Experience ‘Monster Fish’ Like Never Before with Interactive Exhibition
Dive beneath the surface of the world’s rivers at Fernbank Museum this summer to explore some of the most amazing fish species with life-size sculptures, custom illustrations, videos, and hands-on activities in the National Geographic exhibition, Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants, on view June 8 through Aug. 18 with their new exhibit.
In addition to highlighting the biology of more than 20 species and their diverse freshwater ecosystems, the exhibition also explores the cultural ties between the fish and local people. From mythical tales and storied traditions to threats and conservation efforts, visitors will leave with a greater understanding of the connection between humans, fish and the natural environment.
“Monster Fish is an especially powerful exhibition for Fernbank. Conservation of aquatic ecosystems is a huge issue today, both in the ocean and in freshwater,” said Fernbank’s Director of Education Sarah Arnold. “Monster Fish gives us a look at some incredible species that most people would never know about, as well as a chance to highlight Georgia’s own unique and special fish and the conservation issues right here, close to home.”
Enormous in size and rapidly dwindling in number, the fish featured in Monster Fish play critical roles in their freshwater habitats and the people who depend on them. Included in the exhibition is a local focus, such as Fish Tales kids’ corner and some native Georgia “monster” fish, like the Lake Sturgeon found in Northwest Georgia rivers and the conservation efforts to save the Robust Redhorse.
Get up close to five life-sized monster fish sculptures ranging between seven and 20 feet long, including a climbable 20-foot freshwater Sawfish. Learn about the ancient Angkor carvings in Cambodia depicting a Giant Barb, or the subsistence fishing for the Pirarucu in the Amazon and South America. Engage in hands-on games like A Monster Mission, featuring five different environments for guests to act as the scientist and find the unique monster fish living there.
Dr. Zeb Hogan, aquatic ecologist and host of the Nat Geo WILD series ‘Monster Fish,’ has spent nearly two decades searching and studying the rare freshwater fish featured in the exhibition. Climb aboard the stylized boat in the exhibition to go on a video expedition with Dr. Hogan in five different button-activated videos.
FERNBANK MUSEUM SPECIAL PROGRAMMING
Fernbank offers additional themed programming on June 8 for the Monster Fish Opening Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy live animal encounters, fish-inspired activities and everything Monster Fish has to offer.
FERNBANK MUSEUM HOURS AND TICKETS:
Monster Fish is included with Museum admission. Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets and visitor information is available at fernbankmuseum.org or 404.929.6400.