Calendar of Events

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PLEASE NOTE: All times, dates and costs listed are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead for the most current information on times, dates and cost, 256-237-6766.  

Special Exhibitions

Programs and Events


January 2017

Celebrate National Bird Day
Saturday, January 7, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Come celebrate National Bird Day with Anniston Museum! Explore the Designs for Life Bird Hall and learn "owl" about  physical and behavioral characteristics of birds. Stop by the Museum Classroom to idenitfy local birds and their calls, while creating a bird feeder to home with you. Meet Cheaha State Park's Naturalist Mandy Pearson at 11:00 am for her "Build a Bird" presentation and 1 pm for her "Birds of Prey Feathered Families" presentation, both featuring LIVE Birds of Prey. 

Your National Bird Day ticket can be purchased with your admission ticket. A National Bird Day ticket gives you entrance to two presentations and the bird feeder craft. National Bird Day tickets are $2 per person for both programs, $1 per person after 12:00 pm. Children 0-3  and members are free.

ROARing Reading
Wednesday, January 11, 9:00 am

Reading is an essential part of our everyday lives. Anniston Museum invites families, school groups, book clubs, anyone with a passion for reading to join us every second Wednesday of the month for a special children's book reading featuring a guest speaker. 

To start the New Year and the Roaring Reading program off right, Anniston City Manager Kent Davis will be reading our first story. If you miss our Wednesday reading, please join us the following Sunday at 3:00 pm for a second reading by a Museum Educator. We look forward to reading with you all this year! This program is free with paid admission. Members are free. 

Third Thursday in the Gardens Program
Some Winter Swag for Your Landscape:
A collection of winter interest plants to make your garden shine
Thursday, January 19, 10:00 - 11:00 am
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

It's the middle of the winter and your garden has the blues? Not necessarily. There is an array of fantastic plants that shine in the doldrums of winter. Whether it's jazzy bark, artistic branch structure, fancy foliage, or grandiloqunet blooms, you will find something to make a statement in your mostly dormant landscape.

To reserve your spot, call Anniston Museum at 256-236-6766. Reservations are required. Cost is $5.00 per person and members are free. Payment is to be made at time of registration and may be made by cash, check (made payable to Longleaf Botanical Gardens and earmarked for educational program) or charge card in person or by phone. 

Saturday Alive! Get off my TURF
Saturday, January 21, 11:00 am 

Animals not only have to defend themselves, but have many to work hard to defend their territory. Join us for a collection of Museum LIVE educational animals and discover the many ways animals protect their property. Program is free with paid admission. Members are free. 

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February  2017

White Elephant Sale 
Saturday, February 4, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Tax-deductible donations will be accepted beginning early January through Feb 3.  Donations may be dropped off during Museum hours at the BR Williams trailer located at the overflow parking lot across from the Anniston Museum of Natural History. Signs will direct you to the area.

Grow and Tell: A Celebration of Houseplants
Sunday, February 5, 2:00 - 4:00 pm 
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Plants that spend the winter inside with us are especially
appreciated during these cold, often dreary, days.
A Sunday afternoon coffee has been planned to enjoy these
interesting plants. Ferns, begonias, orchids, amaryllis,
African violets, bromeliads, and mixed containers are a few
examples. Be sure to bring your plant(s) with you. They will
be tagged with their identification and the owner’s name.
We can all admire them and their owner can give advice on
how to care for them. There will also be plants for sale.
Susan Gibbins, Master Gardener, Longleaf Botanical
Gardens board member, and plant enthusiast, will facilitate this event.

ROARing Reading
Wednesday, February 8, 9:00 am 

To the stay at home parents, the book club folks, and the avid readers of the area, join us with the Museum and Gardens Complex Director Alan Robison for our second month of Roaring Reading! If you are unable to attend, please mark your calendar for Sunday, February 12, for our second reading by a Museum Educator. Program is free with paid admission. Members are free. 

Pruning: Techniques, Outcomes, and Design Influences
Saturday, February 11, 9:00 - 11:30 am
Anniston Museum Auditorium

We at Longleaf Botanical Gardens are delighted to welcome Frederick R. Spicer, Jr. Fred is a garden designer and a garden professional, the former CEO of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. He is a gifted teacher who is eager to share his vast knowledge of all things plants.

This will be a totally different kind of pruning lecture including an in-depth presentation with extensive illustrations. Fred will demonstrate how to prune correctly from the plant's point of view for short-term and long-term outcomes. When and how to prune will be the focus. You will learn how to prune creatively in designing your home garden. 

Space is limited!! To reserve your spot for this exceptional presentation, call Anniston Museum of Natural History at 256-237-6766. Reservations are required. Cost is $25.00 per person; $20.00 for museum members. Payment is to be made at the time of registration and may be made by cash, check (made payable to Longleaf Botanical Gardens and earmarked for educational program), or by credit/debit card in person at the museum or by phone.

If registrants are concerned about any possible cancellations, they are encouraged to call the Anniston Museum (256-237-6766) or the Berman Museum (256-237-6261).

General Refund Policy: 
We prefer that  a refund request be in writing (email will do) to include name and address.  We have to have this info for the City to issue a check.  
The request must be submitted two week prior to the event for a refund. 
There is no refund for transactions less than $10 per person

Saturday Alive! Undercover Colors
Saturday, February 11, 11:00 am 
AMNH Classroom

Look closer, I dare you. Often, what looks like something ordinary is something extraordinary. Join us to get a closer look at camouflaged animals. Program is free with paid admission. Members are free. 

Third Thursday in the Gardens Program
Gallery of Camellias
Thursday, February 16, 5:00–6:00 pm
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Join us for the February Third Thursday program which will feature the queen of the winter garden and Alabama’s state flower, the camellia! The presenter, Hayes Jackson, has 300 different camellias in his garden. Camellias are well-suited to central Alabama landscapes.  The plants are tough once established and make excellent hedges, mass plantings, and foundation plantings.  Camellias come in a bewildering number of varieties and can bloom from late August through April depending on species and variety. The program will focus on a variety of unusual and stalwart cultivars. Weather permitting and plants cooperating, there will be a nice display of blooms to ogle. Join us at 5pm to discover the wonderful array of beautiful camellias and talk about camellia culture in central Alabama.
To reserve your spot, call Anniston Museum of Natural History at 256. 237-6766. Reservations are required. Cost is $5.00 per person or free to members. Payment is to be made at the time of registration and may be made by cash, check (made payable to Longleaf Botanical Gardens and earmarked for educational programs) or charge card in person or by phone.

Mingle in the Wild: Ladies Night Out
Generously funded by Anniston Museum League
Nancy Lipham, Margaret Hatley, Lesa Cummings, Sara Rutledge, Susan Ponder, and Teresa Noell

Thursday, February 16. 7:00 - 9:00 pm 

Grab your girlfriends and slip on your dancing shoes for a ladies night at Anniston Museum. Explore the savannahs of Africa, the depths of the ocean, and predators of the world through our Exhibit Halls. Encounter live animals with Museum staff. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, wine, and dancing music. Be camera ready because this event is sure to be picture perfect (selfie sticks and props included). All proceeds of Mingle in the Wild will go to the Museum's live animal programming. This event is reserved for women ages 21 and up. Please have your ID ready at the door. Call 256-237-6766 to order tickets beginning January 2, 2017. Thank you for your support! 

This event will be generously funded by the Anniston Museum League: Nancy Lipham, Margaret Hatley, Lesa Cummings, Sara Rutledge, Susan Ponder, and Teresa Noell. 

Ticket prices: $30 Adult ticket; $25 Member Adult ticket; $20 Designated Driver Ticket

37th Annual Black Heritage Festival
Saturday, February 18, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

A 37 year dream, an ongoing journey…
Be sure to mark your calendars for the longest running Black Heritage Festival in
the Southeast. This year’s Festival will be held at Longleaf Botanical Gardens.
The first event of the day, beginning at 10:15 will be the Student Oration
Competition, in which students from Pre-K to 12th grade recite words of poetry
and prose by noted African American authors. Students are asked to pre-register
through their schools, churches or civic clubs. If you would like to register your
child for orations as an individual, please call Angie at 256-237-6766 x 310.
Lunch can be purchased from Deano’s Grill on the front lawn from 11:00 AM -
2:00 PM. There will be indoor dining areas and outdoor picnicking, weather
permitting. Beginning at 1:00 PM, the Anniston High School Jazz Band under the
direction of Mr. R.D. Mitchell, will perform. Vendors will be available in the Lobby
from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM selling items such as jewelry, books, clothing and arts
and crafts.
The Festival is a day full of entertainment and cultural experiences that you’ll
want to savor so plan to stay for the whole day! This event is FREE to attend!
Each person attending the Festival will receive a wristband for free admission to
Anniston and Berman Museums for February 18, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

Celebrate International Polar Bear Day
Saturday, February 25, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm 
Attack and Defense Hall

According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the Polar Bear, Ursus maritimus, population is considered vulnerable. International Polar Bear Day is recognized on February 27 and created with the intention of bringing awareness to threats the polar bear population is facing. Visit Anniston Museum in the Attack and Defense Hall to learn more about the polar bears struggles and how we can help. Program is free with paid admission. Members are free. 

#PolarBearDay #ThermostatChallenge #Hygge
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March 2017

Spring Garden Symposium 2017
Thursday, March 16, 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Longleaf Botanical Gardens


Longleaf Botanical Gardens is proud to announce its inaugural Spring Garden Symposium for 2017. The theme for 2017 is “Fabulous Foliage”.  The Symposium will feature lectures on utilizing lush and dramatic foliage for garden pizazz.  Classic caladiums, verdant ferns, leafy hostas, and a host of other fantastic foliage plants will be the topic of the day.  Mark your calendars for March 16, 2017.Please see our Facebook page for updated details. The symposium is $20 for members and $25 for non-members.

Pre-registration is a must! Call the Anniston Museum of Natural History at 256-237-6766 for information and registration.

8am-9am- Registration and vendor shopping
9:00- Introduction
9:15- 1st speaker: Dani Carroll on  Edible Foliage Plants
10:15 Break
10:30- 2nd Speaker:  Hayes Jackson on Caladiums
11:30- 3rd Speaker: Hayes Jackson and Patricia Patty on Hostas
12:00- Lunch and vendor shopping
1:00-4th Speaker:
2:00 Conclusion of lecture program

Saturday Alive! Hoo's Talking 
Saturday, March 18, 11:00 AM
Anniston Museum of Natural History Auditorium

Listen closely Saturday, March 18th and you can learn a call or two. Join Emily as she mimics, creates, and shares the calls of the wild. See the live animals and discover how you too can communicate with the great outdoors and the creatures hidden within it. This program is free with paid admission. Members are free. Seating is limited.

Show Me Your Smile
Tuesday, March 28, 11:00 AM
Anniston Museum of Natural History Auditorium

Incisors, canines, molars, fangs… The shape of a tooth says more about an animal than you may know. Visit Anniston Museum Tuesday, March 28th and get a dentist’s point of view into the mouths of our educational live animals. This program is free with paid admission. Members are free. Seating is limited.

Forest & Field: Fairy Houses
Thursday, March 30, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Join Director of Conservation and the author of the newly released book, Hairy, Scary, but Mostly Merry Fairies: Curing Nature-Deficit Disorder through Folklore, Imagination, and Creative Activities, Renee Simmons Raney for fairy stories, fairy house building (leave-in-the-woods fairy houses), and a fairy observation hike at the Longleaf Botanical Garden.

This program is FREE including supplies, but registration is required. Space is limited. Funding for Forest & Field is made possible by a grant from the Stringfellow Health Fund of the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama through the Georgia-Alabama Land Trust. Call 256-237-6766 to reserve a place for young person(s) and adult. Space is limited to 20 children. 

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April  2017

Batty About Bats
Saturday, April 8, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Anniston Museum of Natural History Classroom

Spend the morning with Vicky Smith, a respected educator, and enjoy learning about these amazing nocturnal animals. Bats are rarely seen and greatly misunderstood. Learn about their amazing adaptations as the only flying mammal. Enjoy a full morning of presentations, learning activities, bat games, and a chance to meet live bats. Preferred age for this program is 3rd grade & up. Cost is $10 and space is limited to 20. Call 256-237-6766 to register!

2nd Annual Garden Party
Thursday, April 13, 6:00 PM
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Join us for a night of all things southern with James Farmer! You will not want to miss your opportunity to hear from best-selling author, Southern Living editor-at-large, landscape designer, and expert of all things Southern – including farm-to-table menus and the art of entertaining. In addition to being the guest speaker, James will be available for a book signing for guests.

Wear your best Southern hat and attire and join us for an evening with friends, food, and good cocktails. Ticket prices are $75 for an individual and $140 per couple. Tables are available for purchase. Call Monica at 256-231-3305 to purchase your tickets. 

Third Thursday in the Gardens Program
Choosing the Right Orchid
Thursday, April 20, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Orchids can be surprisingly easy to care for. Dayle Brooks, a longtime member of the American Orchid Society, will show several of her beautiful specimens. She will explain how to care for each type and answer questions.

 Many orchids provide long lasting blooms in exchange for minimal care.  Some are great winter bloomers, too.  Join us April 20 from 5-6pm. The program will be held in the James P. Roberts Education Room at the Longleaf Botanical Gardens building.

To reserve your spot, call Anniston Museum of Natural History at 256-237-6766. Reservations are required, and space is limited to the first 35 people to register. Cost is $5.00 per person and free to members. Payment is to be made at time of registration and may be made by cash, check (made payable to Longleaf Botanical Gardens and earmarked for educational program), or charge card in person or by phone.

Plant Sale
Friday, April 21, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Members Only; 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM Public Sale
Saturday, April 22, 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Public Sale
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Come shop Longleaf Botanical Gardens’ Spring Plant Sale! Members get the opportunity to do early bird shopping Friday morning from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM before the sale is opened to the public at 12:00 PM. The sale will be open to the public Friday from 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM and Saturday from 8:00 AM—2:00 PM.

Earth Day
Saturday, April 22, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Anniston Museum of Natural History

Earth Day brings the public together to discover ways to better our planet through different community projects, such as, recycling and composting. Join Anniston Museum as we recognize Earth Day on Saturday, April 22nd. During the hours of 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, visitors are encouraged to visit NatureSpace to learn how you can reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Saturday Alive! Waste Not
Saturday, April 22, 11:00 AM
Anniston Museum of Natural History

In honor of Earth Day, April’s Saturday Alive! will take place outdoors in the Tree House. During Saturday
Alive! Waste Not we will discover how nature recycles and does the extraordinary with all living and dead
things. Waste Not will showcase a variety of live animals and how they keep the Earth clean. This program is free with paid admission. Members are free. Seating is limited.

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General Hours and Admission: Valid through Memorial Day 2017

Tuesday through Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday, 1-5pm
Closed Mondays now through Memorial Day

***** No tickets will be sold after 4:30pm, in order to assure visitors are able to view and enjoy everything. *****

Note: NatureSpace Discovery Room closes daily at 4pm, and Anniston Museum Store closes daily at 4:45 pm. If you wish to take advantage of these areas, please plan your visit accordingly. 

$6 per adult; $5.50 per senior (age 60+); $5 per child (ages 4-17); children under 3 are free
***** Extra cost for some special programs and events*. Call for details. *****

Members are required to show cards for all family members for free admission: If your cards have been lost or stolen, contact the membership department right away for replacement: or 256-237-6766 ext. 309

General Refund Policy: 
REFUND POLICY: Refund request must be submitted in writing at least two weeks prior to the event. Include your name and address and mail to Anniston Museum of Natural History, Attn: Angie Dothard, 800 Museum Drive, Anniston, AL 36206 or email This documentation is required for the City of Anniston to issue the refund check. There is no refund for transactions less than $10.00 per person.


Anniston Museum's outdoor Gardens and Trails are open seven days a week, regardless of holidays, however, Museum Drive is only accessible by car from 8am to 5:30pm, during regular business hours on normal operating days. On days the Museum is open for business, all visitors must move their vehicles to the lower end of the park before 5:30pm, or risk being locked in until the next regular operating day.

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Founded in 1930, Anniston Museum of Natural History is a nationally accredited museum with the purpose of enhancing public knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of living things and their environments. The Museum preserves and studies collections that relate to humankind and the natural environment and interprets these through interdisciplinary exhibits and programs. The Museum is committed to providing educational, recreational, and economic benefits which will improve the quality of life for diverse audiences. Exit 185 off I-20 between Birmingham and Atlanta. North on State Hwy 21 seven miles. Anniston Museum is located in Lagarde Park at the intersection of State Hwys 21/431.



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