Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 10/8/23
The outdoor exhibit is open from Sept. 30 – Nov. 5.
Returning for its sixth year, guests can take a walk on the supernatural side when Fernbank Museum is “friendly-haunted” in the outdoor exhibit, “Woodland Spirits.” Dozens of ghostly figures will take over the nature trails of WildWoods and
Fernbank Forest from Sept. 30 – Nov. 5, 2023.
Inspired by the imagery of dark forests in movies and literature, “Woodland Spirits” transforms Fernbank’s “forest in the city” into a ghostly hideaway that’s perfect for all ages. Guests will discover these human and animal spirits — created by artist Laura Lewis — lurking in the shadows, floating in the trees and waiting to greet you in plain sight.
“Woodland Spirits” is open for the fall season, from Sept. 30 – Nov. 5.
“Woodland Spirits” will also be able to view on several of Fernbank’s seasonal daytime and evening events this fall, including:
- Early-morning and late-night access during one of Fernbank’s forest walks, which are led
by a Fernbank educator during various morning and evening hours. Currently, morning
walks are planned for Oct. 8 and Nov. 4, while a night walk is offered on Oct. 29, and a
special Audubon walk is scheduled for the morning of Oct. 14. These walks are available
for a separate purchase at varying prices.
- The family-friendly Discovery Day, “Monster Mash,” will take place from 10 a.m. – 1
p.m. on Oct. 28 and is included with daytime general admission. “Monster Mash” will
include trick-or-treating, Halloween-themed activities and an opportunity to check out
the new exhibit “Vikings: Warriors of the Sea” in addition to “Woodland Spirits.”
- The after-hours event “Fernbank After Dark: Boos and Booze” is from 7 – 11 p.m. on
Oct. 13. This adults-only night will include cocktails and tapas for an additional purchase,
spooky experiments and entry to the full museum. Tickets are $17.95 for members and
$22.95 for nonmembers.
- “Fright Night” will be from 7 – 11 p.m. on Oct. 27, which is for souls 21 and older. This
Halloween party encourages adults to dress up in their best costumes and enjoy a night
of music, refreshments and entry to the special exhibit, “Vikings: Warriors of the Sea.”
Tickets are $21.95.
- A Halloween event for all ages, “Ghostly Gatherings” is from 7 – 10 p.m. on Oct. 14 and
will have exclusive nighttime access to “Woodland Spirits” and “Vikings: Warriors of the
Sea,” as well as fun seasonal activities. Drinks and small bites are also available for
additional purchase. Tickets are $15.95 for members and $19.95 for nonmembers.
- “Woodland Spirits and other Musical Creatures,” as performed by pianist Julie
Coucheron, harpist Elisabeth Remy-Johnson, flutist James Zellers and the Vega Quartet,
is a family concert that includes the music of Eduard MacDowell and Valerie Von Pechy
Whitcup. This concert will take place at 1 p.m. on Oct. 15 and is included with general
admission to the museum.
“Woodland Spirits” is included with a general admission ticket to Fernbank Museum. Exhibits, films and Discovery Days are included with daytime general admission and with CityPASS. General admission tickets include three floors of exhibits in the Museum, choice of one giant screen film and 75 acres of nature explorations in Fernbank Forest and WildWoods.
Fernbank After Dark and other special after-hours events are available at a separate ticket price. Fernbank is located at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta, minutes from midtown Atlanta and downtown Decatur.
For more information, visit FernbankMuseum.org. General admission tickets are $25.95 for adults, $24.95 for seniors, $23.95 for children ages 3-12, free for children ages 2 and younger, and free for Fernbank Members. These prices are for tickets purchased online. Tickets not purchased in advance are offered, if available, at a higher price.