Tellus has been tracking its visitation since the museum opened seven years ago, and recently began to anticipate a huge milestone marking its 1.5 millionth visitor. After forecasting expected visitation for the week, it was surmised that the special guest would arrive around one of the biggest events of the year, Heavy Metal in Motion.

The Museum was honored to greet their guests, James Suttles and his family at 12:30 PM on October 8, 2016. The Suttles were greeted by Tellus staff and presented with bag of goodies that included a $100 Tellus gift card, a signed copy of The 50 Coolest Things at Tellus, a one year family membership to Tellus, and a certificate for a VIP lunch and tour with Exectutive Director of Tellus, Jose Santamaria.

The Suttles were extremely excited when they received the news. “We weren’t expecting this,” said James, “Now that we have a membership we’ll definitely have to come back really soon.”

“We put on many events throughout the year, and we provide programming for field trips, lectures, and special programs. We want everyone who visits Tellus to find something that they can enjoy no matter their age, and I think our ability to cater to everyone is what has contributed the most to our growth so far,” said Executive Director Jose Santamaria, “We had our 2nd best year last year – only behind our opening year – and we are on track to serve even more guests this year.”

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