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201 10th St. W

Bradenton, FL 34205

Author: Nadine Slimak

Whether you're braving Black Friday, saving up for Small Business Saturday, staking out locations for Museum Store Sunday -- or just want to get away from it all and enjoy a simple holiday pleasure or two, the South Florida Museum has your back. While the Museum is CLOSED ON THANKSGIVING, we resume our normal business hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and our regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. (We're closed on Mondays.) You can join us throughou [...]

The South Florida Museum said a fond farewell to Tannebaum the manatee on Nov. 5 as he returned to the wild 11 months after an entanglement in dock line nearly severed his tail. Tannebaum, an adult male manatee that was rescued from the mouth of the Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers in January, was returned to the wild as part of a joint effort of the Museum, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Florida's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. He was returned to the wild at Koreshan State Par [...]

December will mark the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 8 -- the first manned mission to orbit the moon. On Dec. 21, 1968, astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders were the first humans to see the dark side of the moon with their very own eyes. In celebration of this historic mission -- and Neil Armstrong's 1969 moonwalk -- the South Florida Museum is hosting the new special exhibition: A New Moon Rises. This new Smithsonian traveling exhibition, which features 49 large-s [...]

Special opportunities during this Mosaic-sponsored event include the launch of a new Pathways tour and a special movie featuring a young shark conservationist As a proud Smithsonian Affiliate, the South Florida Museum is excited to once again participate in Smithsonian magazine's Museum Day -- a day that allows guests to visit select museums nationwide for free -- including the South Florida Museum. Tickets are available free online at smithsonian.com/museumday. "We love providing the opportunit [...]

The Museum is unveiling its brand-new app designed to connect visitors to the objects in its collection and the many stories they have to tell. Pathways -- Compelling Connections for the Chronically Curious, is a smart-phone and tablet-based app that's like having a Museum expert in your own pocket. The app is available for free in the Apple and Google Play stores. (Search for Pathways SFM.) All guests have to do is download the app before their visit. Then, they use it to take fun and fascinati [...]

The South Florida Museum has created a new exhibit in the Aquarium that shows the ecosystem connections that manatees and sea turtles share and highlights how the public can help sea turtles -- which are federally listed as threatened or endangered species -- grow from egg to adulthood. "Sea turtles and manatees share similar evolutionary histories -- both animals are descendants of terrestrial species," said Ashley Girt, Pathways Project and Content Development Manager. "But they also share sim [...]

More than 1,700 visitors joined us on Thursday for Summer Learning Day at the Museum, sponsored by Mosaic. This free day for Manatee and Sarasota county students (and chaperones) helps families identify local resources that offer fun, engaging learning opportunities in their own backyards and to keep students from losing gains made during the previous school year. "We're really excited to serve more and more students from Manatee and Sarasota counties during Summer Learning Day each year," said [...]

The South Florida Museum is pleased to announce its participation in a national movement recognizing the contributions of active-duty members of the military and their families by providing a military discount. As a Blue Star Museum, we are offering free admission to the nation's active-duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. We thank all members of the military and their families for their service to our country! The free admission is available to [...]

The South Florida Museum recently welcomed six new members to its Board of Trustees who bring with them key professional experiences and backgrounds that will help the Museum remain a regional leader in its field: Dr. Jennifer Bencie, County Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health in Manatee County; Dr. LeMoyne Johnson, owner of Johnson PhotoImaging; Matthew J. Lapointe, Principal, Blalock Walters, PA; Michael C. Moore, Vice President and Business Center Manager for Hancock Whitney B [...]

FREE Summer Learning Day for Sarasota and Manatee county students sponsored by Mosaic focuses on stopping summer learning loss and showcasing local resources that offer fun, engaging opportunities Educators call it the summer slide and it has nothing to do with fun and games on the playground; instead, it refers to the downhill slide in learning that kids undergo when they’re out of school. During summer, most students lose up to two months of grade-level equivalency in math skills and low-incom [...]