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201 10th St. W | Bradenton FL 34205 | Map It!

(941) 746-4131


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When you can't travel to us, we can skype with you!

Contact Samantha Sprague, Curator of Education

941-746-4131, ext. 31


Current Hours

Tues. - Sat. 10 am to 5 pm 
Sunday Noon to 5 pm

CLOSED this Saturday, November 1st for Snooty's Gala


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201 10th St. W | Bradenton FL 34205
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Special Events

 

Upcoming Special Events

Evolving Universe Reception (5:30 pm)

Thursday, October 30, 2014 5:30 PM

The Evolving Universe Exhibition Reception

The cosmos constantly changes. Stars are born, live out their lives, and die - sometimes calmly, sometimes explosively. Galaxies form, grow, and collide dramatically. A new exhibition developed by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO), the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, and circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, reveals the dynamic and evolving universe through breathtaking photographs and informative captions. The Evolving Universe explores how the stars, galaxies and universe undergo the same stages as life on Earth: from birth, to maturity and, eventually, to death. This remarkable journey from present-day Earth to the far reaches of space and time will be on view at the South Florida Museum from October 25, 2014 through February 2, 2015. Along their journey through space, visitors they will learn how a variety of telescopes and instruments, many developed by SAO, reveal the fascinating history of the expanding universe. All of the elements—the raw materials that make up everything in the universe, including the Earth and human bodies—are formed within stars and released into space when stars die. Images of stars at various life stages will join the compelling visuals and epic stories of supernovas, stellar nurseries, nebulae and galaxy clusters that reveal the fascinating history of the expanding universe.

The South Florida Museum will host an Exhibition Reception on Thursday, October 30 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.  Visitors will be welcome to browse the exhibition and speak with Museum staff about the exhibition and related upcoming programs. Light refreshments will be provided in addition to a cash bar.  The Reception is free to Museum Members and $5 admission for the general public. For information and reservations for the “The Evolving Universe” Reception, please contact Laurie Voight at LVoight@SouthFloridaMuseum.org or 941.746.4131 ext. 17.

Members: Free/Non-Members $5

Click here to register for this event.


War of the Worlds (7:30 pm)

Thursday, October 30, 2014 7:30 PM

On October 30, 1938, CBS Radio broadcast Orson Welles' dramatic delivery of the fierce yet fictitious details of an alien invasion. 76 years later, The War of the Worlds still strikes excitement and fear into many who remember the panic induced from that historical night. Come live history for yourself asLittle Grey Hat Productions recreates the live performance right here in our Bishop Planetarium.  It will be an experience you will never forget! 

 

ONE NIGHT ONLY

Thursday, October 30, 7:30 pm

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Snooty's Gala 2014: Shaken, Not Stirred

Saturday, November 01, 2014 6:00 PM

Star of Bethlehem (5:30 & 7:30 pm)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 5:30 PM

Star of Bethlehem


 


Back by popular demand, our Star of Bethlehem planetarium presentation allows you to explore the question "What was the Star of Bethlehem?" Howard Hochhalter, one of South Florida Museum's staff astronomers, will lead you on this journey to Jerusalem some 2,000 years ago using the Planetarium's ability to travel through time and space. Take a look at the skies and see what the magi saw. Was the star a comet, a supernova or something else entirely? Join us to explore the possibilities.

Showtimes: 5:30 & 7:30 pm 

To Purchase Tickets for the 5:30 show, click here.

To Purchase Tickets for the 7:30 show, click here. 

Star of Bethlehem (5:30 & 7:30 pm)

Thursday, December 18, 2014 5:30 PM

Star of Bethlehem




Back by popular demand, our Star of Bethlehem planetarium presentation allows you to explore the question "What was the Star of Bethlehem?" Howard Hochhalter, one of South Florida Museum's staff astronomers, will lead you on this journey to Jerusalem some 2,000 years ago using the Planetarium's ability to travel through time and space. Take a look at the skies and see what the magi saw. Was the star a comet, a supernova or something else entirely? Join us to explore the possibilities.

Showtimes: 5:30 & 7:30 pm 

To Purchase Tickets for the 5:30 show, click here.

To Purchase Tickets for the 7:30 show, click here.