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Tellus Museum reaches 500,000 visitors
Tellus Museum reaches 500,000 visitors

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Tellus Science Museum welcomed its 500,000th visitor Friday, less than three years after opening its doors.

The lucky guest was 11-year-old Danielle Ivanov, a Florida resident who was visiting the museum with her mother and grandparents.

"It was cool," she said. "I'm excited."

Gary Hankins, Danielle's grandfather, knew there was a chance they could be milestone visitors.

"On the way over, I was saying it could be us," he said. "But I was still shocked."

Tellus, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate, opened in 2009 and features gems, minerals, fossils, transportation science and plenty of family-friendly, hands-on activities.

The museum averages nearly 200,000 visitors a year, a quarter of whom are students.

"We are delighted to have had such tremendous support from our community," said Jose Santamaria, executive director of Tellus. "We look forward to our next half-million visitors."

Tellus is located at 100 Tellus Drive in Cartersville. For more information about the museum, call 770-606-5700 or visit the Tellus Facebook page.