Add a science experiment, guided activity, or interactive presentation to your visit and really make science and history come to life. Programs are approximately 30-45 minutes in length and follow the Georgia Standards of Excellence (Pre K-12). Maximize your field trip by booking a visit the Flint RiverQuarium on the same day! With science-based activities at both locations, Thronateeska and the Flint RiverQuarium complement each other well. The two locations are also less than 10 minutes apart on foot along the Riverfront Trail.

Contact our Education Curator for more information and school group bookings.

Ashleigh Kelly, Education Curator
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Pollywogs & Puddles

This introductory, sensory science program introduces children to the water cycle and basic forms of water.

Day vs. Night

Explores the differences between day and night. Students will use charts to communicate observations about time patterns. They will engage in listening activities classifying daytime sounds and nighttime sounds and develop a model demonstrating differences in the day and night time sky.

Wacky Weather with Fox 31

Students engage with a real-life meteorologist, discover simple weather instruments, and how they are used to measure weather data. Students will develop their own weather forecast and present to the class.

Thronateeska Rocks!

Students use their investigatory skills to classify rocks and minerals based on their physical attributes using simple tests such as referencing the Moh’s scale. Mapping and graphing skills will be used when students compile and visually represent their findings.

Earth, Moon & Sun

We will visit and explore the wonders of the solar system by visiting the museum’s scaled model. Students will then obtain, evaluate, and demonstrate their understanding of the earth’s position relative to other celestial bodies and how it creates day/night cycles and seasons.

It’s Electric

Students will examine multiple sources of electricity, use deductive reasoning to determine whether sources are naturally occurring or human-harnessed, and categorize materials as insulators or conductors.

Geologic Time

A lot can happen over a couple billion years. Take a quick trip down memory lane to marvel at the many changes in the Earth and inhabiting organisms.

  • Zygorhiza

    Zygorhiza

    The whale species, Zygorhiza, is a 36-million-year-old ancestor of modern-toothed whales and porpoises. This 20-foot long creature had both pointed teeth for grabbing prey and saw-edged teeth for slicing and chewing. This is the cast of a skeleton found in Twiggs County, Georgia, with a shark in its belly!

  • History of Flight

    History of Flight

    On December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first successful flight in a powered airplane. They flew it four times on December 17, 1903, near Kill Devil Hills, about four miles south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. This ½ scale model hangs in the Science Museum. The original Wright Flyer hangs in the Smithsonian.

  • Train Exhibit

    Train Exhibit

    Southwest Georgia has a rich railroad history. Albany’s Union Depot, built in 1913, was used by five different railroads that served the city. Seven rail lines radiating out of Albany converged at Union Depot.

  • Georgia Museum of Surveying and Mapping

    Georgia Museum of Surveying and Mapping

    Located in the History Museum, this exhibit demonstrates how surveying and mapping has shaped, and is shaping, the world in which we live. The collection consists of more than 100 surveying and mapping instruments and tools dating back to the eighteenth century, along with a growing collection of surveys and maps from around Georgia.

  • Original Brick Streets

    Original Brick Streets

    Thronateeska is located at Heritage Plaza on the only remaining brick street in the city. Laid in 1913 as part of a larger downtown street improvement project, the street’s brick paving materials are characteristic of early twentieth-century street and highway construction.

  • Bobs Candy Company

    Bobs Candy Company

    Bobs Candy Company was started by Bob McCormack in Albany in 1919. The company produced a variety of candies but is perhaps best known for their peppermint. Bobs invented the Keller Machine to automate the process of twisting the signature hook in the candy cane, making mass production possible.

  • Artesian City

    Artesian City

    Georgia’s first free-flowing artesian well was dug in western Dougherty County in 1881 and produced pure water for many years. The City of Albany continued to drill many artesian wells and even adopted the free-flowing water as its symbol and nickname, The Artesian City, on the official Seal of the City.

  • South Georgia Archives

    South Georgia Archives

    The archives houses nearly 10,000 books, boxes, and miscellaneous items for clients at 5,441 cubic feet. These items would fill 5 ½ U-Haul trucks. Placed end-to-end the boxes would stretch more than a mile!

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Hours of Operation

Thursday – Saturday
10:00 am –  4:00 pm