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Tellus Science Museum Passes 500,000 Visitors Since Opening

CARTERSVILLE, Georgia USA /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Tellus Science Museum welcomed its 500,000th visitor on Friday, July 15, 2011, less than three years after opening its doors.

The 500,000th visitor was Danielle Ivanov, 11, who, along with her mother and grandparents, was visiting from Florida.

“It was cool,” Ivanov said. “I’m excited.”

Danielle’s grandfather said he knew there was a chance they could be milestone visitors.

“On the way over, I was saying it could be us,” said Gary Hankins. “But I was still shocked.”

Tellus opened in 2009 and became a destination for families and schools looking for science and fun. Tellus is a Smithsonian Institute affiliate and features gems, minerals, fossils, transportation science and hands-on activities. The museum averages nearly 200,000 visitors a year, a quarter of which are school students.

“We are delighted to have had such tremendous support from our community,” said Tellus Executive Director Jose Santamaria. “There is so much to do and see, we look forward to our next half-million visitors.”

Tellus has been busy in 2011 with several big events scheduled for the year including the Night at the Museum 3 and the mineral symposium in August and Heavy Metal in Motion in October. Last week, Tellus held a launch party for the final liftoff of NASA’s space shuttle program.

“We offer a wide variety of events and new exhibits that keep visitors coming back. This is one of the keys to our success,” Santamaria said.

Tellus is a 120,000 square foot museum located in Cartersville, just north of Atlanta. For more information about Tellus Science Museum call 770-606-5700 or visit or

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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