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Category: Exhibition Archives

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 [...]

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 [...]

What makes a watch tick? How does a sewing machine stitch? Where does an iPod get its shuffle? For people who have ever asked these questions, the South Florida Museum's newest special exhibit -- Things Come Apart -- will be a revelation. Circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, this special showing features the works of creative photographer and tinkerer Todd McLellan, who looked inside the evolutions of the smartphone and dozens of other everyday technologies to [...]

How People Make Things: Open January 27 - May 6, 2018 in the Museum's East Gallery Members and the public are invited to join us for our special opening reception for How People Make Things at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26. Museum Members get in free. Non-members pay just $5.  Get reception tickets now. Every object we touch every day has a story behind it -- the story of how it was made. Was it sculpted, molded, folded, shaped? Shifted, shined, straightened or cut? On Jan. 27, the South Florida Mus [...]

Museum Expansion Hailed as Important for Kids, Important for Bradenton, Important for the Region On Tuesday, January 16, 2018, the South Florida Museum ushered in a new era of science education when officials broke ground for an expansion that will bring new innovative programs and spaces to the community's largest cultural attraction. "Today we are officially breaking ground on the Museum's North Education Center, a major leap forward in the Museum's evolution, positioning us to expand the reac [...]

Open in the South Florida Museum’s East Gallery from September 22, 2017 – January 18, 2018 “50 Greatest Photographs” showcases many of the most compelling images published in the history of the magazine. This exhibition will transport visitors behind the lens of some of National Geographic’s most engaging images. From Steve McCurry’s unforgettable Afghan girl, to Michael “Nick” Nichols’s iconic photograph of Jane Goodall and a chimpanzee, to Thomas Abercrombie’s never-before-seen view of Mecca, [...]

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 [...]