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Special Exhibition – Sportsology in the Museum’s 1st Floor East Gallery Now through August 14, 2017 The same science and engineering that helps us to create new technologies scan also help us to understand how our bodies work, and how we can improve our physical prowess. In Sportsology, you’ll have the opportunity to try a number of physical activities, because it’s fun. But you’ll also get to learn about the science behind how your nerves and muscles work, why stretching can improve your perfor [...]

Special Exhibition – Quilting with a Cause in the Museum’s 2nd Floor Curator’s Choice Gallery Now through July 30, 2017 A new exhibit at the South Florida Museum explores how quilting runs through the fabric of life in America. The exhibit showcases quilts from the South Florida Museum’s collection and features quilts that showcase a variety of styles as well as lifetime milestones. The exhibit also explains aspects of early quilting, including how quilters used plant materials to make fabric dy [...]

Mark your calendar now for the most-anticipated birthday party, year after year! Snooty's 69th Birthday Bash & Wildlife Festival will be celebrated on Saturday, July 22. Call for Snooty's Birthday Volunteers! We're all excited about celebrating Snooty's Birthday Bash, but we need your help to make it a success! Volunteers for the big event are needed to help with games, admission sales, and more. (Children under 14 years old must volunteer with an adult chaperone.)   Click here to Volunteer [...]

We're Seeking Volunteers to Perform as the NEW Snooty™ the Manatee Mascot PRODUCTION OVERVIEW - Production Title: South Florida Museum Debuts "Snooty" the Manatee Mascot Production Type: Public Outreach & Community Service Production Company: South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium, Inc. Casting Director: Snooty the Manatee (with special assistance from Museum staff and supporters) Shooting Location: Bradenton, Florida Compensation: No cash compensation is available for this volunteer op [...]

Did you know that most students lose up to two months of grade-level equivalency in math skills over the summer months? That low-income students can lose more than two months in reading achievements while their higher-income peers are making slight gains? Each year, the South Florida Museum provides a vital natural science learning environment for more than 11,000 school children from 11 Florida counties as a complement to their classroom activities. But the Museum is also committed to supportin [...]

Read on for updates on Randall, Baca, and Gale, the 3 new manatees we welcomed into our Stage 2 Rehabilitation Facility, where the animals will continue to regain their health so that they can be returned to the wild. "Each of the new arrivals came into rehab for a different reason and has a different story to share," says Marilyn Margold, Director of Living Collections. Snooty, the Museum's resident manatee and the world's oldest-known manatee, is now mentoring: -- Randall, a 595-pound male res [...]

Snooty has some new pals in the Parker Manatee Aquarium! All manatees were brought to us from SeaWorld. They had been in the care of SeaWorld’s 1st stage manatee care hospital. The Museum works with SeaWorld to care for sick, injured, and orphaned manatees as part of the Manatee Rescue and Release Partnership: Randall is a male and was trapped in a culvert pipe near Palatka, FL; he was rescued December 13, 2016. Gale, a female, was brought into captivity as a calf still dependent on her mother, [...]