South Florida Museum Connection: Family Night, ArtSlam & More

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March 9, 2016

Hours & Information:
Monday – Saturday:
10 am to 5 pm
Sunday: Noon to 5 pm
Admission Prices:
Adults – $19
Seniors (65+) – $17
Children (4-12) – $14
Children 3 and under –
Free with paying adult
Museum Members – Free

Active Military / Florida Teachers –
Free with proper ID

For more info, call

941-746-4131, ext. 0 or visit

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Call for Collectors of Crosley Radios!
Attention vintage radio collectors: The South Florida Museum is looking for vintage Crosley radios for an upcoming exhibition we are hosting in conjunction with the Manatee County history museums and the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. We would love to hear from you if you have a Crosley radio in your collection. Please let us know by March 18, as the exhibition is scheduled for April.
For more information or if you have a radio that you might be willing to loan to the Museum for the exhibition, please email Assistant Curator of Exhibitions and Collections Tiffany Birakis,

or call 941-746-4131, ext. 116.

For more information, please email Laurie Voight or call 941-746-4131, ext. 117.

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TONIGHT @ 7 pm! think + drink (science)
“A Short History of Nearly Everything” with Jeff Rodgers
On the second Wednesday of each month from 7 to 9 pm, we transform the Bishop Planetarium into a forum for discussions at think + drink (science), a place where you can grab a beer or a glass of wine (or a soft drink) and learn about cutting-edge science in a relaxed, informal setting. Typically our “expert du jour” gives a short presentation on the topic of the month, and then opens the floor for questions and discussion.
TONIGHT! Wednesday, March 9 at 7 pm – Join us for a fascinating scientific journey from “nothing” to the universe we see around us today. Along the way we’ll touch on our latest understandings of the Big Bang and the beginnings of our universe, the interactions of matter and energy to create stars, the creation of elements, the formation of solar systems, and the origins and evolution of life.
Museum Members: $3
Non-Members: $5
Purchase tickets online here or call 941-746-4131, ext. 113.
Beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks available for purchase.

IQuest – “Telescopes and Geocaching”
This Saturday, March 12 at 4 pm
IQuest is a monthly program for middle school students currently in grades 6-8. While each IQuest is different, you can always expect challenging projects and games that inspire out-of-the-box solutions to real world problems. IQuest is always the 2nd Saturday of the month from 4 – 8 pm.
Saturday, March 12 – Explore the basics of telescope optics to discover the clues needed to find the hidden Jupiter Rising Geocache before the sun sets! Create your own team Geocache to share your favorite stargazing tips. Telescope viewing of Waxing Moon, Jupiter and the 4 Galilean moons, the Orion nebula and the Andromeda Galaxy.
Tickets: $5 – kids only!
Purchase tickets online here or call 941-746-4131, ext. 113.
Space is limited; reservations required. Admission includes a slice of pizza and a drink.

50 for 50
Space Fun Facts in Honor of the Bishop Planetarium’s 50th Anniversary
Astronaut Mae Jemison, pictured left, with the character “Worf” on
Star Trek: The Next Generation.
2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the Bishop Planetarium – the Gulf Coast’s premier astronomy education facility. Just for fun, we pulled together a few lesser-known space-related facts that we thought you would enjoy (cocktail party fodder, perhaps?) Be sure to check back every week for the new fun fact. Missed a week? Visit our Facebook page at or click here to visit our Planetarium webpage.
Week 7: Scott Kelly’s recent return from the International Space Station after setting the American record for time in space on a single mission – 340 days got us wondering about other human space firsts. Our meandering through NASA’s history archives led us to Dr. Mae C. Jemison, a physician and engineer who in 1992 became the first female African American in space. She flew aboard Space Shuttle Endeavor from the Kennedy Space Center, logging 190 hours, 30 minutes and 23 seconds in space. She was the science specialist in a cooperative mission between the U.S. and Japan (she speaks fluent Japanese, among other languages) and was co-investigator on a bone-cell experiment. As if that weren’t impressive enough, she’s got another first that we love: She’s the first former astronaut to appear on a Star Trek episode. As a girl, Jemison watched Star Trek and dreamed of going into space. Since active-duty astronauts are not permitted to participate in private productions, her brief stint in a speaking role as the Enterprise’s Lt. Palmer in Star Trek: The Next Generation (“Second Chances,” season six, episode 24) took place in 1993 after she left NASA. Learn more about Jemison in this great clip from NOVA’s Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers. You can also watch this amazingly accomplished woman (did we mention she was also a Peace Corps physician?) talk about the impact Star Trek had on her life and how much fun she had being on the show in this clip from a 1994 C-Span interview.

Upcoming Programs & Exhibitions

Wednesday, March 23 at 7 pm
Join us for our monthly live star talk, Stelliferous Live with Jeff Rodgers, Director of the Bishop Planetarium. Stelliferous Live takes place on the fourth Wednesday of most months at 7 pm in the Bishop Planetarium. Each month, we’ll take a tour of the upcoming month’s stars, planets and constellations, talk about current events in astronomy, and open the floor for an always-fun question and answer session. Stelliferous Live is great for curious adults and inquisitive kids alike. Come prepared with your curiosity and your questions and expect to leave a bit smarter about your universe.
Museum Members: $5 
Non-members: $3
Purchase tickets online here or call 941-746-4131, ext. 113.
Beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks available for purchase.

Special Film Presentation of

Star Trek
Coming April 1, 8 and 15 at 7 pm
Friday, April 1 at 7 pm – Star Trek: The Motion Picture 
(1979) Rated G, 132 minutes. When an alien spacecraft of enormous power is spotted approaching Earth, Admiral Kirk resumes command of the Starship Enterprise in order to intercept, examine and hopefully stop the intruder.
Click here to purchase tickets.
Friday, April 8 at 7 pm – Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan 
(1982) Rated PG, 113 minutes. With the assistance of the Enterprise crew, Admiral Kirk must stop an old nemesis, Khan Noonien Singh, from using the life-generating Genesis Device as the ultimate weapon. Click here to purchase tickets.
Friday, April 15 at 7 pm – Star Trek III: The Search for Spock 
(1984) Rated PG, 105 minutes. Admiral Kirk and his bridge crew risk their careers stealing the decommissioned Enterprise to return to the restricted Genesis planet to recover Spock’s body. Click here to purchase tickets.
Museum Members: $5
Non-Members: $7
Purchase tickets at the links above or call 941-746-4131, ext. 113. Beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks available for purchase.
Please arrive promptly: Pre-purchased program seats will be held until 5 minutes prior to program start time ONLY, at which time they may be released for re-sale. No refunds or exchanges will be given after the start of the program.

Changing Waters, Photography by Lynne Buchanan in the Museum’s East Gallery
“Creek Off the Loxahatchee” by Lynne Buchanan
Changing Waters: The Human Impact on Florida’s Aquatic Systems documents the conditions of Florida’s aquatic ecosystems through approximately 40 of Lynne Buchanan’s photographs featuring our rivers, estuaries, lakes and bays. The exhibition provides narrative interpretations of the photos, along with maps and interpretive graphics, which shed light on the state of Florida’s waterways. This temporary exhibition will be on view in the Museum’s East Gallery through June 5, 2016.

on view on the Museum’s First Floor 
On August 1, 2015 the South Florida Museum hosted an epic Guinness World Records record attempt – a fossilized poop count! On August 13, 2015 Guinness World Records officially recognized the coprolite collection as the world’s largest. The grand total was 1277 individual coprolites from 8 countries and 15 U.S. states.
Museum Education Director Jeff Rodgers, a coprolite collector in his own right, is especially enthusiastic about this special exhibition. “This isn’t just any poop. This is fossilized poop. Scientifically, we call the prized nuggets coprolites, or ‘dungstones.’ They are beautiful, in their way, and they are important because they can actually tell us quite a bit about the plant and animal life that flourished in ecosystems that disappeared millions of years ago.” Rodgers served as the official witness to the count and loved every minute of it. “Twenty million year old crocodilian coprolites! Spirals of fossilized fish poop! Bags of mineralized frog feces! That is a good day at work.”
The world’s largest coprolite collection debuted at the South Florida Museum on October 3, 2015 as part of the National Fossil Day celebration. The collection will remain on exhibit at the Museum through summer 2016. Visit the Poozeum website here.


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