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Wednesday, August 27 – 

Tomorrow Night at 7 pm



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Definition – full of stars

Join us for our exciting live star talk, Stelliferous Live – this month with Samantha Sprague, South Florida Museum Curator of Education.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 – $2

Non-Members – $4

(children 16 and under are FREE)


Paid reservations are required; please RSVP by clicking here or call Laurie Voight at 941-746-4131, ext. 17. 

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).

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Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.  

Tickets are Going FAST!
This Friday, August 29
7 pm Neil Young: Heart of Gold
with Live Musical Performance by The Other Ryan Willis at 6 pm
The South Florida Museum is pleased to present Film Fridays, our exciting film program presenting the best movies you’ve (n)ever seen – most Fridays at 6 pm. Don’t forget to join us early for our selection of beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks available for purchase. Please note: the theater may be cold, sweaters or jackets are recommended. 


“Music & Movies” – most Fridays through September 19 with music at 6 pm and screenings at 7 pm. 


Enjoy watching your favorite American musicians on the big screen in these intriguing and insightful documentaries that will have your toes tapping and fingers snapping! Everyone from Elvis to Neil Young to the Ramones are featured in these rollicking portraits of American musical excellence.  Join us early for LIVE MUSIC presented in partnership with Realize Bradenton, the Bradenton Downtown Development Authority, and the Del Couch Music Education Foundation.



Museum Members – $3

Non-Members – $5

Paid reservations are required; please RSVP by clicking here or call us at 941-746-4131, ext. 17. 

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.


Live Music will begin at 6 pm featuring The Other Ryan Willis. 


This week’s film starting at 7 pm: 

Neil Young: Heart of Gold – (2006) Rated PG, 103 minutes.

In the fall of 2005, Neil Young returned to the sound and style of his iconic 1972 album Harvest with Prairie Wind. This modern classic documentary was shot during a two-night performance by Neil Young at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, the original home of the Grand Ole Opry. Proving that it’s neither better to burn out nor fade away, Neil Young: Heart of Gold works both as a concert film and a meditation on mortality.


Remaining Films in the series:

Sept. 5 – Shut Up and Sing (2006)

Featuring Live Music at 6 pm and the screening at 7 pm.

Click here for reservations. 

Sept. 12 – End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones (2003)

Featuring Live Music at 6 pm and the screening at 7 pm.
Click here for reservations.

Sept. 19 – Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (1988)

Featuring Live Music at 6 pm and the screening at 7 pm.

Click here for reservations.
For full detailed listings and reservations, click here.

Sponsored in part by

Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. 


Special Museum Programs Coming Soon


The South Florida Museum presents

Dr. Geek’s Science Fair

Saturday, September 27, 10 am – 7 pm


Come experience man’s technology of the past, present and future! A unique blend of science and fiction, this event combines a classic science fiction convention with a science fair. Travel back in time in H.G. Well’sTime Machine to explore technology of the past then tour the futuristic technology with exhibitors such as NASA, USF Robotics and Bright House Networks. The day’s events will include special Planetarium presentations, discussion panels and exhibitors located throughout the Museum. Students ages 6-16  will have the chance to compete in the inaugural Geek Games which blend fundamental STEM principles with the creativity of art and literature. (Pre-registration required to participate in the Geek Games. To pre-register for one or all of the individual games, or for more information please call Samantha Sprague: 941-746-4131 ext. 31.)  Special performance by Steampunk/ Dr. Who rock group The Ken Spivey Band!

Priority-ONE All Access Pass:
$10 advance tickets / $8 Museum Members ($15 at the door, if available)

General Admission (door sales, day of the event):

 $10 (does not guarantee Planetarium presentations and panels)

 Click Here to Purchase your Priority-ONE all access pass!


Family Night at the Museum presents
“National Fossil Day”

Saturday, October 4, 10 am – 8 pm

 (Please Note: National Fossil Day takes place on October 15, 2014 – however, the Museum is celebrating the event on Saturday, October 4 during our monthly Family Night.)

National Fossil Day is a celebration organized by the National Park Service to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational values. The South Florida Museum is excited to be a host institution this year and to partner with local and state agencies, organizations and clubs. Guests can come and meet real paleontologists and geologists who work everyday to uncover the secrets fossils reveal about our ancient Earth.
Programs will include:
  • Speaker panels and exhibitors throughout the day.
  • Special Screening of Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure at 4:15 pm in the Bishop Planetarium (a National Geographic film, unrated family friendly, 40 min).
  • Junior Paleontologist Badge Program presented by the De Soto National Memorial Park Rangers.
  • Outdoor Fossil dig for kids sponsored by Mosaic.
  • Fossil Exhibitions from the Florida Museum of Natural History, Florida Paleontological Society, Florida Fossil Hunters, the Southwest Florida Fossil Society and many others.
  • Specific program schedule TBA – Check our website here for more details.
Museum admission will be half price ALL DAY on Saturday, 
October 4 to celebrate this nationwide event. 
Adults – $9, Seniors (65+) – $8, Children (4-12) – $7.
(Museum Members and Children 3 & under are always FREE.)
(Reservations are not necessary.)

Please call Samantha Sprague at 941-746-4131, ext. 31 or email[email protected] for more information about these upcoming events. 


Snooty’s Gala 2014

“Shaken, Not Stirred”

For more information, contact Laurie Voight at 941-746-4131, ext. 17 or by email at [email protected].



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In This Issue:
think + drink (science)
Film Fridays – Get Your Tickets Soon!
Save the Date – Special Programs
Snooty’s Gala 2014 Save the Date
Program Calendar
Museum Awards
Snooty Cam
Museum Hours
Museum Affiliations

Events & Programs Calendar
Click here to view our upcoming calendar of events and programs. Call 941-746-4131, ext. 17 for more information.
Upcoming Programs:

Saturday, September 6 from 4 – 8 pm

“How to Train Your Dragon”

For thousands of years humans have been digging up large, strange bones of ancient creatures. Today we call them fossils and give the creatures names like Mastodon, Stegosaurus and Smilodon. But ancient man created fantastic mythology to explain these monstrous bones. One such story tells of giant, reptilian creatures that could fly and breathe fire! Come learn about the historical roots of these fierce, winged creatures and how, if at all, you too could train a dragon. Join us for a screening of How To Train Your Dragon (Rated PG, 98 min) at 4:15 pm. Click here for more information. Museum admission is half-priced after 4 pm. (Rock Hall of Fame screens duringFamily Night at 8:15 pm – admission forRock Hall ONLY is $5.)


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Wednesday, September 10 at 7 pm

“Roadside Geology with Harley Means”

Walt Disney World, the moon landing, shark attacks – these are things the average person readily associates with Florida, but geology… Not so much. From the Panhandle through the Central Lakes District all the way to the Dry Tortugas, Harvey Means, co-author of Roadside Geology of Florida and Assistant State Geologist, will lead you through a world of cavernous limestone, roiling springheads, and rock strata containing the remains of some of the strangest animals that ever walked the Earth. Return to the Museum Saturday, October 4 for a special Family Nightevent: National Fossil Day where Harley and other geologists, paleontologists and amateur fossil hunters will share their finds and their knowledge of Florida’s ancient past. think + drink (science) costs $2 for Members, $4 for Non-members; paid reservations are required. Click here to buy tickets or call 941-746-4131, ext. 17. 


Click here for a full schedule of public program events and for more information or call 941-746-4131, ext. 17 for info or to RSVP for any program.

The Festive Season is Fast Approaching – Have You Found a Venue for Your Holiday Soiree or Office Party Yet?
Are you looking for a location to host a party or event? The South Florida Museum offers a unique combination of aesthetic and practical amenities sure to make any event a memorable occasion. Contact our Facility Rental department today to learn about the options for your office or family holiday party – or any other event you’d like to make extra special at the Museum! We have spaces to fit most sizes of groups.

Click here for details or contact Laurie Voight at [email protected] or 941-746-4131, ext. 17.

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Check on wild manatees released from the South Florida Museum and other rehabilitation facilities at ManateeRescue.org.

Hours and Info
Current Museum Hours:
Tuesday through Saturday:
10 am to 5 pm
Sunday: Noon to 5 pm
 (Closed Mondays until January)
2014 Admission Prices:

Adults – $18
Seniors (65+) – $16
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
Combo Tickets are also available for the South Florida Museum and the Da Vinci Machines Exhibition, click here for more information.

For more info, call 941-746-4131, ext. 0 or visit SouthFloridaMuseum.org.

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South Florida Museum Memberships and Affiliations:
Staff List – 
Click name to email or call us at 
(941) 746-4131
Brynne Anne Besio 

CEO, ext. 18
Jack Balkan
Facility Director, ext. 26

Marilyn Margold

Director of Living Collections, ext. 20


Jeff Rodgers

Planetarium/Education Director, ext. 22


Martha Wells

Development Director, ext. 35

Matt Woodside

Director of Exhibitions and Chief Curator, ext. 37


Tiffany Birakis

Assistant Curator of Exhibitions & Collections, ext. 16


Ellen Ferraro

Visitor Services Manager, ext. 28 

Susan McCarthy

Program Coordinator, ext. 13


Scott Odell

Maintenance Technician, ext. 50

Annual Fund Manager, ext. 11
Development Researcher, ext. 51
Jessica Schubick
Communications Manager, ext. 14


Curator of Education, ext. 31
Administrative and Development Coordinator, ext. 17
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