Working with the Suncoast Campaign for Grade Level Reading, The South Florida Museum is committed to helping ensure that all students are reading at grade level. This community driven effort is part of the National Campaign for Grade Level Reading and seeks to ensure that all children are reading at grade level by 3rd grade. “Third grade is a critical time for students as they move from learning to read to reading to learn. Students who are not reading at grade level by third grade are at great risk of falling further behind as the curriculum becomes more complex in fourth grade.” says Dannie Sherrill, Museum Community Engagement Manager and member of the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Steering Committee. The Campaign seeks to increase third grade reading proficiency, especially those from low-income families, through work in these five areas: Attendance, Health, Parent Engagement, School Readiness and Summer Learning.
One way the Museum has recently partnered with the Campaign for Grade Level Reading is by providing opportunities for students to engage in enriching learning opportunities during the summer months. This past July the Museum hosted its first ever Summer Learning Day where the Museum opened its doors free of charge to all students in Manatee and Sarasota Counties. In addition each student could bring their parent and/or caregiver free of charge as well. Over 700 participants came to the Museum for Summer Learning Day and took advantage of our educational offering.
To learn more about the Suncoast Campaign for Grade Level Reading or to find out how you can get involved visit GradeLevel
There’s always something new in the Museum Store! Now available – cute and functional manatee pewter manatee home accessories including tea steepers, wine bottle stoppers and candle holders. Stop by to check them out. And don’t forget to browse our extensive assortment of t-shirts, wildlife artwork, books and children’s toys!
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.
Join us for our exciting live star talk, Stelliferous Live with Jeff Rodgers, Director of the Bishop Planetarium. Stelliferous Live takes place the fourth Wednesday of every month at 7 pm in the Bishop Planetarium.
Each month, we’ll take a look at the upcoming month’s night skies, then enjoy a discussion about current events in astronomy. Past topics include the Higgs Boson, the search for extrasolar planets and the future of space exploration.
Museum Members – $3
Non-Members – $5
Click here to purchase tickets now or call 941-746-4131, ext. 13. Seating is limited. Please print electronic ticket and present upon arrival. 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.
Join us this Saturday, September 26 from 10 am – 5 pm for Museum Day Live! – a FREE all-day event at the South Florida Museum!
The South Florida Museum is a proud Smithsonian Affiliate Museum. On September 26, South Florida Museum will participate in Museum Day Live! In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian Magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket… for free.The Museum Day Live! ticket provides free admission for two people. To register for your ticket, click here now.
festivities in conjunction with
Family Night at the Museum –
Saturday, October 3 at 10 am – 8 pm
Half-priced admission all day!
The South Florida Museum is proud to partner with local and state agencies, organizations and clubs to promote the exploration, education and protection of our ancient past. Guests will meet real paleontologists and geologists who work every day to uncover the secrets fossils reveal about our Earth and the lives that once dwelled on our rocky planet.
Special Exhibition Unveiling: The Amazing Coprolite Collection!
South Florida Museum Director of Education Jeff Rodgers pictured with the largest speciman in the collection, nicknamed “Precious” by George Frandsen.
On August 1, 2015 the South Florida Museum hosted an epic Guinness World Records record attempt – a fossilized poop count! Two paleontology specialists from the Florida Museum of Natural History and a very patient witness meticulously inspected each coprolite specimen from George Frandsen, Curator of the Poozeum, to determine if it was a true fossilized poo or pseudo fossilized poo. South Florida Museum staff supervised the event to help ensure all of the rules were followed during the several hour count.
Guinness World Records reviewed hours of video, photos, statements, and most importantly a comprehensive inventory detailing specimen place of discovery, size, weight, and age to determine the validity of the 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. During the count, over 30 imposter poops were discovered and were subsequently removed from the collection.
The world’s largest coprolite collection will be showcased 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 for several months. The Poozeum Curator George Frandsen will be onsite at National Fossil Day and will be presenting “Fun with Fossilized Poo” at 12:30 pm during the event. To learn more about the Guinness World Record holding largest Coprolite collection, visit the Poozeum website here.
Additional Event Features:
Junior Paleontologist Badge Program presented by the De Soto National Memorial Park Rangers
Outdoors Fossil dig for kids! Sponsored by Mosaic
Fossil Exhibitions from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm from the Florida Museum of Natural History, Florida Paleontological Society, Florida Fossil Hunters, the Southwest Florida Fossil Society and many others
Speakers + Workshops
Special Screening of Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure at 4:15 pm in the Bishop Planetarium
Sponsored in part by
This week’s Film Fridays screening – Friday, September 25 at 6:30 pm
6:30 pm – Music by Sean McInerney & Erik Livingston, offering up acoustic melodies tempered with electric sensibilities.
7:30 pm – Mistaken For Strangers (2014) Rated G, 75 mins. Hailed by Pitchfork as “the funniest, most ‘meta’ music movie since This is Spinal Tap,” Mistaken for Strangers is a truly hilarious and touching film about two brothers. Matt is the lead singer of the critically acclaimed rock band The National, and his younger brother Tom is a loveable slacker. What starts as a rock documentary quickly becomes a crowd-pleasing journey about family, ambition, and the creative process.
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).
Clyde Butcher’s Cuba: The Natural Beauty in the Museum’s East Gallery October 8, 2015 – January 16, 2016.
presented by the Manatee Herald-Tribune.
This photo titled Via Escencia #3 shows a general view of the scenic southeast coast of Cuba’s Granma province. Photos in the exhibition were taken during three expeditions to the mountains of Cuba.
“As we traveled down Via Escencia the beauty and similarity
to Highway One in California repeatedly occurred.
I had a great time photographing the area … so many textures and shapes!”
~ Clyde Butcher
The South Florida Museum will present Clyde Butcher’s photography exhibition Cuba – The Natural Beauty as the focal point of several Cuba related exhibitions and program components between October, 2015 and January, 2016.
Commissioned by the United Nations to create a portfolio of the mountainous lands of Cuba in 2002, Clyde Butcher set out on three week-long expeditions into unfamiliar lands. He explored the island country’s varied geographic regions, from the Sierra Maestra Mountains in Cuba’s eastern Granma province, to the southern coast between Manzananilo and Santiago de Cuba. He ventured to places including Baracoa in the northeast, the southern waterfalls of the Serra de San Juan, and the mogotes of the west in the Piña del Rio region.
While taking photographs for the Conference for the Sustainable Habitat of the Mountains, Clyde thought about being part of an event changing history for the better, and enthusiastically saw an opportunity to make a positive difference. His photography transcends political boundaries, challenging us to work together to protect natural places across the globe.
The South Florida Museum is honored to host this amazing exhibit which is comprised of photographs taken during Butcher’s three expeditions to the mountains of Cuba. Butcher, who is best known for his evocative black and white photographs of Florida wetlands, developed by hand only 15 silver gelatin prints of each photograph of his Cuba collection, ranging in size from 16×20 inches to 30×40 inches. The collection includes 26 large format photos from the series.
“It is my hope that these photographs open to the world unseen beauty that lies just 90 miles to the south of Florida,” Butcher said.
Exhibition Opening Reception:
Thursday, October 8 at 5:30 pm. (Free for Museum Members, $5 Non-Members)
Join us as we open Clyde Butcher’s Cuba – The Natural Beauty, along with related exhibitions throughout the Museum. Speak to Museum staff and special guests about the work. Light refreshments provided; beer and wine available for purchase. Click here for tickets.
In addition to the Clyde Butcher centerpiece exhibition, the South Florida Museum will present additional exhibition and programmatic components on the subject of Cuba, including:
Lynne Buchanan’s Cuba Project Photography Exhibition – running concurrently with Clyde Butcher’s Cuba – The Natural Beauty from October 8, 2015 – January 16, 2016. (Included with Museum General Admission) Lynne Buchanan visited Cuba in the Fall of 2014, capturing the faces and landscape of a country on the verge of change. Ms. Buchanan says, “The purpose of this project was to document and connect with the culture and spirit of the people before the doors are fully opened to the United States and development. Through my work, I attempted to capture their fresh spirit and willingness to connect with me, an outsider looking in with a great desire to understand and an appreciation of the environmental bubble they have been living in, which is partially due to economic and political sanctions.”
Guantanamo Street Scene by Lynne Buchanan
think + drink (science) “A Natural History of Cuba” with Jeff Rodgers – Wednesday, October 14 at 7 pm. (Tickets: $3 Museum Members, $5 Non-Members) Cuba is a fascinating case study for natural history. From the geologic forces that formed a mountainous landscape just miles off the coast of flat Florida, to the sustained isolation the island offered to species adapting to its unique ecosystems, Cuba provides a wonderful backdrop for a discussion about at how nature works.Click here for tickets.
Clyde Butcher Lecture and Book Signing – Friday, October 16 at 6:30 pm. (Tickets – $10 Museum Members, $15 Non-Members) The Keynote presentation, Cuba – The Natural Beauty, consists of Clyde Butcher’s adventure photographing in black and white with a large format view camera the mysterious and primeval wilderness of Cuba. Clyde was asked to photograph Cuba by Luis Gomez-Echeverri, United Nations Development program resident coordinator in Cuba and Naples businessman John Parke Wright IV in response to the United Nations declaring 2002 the International Year of the Mountains. The program will be followed with questions from the audience and a book signing. Click here for tickets.
think + drink (science) “Science Without Borders: Collaborations in Cuba” with Dr. James “Buddy” Powell – Wednesday, November 11 at 7 pm. (Tickets: $3 Museum Members, $5 Non-Members) For the past 5 decades, the relationship between Cuba and the United States has been deeply strained. Despite the difficulties, American scientists struggle to work openly with their Cuban colleagues. Join co-speakers Dr. James “Buddy” Powell, Executive Director of the Sea to Shore Alliance and one of two Cuban collaborators: Dr. Jorge Angulo, former Director of the University of Havana Centro de Investigaciones Marinas, or Anmari Alvarez, PhD candidate at the University of Florida- the 1st Cuban student to attend an American PhD program, as they share stories about the realities of scientific work in Cuba and the importance of promoting scientific collaborations across political, cultural and economic borders. Click here for tickets.
Upcoming Programs –
2 Special Film Fridays Presentations in conjunction with Clyde Butcher’s Cuba – the Natural Beauty.
Friday, October 23, 2015 at 6 pm
Live Music by Renecito and screening of Calle 54
6 pm Live Music by Renecito
7 pm – screening of Calle 54 (2001) Rated G, 105 minutes. Experience the passion of Latin jazz! A musical journey that captures the heart and soul of an entire culture. The sound that pulsates in hot backstreet clubs and recording studios. From Miami to Havana, the Bronx to Andalusia. A series of performances that reveal how these great Latin heroes use their extraordinary musical talent as a vehicle for storytelling, protest and, above all, the celebration of life. Tickets: $5 Museum Members / $7 Non-members. Click here to purchase tickets now.
Friday, October 30, 2015 at 6 pm
Live Music TBD and screening of Before Night Falls
6 pm Live Music TBD
7 pm – screening of Before Night Falls (2000) Rated R, 130 minutes. A richly imagined journey into the life and writings of brilliant Cuban author and exile Reinaldo Arenas. It spans the whole of Arenas’ life, from his rural childhood and his early embrace of the Revolution to the persecution he would later experience as a writer and homosexual in Castro’s Cuba; from his departure from Cuba in the Mariel Harbor exodus of 1980 to his exile and death in the United States. Tickets: $5 Museum Members / $7 Non-members. Click here to purchase tickets now.
The South Florida Museum Is Proud To Partner With The Asolo Repertory Theatre To Present
By William Shakespeare Adapted and Directed by Jen Wineman
“If music be the food of love, play on.” And so the madcap adventure begins in Shakespeare’s beloved romantic comedy, weaving love and longing into a tangled web of mischief, mayhem and mistaken identities. Director Jen Wineman, who helmed last year’s infectiously popular A Midsummer Night’s Dream, works her magic on Twelfth Night with a playful and contemporary staging in this world-premiere adaptation. Presented in a fast and funny 45 minutes, each performance is also followed by a question and answer period with the cast. The Family matinee performance will include an introductory activity with the actors and will welcome the young – and young at heart – to the magic of Twelfth Night.