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Category: Press Release

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 [...]

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 [...]

On Tuesday, March 27, the South Florida Museum welcomed two new patients to its Stage 2 Manatee Rehabilitation Aquarium: ONeil and Tannebaum. And on Wednesday, March 28, they were joined by Baca who returned to the Museum after a month at SeaWorld. Wednesday was also Manatee Appreciation Day -- a special day to celebrate these very special animals. The Aquarium is also open to the public again, following the completion of scheduled maintenance, including buffing and re-sealing the 60,000-gallon [...]

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 [...]

Snooty's personality and charm gave face to the plight of wild, endangered manatees. He was also the spark that led the South Florida Museum to join the Manatee Rehabilitation Partnership in 1998 and take an active role in rehabilitating sick or injured manatees so they could be returned to the wild. Snooty died in 2017, but his legacy will continue to live on at the South Florida Museum, which is redoubling its participation in the Manatee Rehabilitation Partnership (MRP) under the leadership o [...]

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, [...]