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December 30, 2015

Hours & Information:
Monday – Saturday:
10 am to 5 pm
Sunday: Noon to 5 pm
(Closed New Year’s Day.)
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

Ready to Learn Something New in 2016?

The Museum Store is OPEN on New Year’s Eve, 10 am – 5 pm. 
Are you thinking of starting a new hobby in 2016 – or expanding your knowledge in an area of interest?
The Museum Store has a wide array of items to help you keep your “mental” New Year’s resolution. Whether you’re looking to increase your knowledge of Florida history, take up astronomy, or learn more about bird watching – we have something to meet your needs.
The Museum Store is open during all regular Museum hours, no admission necessary.

Give the Gift of the Museum with Discounted Membership Certificates!

Only one more day to save!
15% Off Museum Membership Gift Certificates Through the End of the Year!
Membership Gift Certificates are now available at a 15% discount through the end of the year – there’s no better time to pass on the love of learning! These holiday discounted gift certificates are only available in the Museum Store at 201 10th Street West (open during regular Museum admission hours; no admission necessary) or by calling 941-746-4131, ext. 128.
They are not available for sale online. The sale will end December 31, 2015. Don’t miss out on this exceptional value! Stop by the Museum Store soon.

Special Year-End Membership Offer 
If you are not yet a Member – or if you are coming up on your renewal date – now is the time to renew! If you sign up for a new membership – or renew or upgrade your current membership – by December 31, 2015, you may use the promotional code THANKS15 online (also available for purchases made in person at the Museum or by phone at 941-746-4131, ext. 117) to receive a 2 month extension on your membership term! (Instead of a 12 month membership, you will be upgraded to a 14 month membership.) Click here to purchase or renew your membership now! (And don’t forget to use promo code THANKS15 for your FREE 2 month term extension!)
For more information, please email Laurie Voight or call 941-746-4131, ext. 117.


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Happy New Year from the South Florida Museum!
The Museum will be CLOSED this Friday, January 1, 2016 for the holiday.

Reminder: The Museum will be closed on New Year’s Day, this Friday, January 1, 2016. 
The Museum is open for regular business hours tomorrow on New Year’s Eve, December 31 (from 10 am – 5 pm) and will return to normal business hours on Saturday, January 2 (from 10 am – 8 pm, open late for Family Night – click here or read below for details). 

Now is Your Last Chance to Make an End of Year Donation!
Support the Museum’s operations to help inspire curiosity and foster life-long learning for all ages! Please consider making a tax-deductible end of year donation to help support the Museum’s operations. Your gift will help support the Manatee Care Program, astronomy and natural history education, the preservation of the Museum’s collections and the Museum’s exhibitions.
If you prefer to make your gift via check, please make it payable to “South Florida Museum” and mail it to:
PO Box 9265, Bradenton, FL 34206

If you have any questions about making a gift to the South Florida Museum, please contact Community Engagement Manager Dannie Sherrill at 941-216-3457 or by email at [email protected].

Family Night

 – “Photography Fun”
This Saturday, January 2, 2016 from 3-8 pm
Family Night offers reduced Museum Admission after 3 pm! Adults – $9, Seniors (65+) – $8, Children (4-12) – $7, Children 3 & under are FREE. 

NEW! “Photos from the Quad Competition”
on display in the Curator’s Choice Gallery through January 2016
Many of the photographers whose work was scored as the top 24 photos in the competition, which are now on display at the Museum, attended a private reception on December 2.
The Quad competition is a friendly photo competition between four local photography clubs: Sun City Center Photography Club, Suncoast Photography Club, Sarasota Photography and Lakewood Ranch Photography Club. This year’s top 24 scored photographs from all four clubs combined are on display in the South Florida Museum’s Curator’s Choice Gallery through January. The Museum’s collection of more than 75 vintage cameras spanning the time-frame of post-civil war to current 3D scanning is displayed and interpreted in the Visible Storage galleries adjacent to the photographs.

Photographer Bob Cameron with his selected photograph Ruby Beach in Washington.
The Winner of this years Quad Competition is Sarasota Camera Club. Congratulations to the Sarasota Camera Club and to the 24 photographers whose photos are now on display!
The Curator’s Choice Gallery is on the Museum’s second floor. Special Exhibitions are included in Daily Museum Admission and open during all regular Museum hours. Photos from the Quad Competition will be on exhibit through January.

And don’t miss these breathtaking special exhibitions still on display at the Museum! 
East Gallery: Clyde Butcher’s
Photo taken by Clyde Butcher of the East Gallery with his exhibition, 
Cuba: The Natural Beauty
 on display. 
“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 presents Clyde Butcher’s photography exhibition Cuba – The Natural Beauty as the focal point of several Cuba related exhibitions and program components through January 16, 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 Pinar del Rio region.
“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.
Also in the East Gallery: Lynne Buchanan’s 
 Lynne Buchanan’s Cuba On the Brink of Change – running concurrently with Clyde Butcher’s Cuba – The Natural Beauty through 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.”
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 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.
Special exhibitions are included in Daily Museum Admission. Call 941-746-4131, ext. 0 or visit us online at for more information. 

Upcoming Programs –

NEW! IQuest is a monthly program for middle school students 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.
January 9, 4 – 8 pm: Time Warp Breakout Challenge!
Can your team solve the cryptogram riddles to unlock the secrets of the past to escape the exhibit before time runs out? The clock is ticking!

Tickets: $5 Students ONLY – Space is limited; reservations required. Admission includes a slice of pizza and a drink. Click here to purchase tickets now or contact Ms. Sam at [email protected] or call 941-746-4131, ext. 131.


think + drink (science) – “Cuba on the Brink of Change” with Lynne Buchanan
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 7 pm
Join photographer Lynne Buchanan for a photographic journey to Cuba. Explore the fresh spirit of the Cuban people as captured in stunning color photos that celebrate the culture of this unique island on the brink of ecological, social and economic change.
Tickets: $3 Museum Members / $5 Non-members. Click here to purchase tickets now.
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