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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, [...]

After Snooty's tragic death in July, the South Florida Museum made a promise to the community to examine — with the help of outside experts — whether there were failures of physical facilities, whether there were human errors and whether appropriate policies and operating procedures were in place and followed. On Aug. 31, Museum officials thanked the community for its patience while the Board of Trustees conducted this evaluation and shared the results from the report and the details of the chan [...]

Snooty, the world's oldest-known manatee, died on July 23, 2017 at age 69. "Our initial findings indicate that Snooty's death was a heartbreaking accident and we're all devastated about his passing," said Brynne Anne Besio, the Museum's CEO. "We're reviewing what happened and will be conducting a full review of the circumstances. Snooty was such a unique animal and he had so much personality that people couldn't help but be drawn to him. As you can imagine, I -- and our staff, volunteers and boa [...]

Please join us for our 25th Annual Snooty's Gala on Saturday, November 4, 2017 presented by Bank of America - featuring the sounds of Serenade of Souls, dinner by Michael's On East and a high-end silent auction and raffle. All proceeds benefit the South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Contact Laurie Voight at 941-216-3463 or LVoight@SouthFloridaMuseum.org for more information or to purchase tickets.

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 [...]

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, [...]