For more information, please email Laurie Voight or call 941-746-4131, ext. 117.
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,
Position responsible for managing multiple aspects of the building and maintenance/custodial staff. This position is hands-on overall maintenance, safety regulation compliance, grounds maintenance, custodial management, scheduling for daily and weekend events and overall security. Facilities Manager acts with minimal supervision to develop protocols and procedures and to determine methods for achieving objectives for the Museum. Required: previous facilities management experience, extensive knowledge of HVAC and electrical systems and general knowledge of carpentry, roofing, plumbing and maintenance. Great organizational and communication skills a must. This full time position has been created due to plans and implementation of our Museum expansion. Thus, this full time position is tied to our work with construction and not a permanent role but projected for at least 2 years.
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.
Family Night – “The Science of Art”
This Saturday, March 5 from 3 – 8 pm
On the 1st Saturday of most months the Museum stays
open late for an evening of family fun! Every month there is a
different theme with hands-on activities and special films or
performances. You can also enjoy a manatee presentation at 6 pm, a Live Star Talk at 7 pm, the Space Park 360 Planetarium adventure at 7:30 pm, and the Rock Hall of Fame show at 8:15 pm (unless otherwise noted).
This Saturday, March 5th is downtown Bradenton’s annual ArtSlam event and the Museum is inspired to investigate the science of art.ArtSlam begins at 9 am.(Click here to learn more about ArtSlam.) Beginning at 3 pm, come to Family Night to explore special activities like Microscopic Cell Art, Modeling Life clay sculptures and Space ‘Scapes inspired by live shows in the Bishop Planetarium. Mix your own mineral paint and give us a hand with our community Rock Art Wall!
Family Night offers reduced Museum Admission after 3 pm! Adults – $9, Seniors (65+) – $8, Children (4-12) – $7, Children 3 & under are FREE.
South Florida Museum Supporters Mosaic and Elizabeth Moore Received Spirit Awards from the Manatee Community Foundation on March 2
Mosaic Public Affairs Manager Jackie Barron (in red) and Museum CEO Brynne Anne Besio (to Jackie’s right) with Mosaic staff and Museum Trustees
“We are honored to have nominated Mosaic for the Spirit of Manatee Awards and are ecstatic to see them receive this recognition for their contribution to the quality of life in Manatee County,” says Museum CEO Brynne Anne Besio. Mosaic, a Corporate Partner of the South Florida Museum since 2008, provides annual operating support and made a transformational gift of $1.3 million in 2012 to create the Mosaic Backyard Universe, a new wing of the Museum focused on early learning. In addition, Mosaic has provided sponsorship and volunteers for Snooty’s Birthday Bash since 2013.
Mosaic Public Affairs Manager Jackie Barron is a Museum Trustee. She also serves on the Boards of United Way of Manatee County, Manatee Education Foundation, the Manatee County Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Steering Committee, Meals on Wheels PLUS, the Manatee Chamber of Commerce and the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation, and is a member of Bradenton Kiwanis. In addition to supporting those organizations, Mosaic has made significant financial contributions to Realize Bradenton and the Bradenton Riverwalk, the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, The Red Cross, Myakka City, 4-H programs at the Manatee County Fair, Food and Wine on Pine, Manatee Youth Rowing, Palmetto Youth Center (for new computers), Manatee Master Gardeners’ Program, Palma Sola Botanical Gardens, Manatee Audubon, the Pirates Education Partnership Initiative, Myakka Community Center, Myakka Historical Society, and Myakka Elementary.
In recognition for her overall “giving spirit,” Bradenton resident Elizabeth Moore, also a strong Museum supporter, received a Special Recognition Award from the Foundation at the Spirit of Manatee Awards luncheon. “Elizabeth is an incredible science enthusiast and does so much for the community, including the Museum. We are very fortunate to have her dedication and truly philanthropic spirit,” adds Brynne Anne.
50 for 50
Space Fun Facts in Honor of the Bishop Planetarium’s 50th Anniversary
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 Facebook.com/SouthFLMuseum or click here to visit our Planetarium webpage.
Annie Jump Cannon,
Week 6: Walk up to any astronomer or astronomy student and say, “Oh, be a fine girl: Kiss me,” and he or she will not think you are hitting on him or her. Rather, the astronomer or student will know that you are reciting the mnemonic device for the spectral classifications of stars. You see, stars are classified by their spectral characteristics; there are seven classifications, designated O, B, A, F, G, K, M (the hottest stars, 53,000 degrees to 107,000 degrees, are Class O; the coolest stars, 3,100 to 5,800 degrees, are Class M; our sun is Class G, stars ranging from 8,500 to 10,000 degrees). The classifications and the mnemonic device are the brainchild of Annie Jump Cannon, who worked at the Harvard College Observatory from 1896 to 1940. Despite developing the star classification still in use today, despite becoming the first recipient of an honorary doctorate from Oxford, and despite being the first woman elected an officer of the American Astronomical Society, she and another woman at the Harvard observatory (who made 25 cents an hour) were criticized for being “out of their place,” because they were doing science instead of making babies. In fact, The Woman Citizen magazine wrote of Cannon in June 1924: “The traffic policeman on Harvard Square does not recognize her name. The brass and parades are missing. She steps into no polished limousine at the end of the day’s session to be driven by a liveried chauffer to a marble mansion.” But these days, any astronomer or astronomy student worth his or her salt should, from time to time, conjure up the spirit of Annie Jump Cannon and whisper, “Oh, be a fine girl: Kiss me.”
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.
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.
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.
The Museum has updated our daily presentation schedules to offer our visitors even more ways to engage during visits. The updated schedules include two new programs!
New Museum Tour! “DeTour: Your Earth Address”
Travel to the edge of the observable universe during the Planetarium show Passport to the Universe, then journey back to Earth to explore one of the most unique landmasses on the planet! Dive into Florida’s natural history to discover how our state emerged from the ocean and how an abundance of sunshine nourishes diverse ecosystems which support extraordinary Earthlings like the Florida manatee. This “DeTour” experience will connect your viewing of the 1:15 pm Passport to the Universe program in the Bishop Planetarium to the 2:15 manatee presentation in the Parker Manatee Aquarium with a few Museum stops along the way, available Monday – Saturday. (DeTours are included with Museum general admission.)
New Planetarium Show! Journey to the Stars
This spectacular space show is narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg, featuring extraordinary images from telescopes on the ground and in space and stunning, never-before-seen visualizations of physics-based simulations. The dazzling Journey to the Stars launches visitors through space and time to experience the life and death of the stars in our night sky, including our own nurturing Sun. Tour familiar stellar formations, explore new celestial mysteries, and discover the fascinating, unfolding story that connects us all to the stars. Those who come along for the journey may never see the night sky in the same way again.
Journey to the Stars is an engrossing, immersive theater experience created by the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium astrophysicists, scientific visualization, and media production experts with the cooperation of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and more than 40 leading scientists from the United States and abroad. (All Planetarium presentations are seated on a first-come, first-served basis and are included with Museum general admission.)
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 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.