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941-746-4131 ex 31


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Tues. - Sat. 10 am to 5 pm 
Sunday Noon to 5 pm
(Closed Mondays until Jan.)


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Special Events

 

Upcoming Special Events

SOLD OUT "Sneak Peek" Event at the Mall at University Town Center

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 6:30 PM


SOLD OUT
Get a ‘Sneak Peek’ at The Mall at University Town Center
and Support the South Florida Museum

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
(the night before the center opens to the public)

Tickets: SOLD OUT
$100 each - 100% of the ticket price will benefit the South Florida Museum.


Be the first to shop at The Mall at University Town Center throughout the evening!

Ten local non-profits, including the South Florida Museum will benefit from the Sneak Peek of The Mall at University Town Center with 100% of the ticket sales going directly to one of the following charities of your choice. Charities include: All Faith’s Food Bank, Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota, Circus Arts Conservatory – Sailor Circus, Florida Studio Theater, The Food Bank of Manatee, Girl’s Inc., The Manatee Players, The Mote Aquarium – Mote Marine Laboratory, Nate’s Animal Rescue, and South Florida Museum.

  • Continuous Entertainment
  • Food and Beverages throughout the Center
  • Complimentary Valet Parking
  • Receive a $20 gift card from The Mall at University Town Center upon check-in



Adult Ticket - SOLD OUT $100.00 (fully tax-deductible)

For more information, contact Laurie Voight at LVoight@SouthFloridaMuseum.org or call 941-746-4131, ext. 17 for tickets and information (purchases will not be accepted by email).

Evolving Universe Exhibition Reception

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

Thursday, October 30, 2014 7:30 PM

On October 30, 1938, CBS Radio broadcast Orson Wells' 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

Click Here to Purchase Tickets


Snooty's Gala 2014: Shaken, Not Stirred

Saturday, November 01, 2014 6:00 PM

Copenhagen

Thursday, November 20, 2014 7:00 PM

Copenhagen 

A Play by Michael Frayn

In an atomic limbo, German physicist Werner Heisenberg, Danish physicist Niels Bohr, and his wife Margrethe Bohr examine one of the most pivotal forgotten moments in human history: a meeting in Copenhagen in 1941 that unintentionally decided whether Hitler would acquire nuclear power before the Allies.

Live theatrical performance in the Bishop Planetarium presented by Little Grey Hat Productions

Prices: $15 General Admission, $8 museum remembers and students with a valid I.D.

Click Here to Purchase Tickets 

Star of Bethlehem

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

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.