"We've had some pretty big events related to minerals," said Tellus Executive Director Jose Santamaria. "We have Rockfest, which relates to the mineral and fossil gallery, and we have astronomy events. So we thought this would be a good way to have an event related to our Science in Motion gallery, which has cars, airplanes, helicopters.
"So we're not going to have airplanes but we're going to have a variety of unique vehicles. We have some vintage cars like an old vintage Rolls-Royce, a Woodie, a Model T [and a] vintage tractor like the 1955 John Deere. We have a civilian helicopter, and we have the possibility of a military helicopter, an old fire engine and a firefighting tractor -- that was a prototype built by Yanmar, one of our local manufacturers and so they offered to have that on display. We're going to have a big tractor-trailer, a big tow truck, drill rigs -- [so] a variety. The idea is to try to make a unique experience and something different for our public."
In addition to the displayed vehicles and equipment, the event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. will consist of a roller coaster-themed planetarium show, children's activities and two lectures: 1 p.m., early development of automobiles, and 2 p.m., vehicles used in geological explorations.
Encompassing 120,000 square feet at 100 Tellus Drive in Cartersville, Tellus is comprised of four main galleries -- The Weinman Mineral Gallery, The Fossil Gallery, Science in Motion and The Collins Family My Big Backyard -- a 120-seat digital planetarium and an observatory equipped with a 20-inch telescope. Opened in January 2009, the museum was officially named a Smithsonian affiliate about one year ago and has attracted more than 300,000 visitors.
"We're looking forward to Heavy Metal in Motion being a great event for the whole family," said Tellus Marketing Director Joe Schulman. "It really has something for everyone and I think a lot of people, kids and adults are going to love all the vehicles we're going to have here at Tellus."
For more information about the museum and Heavy Metal in Motion, call 770-606-5700 or visit www.tellusmuseum.org. Admission to Saturday's event will be $12 for adults; $10 for individuals 65 and older; $8 for children ages 3 to 17 and students with ID; and free for museum members and active military personnel with ID.