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Tellus Museum Visit, Part 1: Introduction

I made a trip earlier this year to Tellus Museum in Cartersville, Georgia, while visiting family in Atlanta. Located about an hour north of Atlanta, Tellus Museum is an impressive natural history museum with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. I traveled with extended family, which included young children, and found the exhibits to be very conducive to all ages. All members of my party, ranging all ages, enjoyed their visit.


One of the highlights of the museum is their outstanding hall of minerals. Aside from the abundance of quality mineral specimens on exhibit, the displays are well-lit, spacious, and have good labels and associated reading material. The museum has an extensive collection of Georgia minerals, which is in all probability the best collection of this type on public display. Georgia cases include Graves Mountain, Jackson Crossroads Amethyst, Emerson Barites, and Georgia Gold. Many fine worldwide minerals are also represented at the museum, with different themes in each display case.


Prior to November 2007, the museum was known as the Weinman Mineral Museum. The museum closed and reopened in 2008 as Tellus Science Museum, expanding the museum beyond minerals to include additional science and technology displays, as well as hands-on features. Despite the expansion of the museum into other science areas, the original theme of minerals is still very much present and a primary attraction of the museum, along with fossils and dinosaur exhibits.


I had the privilege of meeting Jose Santamaria, the executive director of the museum, during my visit. He gave me a detailed tour of the museum and mineral hall, explaining each case and some of the minerals in detail. I had the opportunity to take many photos during this trip, which I am proud to share here on Minerals.net. The museum reports will be divided into several posts, composed of the following:

  • Georgia Display Cases
  • Individual Georgia Minerals
  • Graves Mountain Minerals
  • Worldwide Collection

The pictures in this post include general scenes of the Weinman Mineral Gallery and some highlights, as well as some of the gigantic "interest-catchers" that the museum has on exhibit.


Tellus Museum Weinman Mineral Gallery Plaques
Weinman Mineral Gallery Plaques


Entrance to the Mineral Exhibitions
Entrance to the Mineral Exhibitions


Perspective Photo of the Mineral Exhibitions
Perspective Photo of the Mineral Exhibitions


Tellus Museum Layout of the Mineral Cases. Pictorial Periodical Table is to the Left.
Layout of the Mineral Cases. Pictorial Periodical Table is to the Left.


Tellus Museum Pictorial Periodical Table of the Elements, with Examples of Each Element
Pictorial Periodical Table of the Elements, with Examples of Each Element.


Giant Brazilian Quartz geode near the Entrance of the Weinman Mineral Gallery at the Tellus Museum
Giant Brazilian Quartz geode near the Entrance of the Mineral Gallery


Giant Float Copper Boulder from the Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan Tellus Museum
Giant Float Copper Boulder from the Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan


Cartersville GA Meteorite that fell Nearby, on Display near the Mineral Hall Tellus Museum
Cartersville Meteorite that fell Nearby, on Display near the Mineral Hall


Cartersville Meteorite that fell Nearby, on Display near the Mineral Hall
Zoomed into the Cartersville Meteorite
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