South Florida Museum Connection, July 07, 2015: Coming Up at the Museum

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July 7, 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

Snooty’s 67th Birthday Bash and Wildlife Festival

is coming up soon on July 18th, 2015!

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.

Continue to Explore the Maya with Books from 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!
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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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Tomorrow! Wednesday, July 8 at 7 pm: think + drink (science)
“The Secular and Sacred on the Lower Suwannee” with Mark Donop
Eroded and exposed shell mound, 

Current research has revealed important new information about the prehistoric cultures that built the Shell Mound and Palmetto Mound archaeological sites along the Florida Gulf Coast in Levy County. These two sites appear to have been the cultural focal point for indigenous people in the area from about AD 200-700. Join anthropologist Mark Donop in an examination of the Montague Tallant Collection, housed here at the South Florida Museum, to see how critical the collection is to understanding the Palmetto Mound and its spectacular ceramic artifacts.

Prices: $3 Museum Members / $5 Non-members

Seating is limited; Paid reservations are required.

Click here to buy tickets or call 941-746-4131, ext. 13.

Snooty’s 67th Birthday Bash and Wildlife Festival is Nearly Here!
Come say “Happy Birthday” to Guinness World Records’ Oldest Manatee!

Snooty is an extra special Florida manatee who sets records every day for how long we know manatees can live. That fact has now been documented by Guinness World Records. He has been named Guinness World Records’ ” Oldest Manatee in Captivity.” Snooty lives at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, FL in the Parker Manatee Aquarium which he shares with young orphaned or injured wild manatees that are being cared for by Museum staff as part of the Manatee Rescue and Rehabilitation partnership.


As the “Oldest Manatee in Captivity,” it is widely believed that Snooty is the oldest Florida manatee in the world! He will turn an astounding 67 years old on July 21, 2015 and his birthday will be celebrated during Snooty’s 67th Birthday Bash and Wildlife Festival on July 18, 2015 from 10 am – 2 pmDon’t forget to mark your calendars!


Admission to the outdoor Birthday Bash in the Spanish Plaza and on 10th Street will be FREE, while General Admission to the Museum’s indoor Galleries, Aquarium, and Planetarium is discounted by more than half for the day! All attendees to the Festival will have the opportunity to say hello to Snooty in the Spanish Plaza’s underwater view of the manatee pool – and sing him “Happy Birthday” at noon.


Every year, Snooty receives birthday cards from kids all around the country! While the official card contest is now closed, the Museum still welcomes cards and birthday wishes from kids (and adults!) far and wide. The Museum’s Director of Living Collections Marilyn Margold, who cares for Snooty and the rehab manatees and marine life at the Museum, said, “Every year Snooty sets an even higher benchmark for how long manatees can live! Every day he’s with us, we learn more about manatees and he shows us that manatee lifespans could be extended. We want to invite kids from around the country – and all over the world – to celebrate Snooty’s life by wishing him a happy birthday.”


You can also help to make Snooty’s Birthday extra special by sending him greetings online! The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is helping to make Snooty’s birthday great by urging their social media followers to share their love online. Help celebrate the impact Snooty has made worldwide by sending him birthday wishes from every corner of the world! You can join in wishing Snooty a happy 67th birthday by printing the official Snooty birthday card and taking a photo with it. Then post to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram along with the city where you’re from! Click here to print the card and check out recently submitted photos: Bradenton Area CVB.


Saturday, July 18 from 10 am – 2 pm
Free Outdoor Festival &
Reduced-Price Museum Admission
Hope to see you there!

This Friday, July 10 at 8 pm, Join us for a Music & Movies Preview Event: Have Gun, Will Travel Music Video Debut Screening!

Our Film Fridays collaboration with Realize Bradenton, “Music & Movies,” kicks-off in just a couple of weeks on Friday, July 24… but we have something special to get you ready for the ever-popular summer series.


July 10 at 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. (Seats are limited; get your tickets soon!)

Click here to purchase your tickets now or call 941-746-4131, ext. 13. 

Beginning July 24: NEW Film Fridays series in partnership with Realize Bradenton: “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.


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.

Save the Date!
2015 Snooty’s Gala: Museum After Dark 
Saturday, November 7, 2015

NEW BLOG! Maya Stories: Dr. Gabrielle Vail shares her expertise on topics in Mayan culture

Our summer exhibition Mystery of the Mayan Medallion allows visitors to get a taste of what it’s like to be an archaeologist, biologist or archaeoastronomer while exploring the world of the ancient Maya. We’ve also enlisted Mayan scholars to give our visitors the opportunity to take their interest in the Mayan culture a step further with special programs, as well as in this blog. Dr. Gabrielle Vail will share additional information about Mayan glyphs, astronomy and culture with our readers.
Our first installment focuses on “Prehistoric Maya Astronomy” – 
Hieroglyphic texts from the Maya region, as well as depictions in painted murals, screenfold books, and architectural elements from throughout this area, all emphasize the overwhelming importance of the sky and the objects that inhabited the celestial sphere (viewed as deities) to prehispanic Maya populations.

And 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. All Museum exhibitions are included in daily general admissions. Click here for more information or call us at 941-746-4131, ext. 0.


There are only two more weeks of Summer Camp – Register Now!

Summer Camps are well 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.


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