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Contact Samantha Sprague, Curator of Education

941-746-4131 ex 31

Current Hours

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

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201 10th St. W | Bradenton FL 34205
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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 science fiction convention with a science fair. Travel back in time in H.G. Well’s Time Machine to explore technology of the past then tour the futuristic technology with exhibitors such as NASA and USF Robotics. 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. Special performance by Steampunk/ Dr. Who rock group The Ken Spivey Band!

The Geek Games*

  • Planet X Rover Design Challenge presented with NASA
  • GMO Petting Zoo: Bio-Engineering Beasts (The Science of Jurassic Park)
  • The Future of Fuel: Powering the Flying Car
  • & More TBA!

*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 ex 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!

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

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 Live Radio Broadcast

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 as Little Grey Hat Productions recreates the live broadcast right here in our Bishop Planetarium.  It will be an experience you will never forget! 



Thursday, October 30, 7:30 pm

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Snooty's Gala 2014: Shaken, Not Stirred

Saturday, November 01, 2014 6:00 PM