Tellus comes to life for a Night at the Museum
by Amanda Stegall
Aug 07, 2011 | 2745 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Amelia Earhart signs an autograph for Emily and James Atkeison at  the Tellus Science Museum where she talked about her solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
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Storm Troopers and the Wright Brothers invaded the Tellus Museum Saturday night for the third annual Night at the Museum, eliciting squeals of excitement and curiosity from children and adults hurrying to catch up to them.

"We're from Kennesaw and followed the event on Facebook," said Catherine Grant. Grant's son, Camron, was prepared for a night of adventure and learning in full costume of Anakin Skywalker to blend in with the Star Wars visitors.

"He loves 'Star Wars' and anything science-related. So tonight, he's not Camron, he's Anakin," Grant said.

With approximately 1,000 tickets sold prior to the night's event, a line of eager kids and parents waited for the doors to open at 6 p.m. Jose Santamaria, museum director, estimated well over that number of attendees as people rushed through security and ticket checkpoints.

Characters of volunteers ranged from Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to Albert Einstein and Jules Verne. Captain Jack Harkness of the "Doctor Who" BBC series spared a moment from posing for photographs and signing the autograph books to say they volunteer for the kids.

"It's all about them. The Doctor was invited and what would he be without his faithful friend Captain Jack?" he said.

White native and museum member Heather Whatley happily accompanied her son to the night's event.

"He loves 'Star Wars,' and when I got the emails and saw the pictures, I knew we had to come," she said.

Along with the museum's regular attractions, the planetarium presented shows every 15 minutes and live demonstrations by the "Mad Scientist" continued in the theater. The 501st Legion and Pumphouse Players volunteered as fictional and historical figures and marched through the Great Hall for photo and autograph opportunities.