date nights. From the Atlanta History Center’s Party with the Past nights to Sips Under the Sea at Georgia Aquarium, there’s fortunately no shortage of ways for grownups to get in on the fun.

Fernbank After Dark: A Fun & Unique Way To 'Date Night' Museum-Style
Courtesy of Fernbank

The freshest series on the scene is hosted by Fernbank Museum of Natural History. While Martinis and IMAX was beloved and long-running, even trusted standbys can benefit from a refresh. Enter Fernbank After Dark, a monthly after-hours series that blends science activities, art, mixology, live music, and more.

We were able to check out the installment, themed “Art + Science.” Each level of the museum featured activations, such as live demonstrations by local street artists, including Evereman. We caught the “Free Art Friday Atlanta” documentary screening in the museum’s Star Gallery before getting a firsthand look at some of the #FAFATL pieces. Tip: search this hashtag each week, as Atlanta artists continue to drop art around the city!

Beyond activations that change each month, entry to Fernbank After Dark means you have access to the museum’s permanent and rotating exhibitions, like the “Mammoths and Mastodons” that was there when we visited – and the recently opened WildWoods and Fernbank Forest.

Patrons can enjoy light bites in the café and drinks from one of the many cash bars set up in the space (prices range from $6-10 for beer, wine, and cocktails).

Paying the slightly higher admission rate that includes a Giant Screen Theater movie showing is well worth it, we feel. With an hour leading up to our screening of Mammoths and Mastodons, we were able to grab drinks, make some silly faces in the museum photo booth, explore the artist demonstrations, and learn a little about mastodons. Seeing the film really did put the exhibit in context.

On the whole, Fernbank After Dark is an ideal date night experience for those who may not have been back to the museum in quite a while (anyone else have fond memories of those eighth grade field trips?). You’ll get nostalgic about the things that haven’t changed—The World of Shells is still a cool exhibit, hands down—and revel in the “21 and up” takeover of what is traditionally a family-friendly space.

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