South Florida Museum Connection, June 04, 2015: What’s Coming Up at the Museum

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June 4, 2015

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

The Museum will be closed on Mondays until 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!
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 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.

Last Chance to See Ocean Soul this Weekend!

East Gallery exhibition will be open through this Sunday, June 7 at 5 pm.

Visitors to the South Florida Museum will voyage across the oceans and into the depths of mystery and wonder with National Geographic underwater photographer Brian Skerry to experience the ocean like never before. Ocean Soul, a National Geographic Traveling Exhibition, showcases Skerry’s stunning visual display of the ocean environment and the creatures living there. The exhibition will run through this Sunday, June 7, 2015. Don’t miss it!

You may also learn more about marine biology and aquatic conservation sciences in our special online series “Ocean Soul Stories.” Click here to read more.
Temporary exhibitions are included in daily Museum admission prices. Click here for admission information or to buy tickets.

Now Hiring in the Manatee Aquarium

Part-Time Manatee Care Specialist

The Manatee Care Specialist reports to the Assistant Curator of Living Collections and the Director of Living Collections. He or she must be visitor-oriented, receptive to feedback and able to communicate clearly, as well as detail-oriented, an independent worker with good time management skills and have the ability to enforce compliance with policies and procedures. This position requires an understanding of direct animal care and aquatic life support.


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Learn to draw a manatee!
This Saturday, June 6, 10 am – Noon

FREE Workshop with internationally renowned artist John Allinson at Keeton’s Office & Art Supply teaches kids ages 7-12 to draw a manatee for Snooty’s 67th Birthday Card Contest!

Spaces are limited – call Keeton’s TODAY at
941-747-2995 to register for this FREE workshop.
(Workshop will take place at Keeton’s Office & Art Supply – 817 Manatee Avenue W., Bradenton 34205)

Internationally renowned artist and Anna Maria Island resident John Allinson is a mural painter and portraitist. John was commissioned by the Museum to paint the “Official Portrait” of Snooty the manatee. The South Florida Museum and Keeton’s want to offer local kids the opportunity to learn from Snooty’s official portrait artist! This workshop – open to children ages 7-12 and limited in space – will teach kids how to make a simple line drawing of a manatee. Keeton’s will supply paper and crayons for use during the lesson.


These drawings can then be used by children as the base or guide for working on their cards for Snooty’s 67th Birthday Card Contest! Snooty’s Annual Birthday Card Contest is now open for entries. 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 are due by Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 5 pm. 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.

Call Keeton’s at (941) 747-2995 to register for the Workshop this Saturday. 

Family Night at the Museum
Saturday, June 6 from 3 pm – 8 pm
“Katie Adams’ Make Believe Theater” will present an Animals of the Rainforest puppet show at 5:30 pm. 

Join local storyteller Katie Adams and her puppet animal friends in a lush jungle setting as they share the message of conservation and the delicate balance of rainforest ecology. Practice your Spanish language skills with live story readings and word games. Meet Smokey Bear and learn from his friends at the Florida Forest Service about how you can help protect the forests of Florida!


  • 3:15 pm Perfect Little Planet Planetarium show
  • 5:30 pm Animals of the Rainforest Bilingual Puppet Show (performance tickets required – $2 with Family Night admission / Free with full priced admission, available at the front desk – seats are limited!)
  • 6:30 pm Manatee Presentation
  • 7:00 pm Space Park 360 Planetarium experience
  • 7:30 pm Live Star Talk Planetarium presentation

Family Night Museum admission prices after 3 pm:
$9 Adults / $8 Seniors / $7 children (4-12 years old), Museum Members and children 3 & under are always free.

Call 941-746-4131, ext. 13 for more information.

This Friday, June 5 at 6 pm
Film Fridays presents “Ocean Stories:” DisneyNature Oceans (2009)

Friday, June 5: DisneyNature Oceans (2009) Rated G, 84 minutes. (Selected by Snooty!)Journey into the depths of a wonderland filled with mystery, beauty and power. Oceans takes an unprecedented look at the lives of elusive deep water creatures through their own eyes. Incredible state-of-the-art-underwater filmmaking will take your breath away.

Pricing: $5 Museum Members. $7 Non-members
Seating is limited; paid reservations are recommended.
Click Here to Purchase Tickets Now
or call 941-746-4131, ext. 13

Join us for Summer Science Camps at the Museum! 6 weeks of camp offered for students entering 1st – 8th grades.

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 –
Film Fridays, think + drink (science) and a new Exhibition!

In conjunction with our special exhibition Ocean Soul, the work of National Geographic underwater photographer Brian Skerry, explore the oceans in these beloved films selected by marine photographers, biologists, conservation specialists and Museum staff.
Prices: $5 Museum Members / $7 Non-members. Seating is limited; Paid reservations are required.  
Click the titles below to buy your tickets now!
June 12 – James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge (2014) Rated PG, 91 minutes.
June 19 – Endless Summer (1966) Rated PG, 95 minutes.
June 26 – The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) Rated R, 118 minutes.
Coming this summer… Music & Movies!
Schedule available soon.
Call Susan McCarthy at 941-746-4131, ext. 13 or click the links above for tickets.
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Wednesday, June 10 at 7 pm
“Skywatching, Calendars, and Indigenous Astronomies in Prehispanic to Contemporary Maya Cultures” with Dr. Gabrielle Vail

In conjunction with our summer exhibition, Mystery of the Mayan Medallion, open June 25 through September 13, Dr. Gabrielle Vail will explore early Mayan astronomy and calendars through different times and places in the Mayan culture.

Prices: $3 Museum Members / $5 Non-members
Seating is limited; Paid reservations are required.
Click here to buy tickets now
or call 941-746-4131, ext. 13.

COMING SOON! Mystery of the Mayan Medallion Opening Reception – June 25 at 5:30 pm
Exhibition open in the East Gallery from June 25 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.Reception on Thursday, June 25 at 5:30 pm:
Free for Museum Members, $5 for Non-members
Light refreshments provided; beer and wine available for purchase.
Click here or call 941-746-4131, ext. 13 for reservations.


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