Our partners are so important and we accomplish a lot together. CCGMS is just one part of the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies and is a member of the Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Inc.

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The American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AFMS), founded in 1947, promotes the popular interest and education in various Earth Sciences. The American Federation of Mineralogical Societies is made up from
seven (7) different gem, mineral, and lapidary societies from across the United States.

The Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Inc. (SFMS), founded in 1976, seeks to promote the study of Earth Sciences and the practice of Lipdary Arts and Crafts throughout the Southeastern part of the United States and is comprised from more than 80 local clubs and societies east of the Mississipi and south of North Carolina.

Tellus Science Museum opened in 2009. Located on a 50-acre park-like setting in Cartersville, GA, the museum provides unique science experiences to 200,000 visitors a year. Nowhere else in the Southeast can one find exhibits and programs on rocks and minerals, dinosaurs, transportation technology, hands-on science, astronomy, and alternative energies all offered by one institution. It is a world-class 120,000 square foot museum located just off I-75 at exit 293. The museum’s exhibits open minds and ignite a passion for science.

Eye-popping exhibits like an 80 foot-long Apatosaurus and a replica Wright flyer excite and amaze visitors of all ages. Children will have a blast conducting hands-on experiments with light, sound, magnets and more. Dazzling gems and minerals sparkle and glow alongside interactive exhibits demonstrating how the Earth moves and changes.

Galleries and Spaces 

Weinman Mineral Gallery: showcasing the best mineral collection in the Southeast featuring Georgia gems and minerals. The Vault is a special exhibits gallery is located within the Weinman Mineral Gallery. 

Fossil Gallery: walk through a timeline spanning hundreds of millions of years with Southeastern dinosaurs, giant marine reptiles, and large Ice Age mammals. 

Science in Motion: planes, trains, automobiles, and space including artifacts from the Apollo space program and a real Moon Rock from NASA. The Crossroads Gallery is a special exhibits gallery is located within Science in Motion. 

Collins Family My Big Backyard: an interactive gallery that features exhibits on light, magnetism, sound, weather, and a giant walk-in tree. The Discovery Garden is a special exhibits space is located within My Big Backyard

Vulcan Materials Gem Panning and the Fossil Dig: hands-on spaces where one can pan for gems to take home and dig for fossils to find one to keep. 

Planetarium: this immersive sky theater, the most visited planetarium of its size in the country, takes visitors on a virtual journey through the solar system, our galaxy, and beyond.  It is digitally linked to an on-site observatory with a state-of-the-art 20-inch telescope and supports many planned observational events each year.

Outdoor Exhibits: visitors can wander around a solar house, wind turbine, mining machinery, and a boulder garden throughout the 50-acre campus.

Our Mission: Because science matters, we engage, educate, and inspire visitors to make scientific connections through dynamic exhibits and enriching experiences.


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