South Florida Museum Connection: Family Night this Saturday & More!

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May 4, 2016


Hours & Information:
Tuesday – Saturday: 
10 am to 5 pm
Sunday: Noon to 5 pm
(The Museum is closed Mondays until July.)
Admission Prices:
Adults – $19
Seniors (65+) – $17
Children (4-12) – $14
Children 3 and under –
Free with paying adult

Museum Members – Free

(click here for details)

Active Military / Florida Teachers –
Free with proper ID

For more info, call

941-746-4131, ext. 0 or visit


Museum Store
The Museum Store has a fantastic assortment of t-shirts and apparel for children and adults! Stop by to prepare for the warm Spring weather – and show your love for everyone’s favorite manatee, Snooty!
We also offer a variety of manatee and nature artwork, books, toys and plush manatees. Visit us to find something you’ll love!
The Museum Store is open during all regular Museum hours, no admission necessary.
Click here for more information or call 941-746-4131, ext. 128.


Museum Employment Opportunity
Facilities Manager: 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.
To apply, please email cover letter, resume and references to HR@
or HR, South Florida Museum, P.O. Box 9265, Bradenton, FL 34206. No phone calls, please.


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

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Family Night at the Museum
This Saturday, May 7, 3-8 pm
Why does sound travel faster under water? What do “low pitch” and “high pitch” sound waves mean? Investigate these questions and more as you experiment with sound waves and explore the history of radio broadcasting. Grab a headset and listen to famous radio broadcasts from the past, then make your own music using the online oscilloscope keyboard and watch as your sound waves appear before your eyes!
Also featured at the Museum this night are student projects from the Manatee County Science Fair. Come explore the world of science while celebrating student work in the Science Fair Showcase!
Family Night Schedule:
  • 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Student science fair projects from across Manatee County will be on display in the Museum.
  • 3:15 pm – Life: A Cosmic Story in the Planetarium
  • 4:00 pm – Science Fair Showcase award ceremony in the Planetarium
  • 5:00 pm – “Science Fun with Dr. K” sound presentation in the Planetarium
  • 6:00 pm – Manatee Presentation in the Aquarium
  • 6:15 pm – “Underwater Theater: Manatee Sounds” in the Planetarium
  • 6:30 pmPerfect Little Planet in the Planetarium
  • 7:00 pmLive Star Talk in the Planetarium
  • 7:30 pm – Space Park 360 in the Planetarium
  • 8:15 pm – Rock Hall of Fame in the Planetarium
Family Night Admission:
  • The Museum is open until 8 pm and admission is half price after 3 pm!
  • Visitors may purchase tickets to see Rock Hall of Fame ONLY (does not include Museum / Family Night admission) for $5 each.
  • Museum Friends Members are always free for Family Night and Rock Hall of Fame!
Each Family Night is different, please check our website here for upcoming schedules and Museum programs.


Snooty’s Birthday Card Contest Now Accepting Entries!
Click here for an official entry form
Snooty’s Annual Birthday Card Contest is officially open for entries! Students entering preschool through 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 Friday, July 8, 2016 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 in 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 68th Birthday Bash on Saturday, July 23, 2016. 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 (2016-2017). Entry forms are available online (click here) or may be picked up at the South Florida Museum (201 10th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205).
2015 Card Contest Winners with Miss Manatee County 2015 at Snooty’s 67th Birthday Bash
Card contest winners with presenting sponsor Mosaic’s Jackie Barron and Museum CEO Brynne Anne Besio at Snooty’s 66th Birthday Bash.


Free Kids’ Passes to Visit the Museum this Spring from Frito-Lay and ASTC!
Starting this week, families hungry to fuel kid’s imagination and
wonderment for new discoveries can receive a free kid’s pass to the South Florida Museum. By visiting a local retailer and purchasing a Frito-Lay 2 Go Variety Pack featuring an
astronaut, robot or dinosaur, families will receive a free kid’s pass to a participating Association of Science – Technology Center, including the South Florida Museum.
“Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education, also referred to as STEM – is vital to the future success of young people. Now more than ever, it’s important that we expose our youth to the excitement of science outside of the classroom,” said South Florida Museum CEO Brynne Anne Besio. “We are excited to partner with Frito-Lay 2 Go to offer families the opportunity to explore and discover the South Florida Museum this spring.”
From the discovery of a potential ninth new planet to finding water on Mars, the wonder of new encounters and information continuously amazes and connects us, creating lasting memories. That’s why this year Frito-Lay 2 Go and the South Florida Museum are taking you to the depths of the ocean and to the furthest visible star in the universe through a new and exciting partnership that will unlock phenomenal fun for the whole
Frito-Lay 2 Go Variety Pack features pre-portioned, single servings of Cheetos cheese flavored snacks, Doritos tortilla chips, Fritos corn chips, Funyun’s onion flavored rings, Lay’s potato chips, Rold Gold pretzels, Smartfood popcorn, and SunChips multigrain snacks. For a list of participating ASTC museums, visit


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 or click here to visit our Planetarium webpage.

Week 16: Later this month, the U.S. Postal Service will dedicate new stamps highlighting NASA’s Planetary Science program, including a reissue of the famous Pluto stamp that commemorated the NASA New Horizons’ historic 2015 flyby of the former planet. NASA and the New Horizons team originally placed the 29-cent “Pluto: Not Yet Explored” stamp issued in 1991 on board the spacecraft and it was inside the ship on July 14 when New Horizons made its historic flyby.

What else was aboard New Horizons? For one thing, Clyde Tombaugh’s ashes were there!
Clyde Tombaugh (AP)
In 1927, Tombaugh was living in western Kansas when he built his own 9-inch Newtonian reflector telescope using discarded farm and car parts. He used this telescope to make drawings of Mars and Jupiter and in 1928 sent them off to the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Ariz. The astronomers were so impressed with the pictures, they hired Tombaugh as an assistant and put him to work on the Planet X project, which was focused on searching for the planet predicted to exist by the Observatory’s founder, Percival Lowell. Lowell based his prediction of the object on small irregularities in the motion of Neptune. Tombaugh was 24 when he arrived at the Observatory ready to go to work taking images in and near the constellations – also the zone that the planets travel. By taking identical photos of regions of the sky two weeks apart, Tombaugh was able to compare them to see if any of the objects had changed position. It was using this technique that he was able to find the Planet X predicted by Lowell – he found Pluto.
When Tombaugh died in 1997 – nine years before the New Horizons 2006 launch – he requested that his ashes be sent to space. And they were: a small container with his remains was affixed to the New Horizons probe bearing the inscription: “Interred herein are remains of American Clyde W. Tombaugh, discoverer of Pluto and the solar system’s ‘third zone.'”
At the time of Tombaugh’s death, Pluto was still considered a planet and millions of schoolchildren used this mnemonic device to remember the planet names: My Very Excellent Mother Just Showed Us Nine Planets. Now that Pluto is considered a “dwarf” planet, perhaps we need another mnemonic. How about: Maybe Visionaries Each Merrily Juggle Unknowns Naturally?


Summer Science Camp Registration is Now Open!
2 Levels Offered for Elementary and Middle School Students
South Florida Museum’s Summer Science Camps are now open for registration! We offer 6 weeks of camps for students entering grades 1 – 5 and six concurrent weeks of camps for students entering grades 6 – 8, each week with a new and exciting theme! Camps take place Monday through Friday from 9 am – 4 pm and start on June 14. Snacks are provided, but students must bring their own lunches daily.
Click here for more information on Elementary School Level Camps.
Click here for more information on Middle School Level Camps.

A $50 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your spot in each camp. Full payment is accepted at the time of registration or must be paid by one week prior to the camp’s start date. Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Museum Member Camp……………….$200/session
Additional Museum Members*……..$180/session
Non-Member Camp……………………..$250/session 

*10% Family discount for each additional camper per week.


Camp weeks 1 & 4 are shortened weeks with only 4 days of camp both weeks. Cost is reduced to: $160 for Museum Members, $140 for Additional Museum Members, $210 for Non-members.

For registration and camp information, CLICK HERE! or you may contact Susan McCarthy at 941-746-4131, ext. 113 or by email at  [email protected].


Upcoming Programs –


think + drink (science)
Wednesday, May 11 at 7 pm
“Changing Waters: The Human Impact on Florida’s Aquatic Systems” with Lynne Buchanan
“Spoonbills, Egrets and Ibis, Matlacha” by Lynne Buchanan
Photographer and presenter Lynne Buchanan
Lynne Buchanan

Join photographer Lynne Buchanan for a narrative adventure through the special exhibition Changing Waters. The exhibition documents the conditions of Florida’s aquatic ecosystems through approximately 40 of Lynne’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. The featured photos invite the viewer to examine the changing state of water and to consider his or her personal relationship to this critical resource.

Museum Members: $3
Non-Members: $5
Children 16 & under: FREE
Purchase tickets online here or call 941-746-4131, ext. 113.
Beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks available for purchase.


Stelliferous Live!
Tomorrow – Wednesday, May 25, 7pm
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: $3
Non-Members: $5
Children 16 & under: FREE
Purchase tickets online here or call 941-746-4131, ext. 113.
Beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks available for purchase.


Current & Upcoming Exhibitions –


Now Open!
Powel Crosley, Jr. Community Exhibition:  His Life.  His Work.  His Impact.
With the support of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau as primary sponsor, the South Florida Museum, Manatee Village Historical Park, the Manatee County Historical Records Library, the Manatee County Agricultural Museum, the Palmetto Historical Park and the Manatee County Central Library, Eaton Florida History Room are presenting a community exhibition on Powel Crosley, Jr. entitled, Powel Crosley, Jr. Community Exhibition:  His Life.  His Work.  His Impact. Each site features one or two aspects of Crosley’s life and innovations and ties those to the site’s purpose and collections.
The Exhibition runs until September 30 (except for the Manatee County Central Library, Eaton Florida History Room which will open June 1 and run through August 31). Those who visit all six sites and get an “entry form” stamped (turning the card in at the last site visited) will be entered to win a replica Crosley radio courtesy of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. (Those who visit during May and September when the Eaton Florida History Room at the Central Library is not participating only need to get five sites stamped). Entry forms are available at each of the Exhibition sites.
Powel Crosley Jr. from Cincinnati_ Ohio pictured with the wireless_ crystal radio set that he perfected and manufactured_ 1938. The stuffed toy dog on his lap was a company mascot known as the _Crosley Pup_.
Powel Crosley Jr. from Cincinnati, Ohio pictured with the wireless, crystal radio set that he perfected and manufactured, 1938. The stuffed toy dog on his lap was a company mascot known as the Crosley Pup. Credit:
The exhibits at each site will educate our community and visitors about the work of Powel Crosley, Jr., his importance to American history and development, and his ties to Manatee County and draw closer attention to the Powel Crosley Estate operated by the Bradenton Convention and Visitors Bureau. It will also promote the downtown cultural institutions of Bradenton and Palmetto and build collaboration between them attracting visitors to the community in the urban areas.

The South Florida Museum focuses on radio development and experimentation. Visitors will be able to see a variety of Crosley radio receivers from the 1920’s-1930’s and early radio marketing material such as the Crosley Pup. They may also learn about Crosley’s influence on other technologies, eventually leading up to our current use of all-encompassing “mobile devices.”

Temporary Exhibitions are included in general Museum admission. Get your Powel Crosley Community Exhibition entry form (available at each exhibition site) stamped for $3 off general admission for up to 4 people at the South Florida Museum.


Changing Waters

Photography by Lynne Buchanan in the Museum’s East Gallery through June 5
“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.


The Great Coprolite Collection 
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 1,277 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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