South Florida Museum Connection: Coming Up at the Museum

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June 30, 2015

Hours & Information
10 am to 5 pm
Sunday: Noon to 5 pm
Please Note:

The Museum will be  open on Mondays during the month of July.
Admission Prices:
Adults – $19
Seniors (65+) – $17
Children (4-12) – $14
Children 3 and under –
Free with paying adult
Active Military / Florida Teachers –
Free with proper ID

For more info, call

941-746-4131, ext. 0 or visit


The Museum is open throughout the holiday weekend (see hours above).

Snooty’s 67th Birthday Bash and Wildlife Festival

is coming up soon on July 18th, 2015!

Summer is almost here which means that Snooty’s 67th Birthday Bash and Wildlife Festival is fast approaching. We’re all excited about celebrating Snooty’s birthday, but we need your help to make it a success! Volunteers for Snooty’s Birthday Bash are needed to help with games, admission sales, and more.

Volunteer shifts run from 9 am – 3 pm. Children under 14 years old must volunteer with an adult chaperone. Please note any time or physical limitations on the sign-up registry.


Click here to sign up for shifts online now or contact Sue McCarthy at 941-746-4131, ext. 13.

Summer Reading and Gifts in the Museum Store!

The Museum Store now has an excellent assortment of books exploring the Mayan culture and history to accompany our new exhibition Mystery of the Mayan Medallion! Stop by to have fun in the interactive, family-friendly exhibition, then take a peek in the Museum Store to learn even more!

The Museum Store is open during all normal Museum hours (see above), no admission required.

For more information, call the Store at 941-746-4131, ext. 28.

Upcoming Programs
Snooty Cam
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Watch Snooty Live:
8:00 am to 5:00 pm

10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Museum Awards
2014 Tampa Bay Business Journal Nonprofit of the Year Award Winner in Arts, Humanities & Culture
2015 Tampa Bay Business Journal Nonprofit of the Year Finalist in Arts, Humanities & Culture


2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Winner – click here to rate us on TripAdvisor now!
Please consider supporting
our Corporate Partners
Museum programs sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

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Snooty’s 67th Birthday Card Contest – Submissions due this FRIDAY, July 3!

The call for submissions for Snooty’s Annual Birthday Card Contest is nearly closed! Students entering preschool-6th grade are encouraged to submit a birthday card for Snooty for the chance to win great prizes. Birthday cards will be judged for creativity and originality… so have fun!

All submissions must be received by July 3, 2015 at 5 pm. (We will accept submissions postmarked by Friday, July 3, if they are received before judging takes place.) Late submissions and submissions without a completed entry form will not be judged. First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded to the top cards in each of four age categories immediately following the crowd serenading Snooty with “The Birthday Song” at noon during Snooty’s 67th Birthday Bash on Saturday, July 18, 2015. Awards will be announced and prizes distributed in the Museum’s Spanish Plaza. To be judged, all entries must include an entry form with name, home address, telephone number, age and child’s school grade (2015- 2016). Entry forms can be picked up at the Museum (201 10th Street W, Bradenton, FL 34205) or downloaded below.

There is no Family Night at the Museum this Saturday, July 4th.
Happy Independence Day!

Summer Learning Day was a Smash!

Nearly 500 students and more than 250 adults attended Summer Learning Day at the Museum in June, held in conjunction with the Campaign for Grade Level Reading. The Museum offered free admission to Manatee and Sarasota County students up to age 12 along with one free adult chaperone. Students received a “Summer Survival Booklet,” which guided them in Museum activities, encourages reading and provides opportunities for free return trips to the Museum.


“Many participants reported they would not have been able to visit without complimentary admission,” said Museum CEO Brynne Anne Besio. “We’re very pleased to have funds for underserved youth from the Wells Fargo Foundation which we used to cover the admissions. The Museum is an important part of the education landscape in the region, and we want to support the Summer Learning effort as much as we can. We are actively involved in the Campaign for Grade Level Reading with a staff member, Dannie Sherrill, sitting on the Steering Committee.”

NEW Family-Friendly Exhibition – Mystery of the Mayan Medallion 

Don’t miss out on the newest exhibition at the South Florida Museum, The Mystery of the Mayan Medallion.The exhibition is now open in the East Gallery through September 13, 2015.
Get a taste of what it’s like to be an archaeologist, biologist or astromathematician while exploring the world of the ancient Maya. An archaeological team has mysteriously disappeared from a dig site in Palenque, Mexico. They had been investigating a long-standing rumor that a priceless jade medallion is buried in the temple there. However, something has scared them off. Luckily, in their haste to escape, they managed to leave behind a video with clues and a warning to all who come after. The original team has left behind valuable information in the field stations that they constructed. Student archaeologists must uncover the mystery of the dig site and find the priceless treasure. Visitors will have fun learning about science, language and history with hands-on immersive activities! Perfect for the whole family.

SUMMER CAMPS have begun… and there’s still time to register for the next 3 weeks!

Diane Kacmarik, meteorologist with Bay News 9, addresses students  during ‘Storm Chasers’ Camp.

Summer Camps are under way at the Museum and the remaining weeks are filling fast! The South Florida Museum is offering THREE levels of Summer Science Camps this year for students entering grades 1-2, grades 3-5 and grades 6-8. All courses take place daily Monday – Friday from 9 am – 4 pm and include snacks. Students need to bring their own bag lunches each day. Click here to read more about Summer Science Camps at the South Florida Museum.

Upcoming Programs –
Beginning July 24: NEW Film Fridays – “Music & Movies”

Realize Bradenton and the South Florida Museum present “Music & Movies,” a series featuring 10 evenings of live music performances by locally-based musicians followed by movies about musicians, every Friday, July 24 through September 25, in the Bishop Planetarium at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th Street West in downtown Bradenton. Performances begin at 6:30 pm, followed by screenings at 7:30 pm. Wine, beer and snacks are available for purchase.

July 10, 8 pm: Special Preview Event: Have Gun, Will Travel Music Video Debut Screening: Enjoy a stripped-down acoustic set from the nationally acclaimed band Have Gun, Will Travel at the world premiere debut of its new music video for the song “True Believers.” The band will screen several of its past videos and play some of its favorite songs, unplugged. $5 cover for all.


For all listings below: performances begin at 6:30 pm, followed by screenings at 7:30 pm.


July 24: Shine a Light (2008) Rated PG-13, 122 mins. The live musical performance is by John Denver’s Ghost, an acoustic southern rock powerhouse duo.


July 31: Sound City (2013) Not rated, 106 mins. The musical performance is by Danny Wampole, a singer-songwriter who plays upbeat acoustic rock, with influences ranging from Foo Fighters to The Beatles.


August 7: Thunder Soul (2010) Rated PG, 83 mins. The musical performance is by Local Artists, featuring jazz, blues and funk.


August 14: Shut Up and Play the Hits (2011) Not rated, 105 mins. The musical performance is by Reggie Williams, a singer-songwriter featuring soul and pop sounds.


August 21: It Might Get Loud (2009) Rated PG, 98 mins. The musical performance is by Dan Shafer, offering up a unique blend of folk, blues, indie, and rock.


August 28: Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (2012) Rated PG-13, 100 mins. The musical performance is by Billy Burke, a local singer-songwriter whose style has been compared to artists like Ed Sheeran and John Mayer.


September 4: Benda Bilili! (2011) Rated PG-13, 85 mins. The musical performance is TBD.


September 11: Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man (2005) Rated PG-13, 104 mins. The musical performance is by Kristopher James, an alt-folk troubadour who channels the balanced line of life, love, doubts and hopes.


September 18: Lou Reed’s Berlin (2007) Rated PG-13, 85 mins. The musical performance is by Beartoe, featuring Florida folk, delta blues and soul.


September 25: Mistaken For Strangers (2014) Rated G, 75 mins.The musical performance is by Sean McInerney & Erik Livingston, offering up acoustic melodies tempered with electric sensibilities.

Prices: $5 Museum Members / $7 Non-members. Seating is limited; Paid reservations are required.  
Call Susan McCarthy at 941-746-4131, ext. 13 or click the links above for tickets.
Staff List: Click name to email or call us at (941) 746-4131 – extensions below.
CEO Brynne Anne Besio, ext. 18; Facility Director Jack Balkan, ext. 26; Director of Living Collections Marilyn Margold, ext. 20; Planetarium/Education Director Jeff Rodgers, ext. 22; Community Engagement Director Martha Wells, ext. 35; Director of Exhibitions & Chief Curator Matt Woodside, ext. 37; Assistant Curator of Exhibitions & Collections Tiffany Birakis, ext. 16; Visitor Services Director Ellen Ferraro, ext. 28; Aquarist Jeff Gipson, ext. 30; Planetarium Manager Howard Hochhalter, ext. 36; Program Coordinator Susan McCarthy, ext. 13; Museum Educator Meghan Murphy, ext. 13; Maintenance Technician Scott Odell, ext. 50; Communications Manager Jessica Schubick, ext. 14; Assistant Curator of Living Collections Brittany Serafin, ext. 30; Community Engagement Manager Danielle Sherrill, ext. 11; Curator of Education Samantha Sprague, ext. 31; Community Engagement Associate Laurie Voight, ext. 17.
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The South Florida Museum’s Mission:
To engage and inspire learners of all ages; we protect, interpret and communicate scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world, and our universe.



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