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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

Dr. Geek's Science Fair!

Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:00 AM

Come experience man’s technology of past, present and future! A unique blend of science and fiction, this event combines a classic sci-fi convention with a science fair. Travel back in time in H.G. Wells’ Time Machine to explore technology of the past, then tour the futuristic technology with exhibitors such as NASA, the Ghostbusters of Winter Haven and D&B Comics. Interact with panelists about cool topics in science and technology today – and what they see coming out of students and innovators into the future. Students ages 6-16 will have the chance to compete in the first inaugural Geek Games which blend fundamental STEM principles with the creativity of art and literature. The Museum is proud to take advantage of the Doctor Geek’s Science Fair to partner with Bright House Networks, who will be launching its own Bright House - “Bright Ideas STEM from Today’s Youth,” a multi-state competition where high school students show how STEM – that’s science, technology, engineering and math – can bring their idea to life! There will also be a special performance by Steampunk / Dr. Who themed rock group The Ken Spivey Band! Doctor Geek’s Science Fair is a distinctive one day expo that combines a classic science fiction convention with a science fair.

Who is Doctor Geek? Dr. Scott Viguié is a modern day Renaissance man.  Holding two doctorates, he is an attorney, archaeologist, author and actor.  Scott fulfilled his passion for educating others, and particularly rekindling an interest in the sciences, by creating Doctor Geek’s Laboratory of Applied Geekdom, an audio edutainment show dedicated to STEM outreach. The show combines science and fiction to educate and inspire others to help bring about the world of tomorrow today. One of Scott’s greatest joys in life is showing people that they, too, can achieve their dreams and build a better future. As he likes to say, “Nothing is impossible, just highly improbable.”  

The Geek Games*

The inaugural Applied Geekdom competition, "The Geek Games" is open this year to students ages 6-16 and will include STEM challenges: "Roving on the Moon" Design Challenge and "Touchdown on the Red Planet" - both presented with NASA - as well as "Designing Your Own Comic Book" with D & B Comics. *All students must pay the $10 general admission ticket to enter. Students may pre-register for The Geek Games or register when they arrive at the event. To pre-register for one or all of the individual games, or for more information, please call Samantha Sprague: 941-746-4131, ext. 31. Spaces are limited. Please register early to ensure participation. Winners will be selected by professionals in each of the individual fields of study. Student work will be judged based upon STEM skills fitting the specific challenge.

*All students must pay the $10 general admission ticket to enter. Students may pre-register for The Geek Games or register when they arrive at the event.To pre-register for one or all of the individual games, or for more information please call Samantha Sprague: 941-746-4131, ext. 31. 

*The Geek Games are open to all students ages 6-16. Spaces are limited. Please register early to ensure participation. 

*Winners will be selected by professionals in each of the individual fields of study. Student work will be judged based upon a predetermined rubric fitting the specific challenge. 

To learn more about Dr. Geek and his Laboratory of Applied Geekdom CLICK HERE!

Entrants in the Geek Games and visitors to Doctor Geek’s Science Fair are also encouraged to participate in Bright House Networks’  Bright Ideas competition. It’s been said that today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders. They’re also tomorrow’s innovators and inventors. They are OUR future. They are the ones who can help create new opportunities for our local economies to prosper and flourish. So, to inspire our local youth to develop new ideas that can change the world, Bright House Networks is proud to present “Bright Ideas STEM from Today’s Youth.” Whether you enter as an individual or as a team of up to three students, you’ll want to think about a cool new idea, powered by STEM, that can make the world a better place. More information and the online entry form are available at brightideas.brighthouse.com/.

Doctor Geek's Laboratory: Exploring the Future Today -Panel discussions and Special Presentations in the Planetarium will include:

  • Join the cast of Doctor Geek's Laboratory as they explore the past two seasons of the audio show. 
    • What does it take to create a modern radio program?
    • Where is your flying car?
    • Will bionics make me better, faster and stronger?
  • The Science of Applied Geekdom- Take your passion for your favorite fiction to the next level.  The experts on this panel will tell you what it takes to build that perfect replica. Featuring: Thomas J. Galvin, III and The Time Machine, and the Ghostbusters of Winter Haven.
  • The Science of Fiction - New York Times Best Selling AuthorDebbie Viguié talks about how use inspiration, imagination, and research to craft a great book.
  • Designing the Future -Learn about the future of innovation with Slipstream, a student group competing in the International F1 In Schools engineering competition (a partnership with Formula One racing).
  • Performance by The Ken Spivey Band -The Ken Spivey Band is an MTV.com praised Time Lord Rock group that combines Steampunk elements with mad Celtic energy into Time-Wimey, theatrical, and comedic revelry.
Exhibitors at Doctor Geek's Science Fair will include NASA,Bright Ideas from Bright House NetworksFlorida Public Archaeology NetworkUSF Geology Graduate Student Organization (GSSO)Thomas J. Galvin, III presenting H.G. Wells and The Time MachineGhostbusters of Winter Haven, members of theOwlHoots living history organization, and the local Starfleet chapter USS Venus.

Priority-ONE all access pass $10 in advance ($15 at the door if available)

$10 general admission day of the event

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


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).

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.