Museum Media News:
The South Florida Museum's one-stop news update for the media
For Immediate Release
Jan. 14, 2016
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941.216.3460, or cell, 649.522.1779.
Happy New Year!

I hope your year is getting off to a great start. At the South Florida Museum, we've already jumped into a new season with exhibit changes coming up and new programs and special events planned.

If you haven't seen our Clyde Butcher exhibit yet, don't delay: Sunday is the last day it will be here.

And don't forget: We're here if you need expert sources to discuss astronomy, manatee care, history and historical archives. Email me or call me anytime with questions at 941.216.3460 (office) or 646.522.1779 (cell).

Jessica Schubick
Communications Manager, South Florida Museum

P.S. Just a reminder: We're in our extended seasonal hours now through April 30, with the South Florida Museum open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. 
Special Film Screening: Jan. 22
2001: A Space Odyssey
Join us for a special film screening of Stanley Kubrick's groundbreaking classic: 2001: A Space Odyssey.

This mind-bending sci-fi epic pushed the limits of narrative and special effects toward a meditation on technology and humanity. See it as never before in all its visual glory on our full dome Planetarium theater. 
  • When: 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22
  • Where: The Bishop Planetarium
  • Tickets: $5 for Museum Members; $7 for nonmembers
  • Purchase tickets now
Join Us: Jan. 27
Let's Talk Stars
Join us for our next monthly star talk with Jeff Rodgers, Director of the Bishop Planetarium, as he presents Stelliferous Live. This monthly star talk at 7 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of every month offers a look at what's going on in our night skies with an overview of our planets and constellations. Rodgers also discusses current events in astronomy and opens the floor for an always-fun question and answer session.  


Now Showing in The Bishop Planetarium

Sunstruck on the Full Dome 

Join us in the Bishop Planetarium for our newest show, Sunstruck. Made available thanks to a NASA grant, this program helps visitors discover the wonders of our sun and its connection to the universe's cosmic cycle of life and death.
Sunstruck is now showing at 12:40 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Live Star Talks: Join us in the Bishop Planetarium as a staff astronomer shows you the notable stars, planets, constellations and asterisms that can be seen in our local night skies. 1:30 p.m. every Wednesday-Saturday and 2:15 each Sunday.
Free with admission.
Last Day: Sunday   
Clyde Butcher's Cuba - The Natural Beauty

If you haven't yet had the opportunity to view Clyde Butcher's collection Cuba -- The Natural Beauty in the East Gallery, now is the time to come for a visit. This special exhibit showcasing Butcher's spectacular and evocative black and white landscapes is only open through Sunday, Jan. 17.

Butcher, best known for his photographs of Florida's Everglades, was invited to take his large-format cameras to photograph some of the most remote and mountainous locations on Cuba in 2002 and 2003 as part of the United Nations' International Year of the Mountains.
  • The special exhibit is free with regular admission.

Presenting Sponsor 
From Lynne Buchanan's photography exhibition Cuba On the Brink of Change.
Last Day: Sunday
Cuba on the Brink of Change

Photographer Lynne Buchanan visited Cuba in the fall of 2014, capturing the faces and landscape of a country on the verge of change. Her goal was to document the island nation before the changes expected to occur as Cuba's borders become more open to U.S. visitors.

Her exhibit Cuba on the Brink of Change (which is free with regular admission), part of our Cuba-themed series of events, will also be closing after Sunday, Jan. 17.
Bob Cameron of the Sarasota Camera Club with his work
"Ruby Beach in Washington State."
Now Open Through the Month's End  
Photography Exhibit Now Open at South Florida Museum

Visitors to the South Florida Museum have an opportunity to see photos from some of the region's best photographers in a new exhibit that is now open in the Curator's Choice Gallery.
Photos from the "2015 Quad Competition" -- a friendly competition among four area photo clubs -- will be on display through January 2016. The works are from members of the Sun City Center Camera Club, Suncoast Camera Club, Sarasota Camera Club and Lakewood Ranch Digital Photography Club and feature images from Southwest Florida and beyond.
Visitors can also view an adjacent exhibit of 75 of the Museum's cameras -- from vintage post-civil war cameras to the latest in today's 3D scanning cameras.
  • Exhibit is free with regular admission
Open through Summer 2016
World's Largest Coprolite Collection 

When Guinness World Records certified George Frandsen's coprolite collection as the world's largest collection of fossilized dung, South Florida Museum staff supervised the hours-long count to help ensure all of the Guinness World Records rules were followed. This unique collection -- which includes a fossilized poo specimen nicknamed 'Precious' believed to have been left behind by a crocodilian species -- remains on display at the Museum through Summer 2016. Visiting is free with regular admission.  
About the South Florida Museum
As the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida's Gulf Coast, the South Florida Museum offers engaging exhibits as well as educational programs that interpret the scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world and our universe. In addition to permanent exhibits, the Museum features a constantly changing lineup of temporary exhibitions -- offering something new to discover with each visit. The Museum includes the all-digital Bishop Planetarium Theater and the Parker Manatee Aquarium. The Bishop Planetarium is the Gulf Coast's premier astronomy education facility, outfitted with a state-of-the-art Planetarium and projection system with stunning multimedia capabilities. The Parker Manatee Aquarium is home to Snooty™, Manatee County's official mascot and the oldest known manatee in the world, as certified by Guinness World Records. Snooty shares his Aquarium pool with other manatees that have been injured or orphaned and are being rehabilitated for return to the wild as part of the Manatee Rehabilitation and Release Partnership.

South Florida Museum hours vary by season. Visit for details or call 941-746-4131.

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