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Family Night at the Museum

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The first Saturday of most months presents a whole new way to explore the Museum. Each Family Night offers something new to see and do. It could be a family-friendly film or maybe a live performance. Then there might be a scavenger hunt through the Museum or  hands-on activities to engage the entire family. One thing is for sure - it'll be fun and educational!

Family Night Details:

  • The Museum is open until 8:00 p.m. and admission is half price after 4:00 p.m!
  • Most Family Nights include a Live Star Talk and/or a Space Show in the Bishop Planetarium, check individual dates for more information.
  • The Rock Hall of Fame Planetarium show runs from 8:15 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Museum Friends Members are always free for Family Night and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

Each Family Night is different, please check below for specific show schedules and Museum programs. 



Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

Upcoming Family Night Events

Family Night: National Fossil Day!

Saturday, October 04, 2014 10:00 AM

National Fossil Day

A very special Family Night Event

1/2 price admission to the museum all day! 

(Please Note: National Fossil Day takes place on October 15, 2014 - however, the Museum is celebrating the event on Saturday, October 4 during our monthly Family Night.)

National Fossil Day is a celebration organized by the National Park Service to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational values. 

The South Florida Museum is excited to be the host institution this year and to partner with local and state agencies, organizations and clubs. Guests can come and meet real paleontologists and geologists who work everyday to uncover the secrets fossils reveal about our ancient Earth. 

  • Special Screening of Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure at 4:15 pm in the Bishop Planetarium (a National Geographic film, unrated family friendly, 40 min)
  • Junior Paleontologist Badge Program presented by the Desoto National Memorial Park Rangers
  • Outdoors Fossil dig for kids! Sponsored by Mosaic 
  • Fossil Exhibitions from the Florida Museum of Natural History, Florida Paleontological Society, Florida Fossil Hunters, the Southwest Florida Fossil Society and many others
  • Speaker schedule TBA
  • Stay tuned for more information!

Prices: $9 adults, $8 Seniors 65+, $7 children, kids under 4 FREE

As always museum members are always FREE

To purchase your tickets in advance Click Here! 

National Fossil Day Partners:

To learn more about National Fossil Day, click here to visit the National Park Service website 


Please note: Family Night at the Museum programs may vary due to other special events and Museum programs. When planning your next visit, please be sure to check this web page to view the upcoming scheduled events and Family Night themes.

Current Hours

Tues. - Sat. 10 am to 5 pm 
Sunday Noon to 5 pm
(Closed Mondays until Jan.)

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