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 2015

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Earth Alive! Rain Barrel Workshop  

Saturday, April 18, 2015
Anniston Museum Auditorium
$35/person (includes barrel and workshop registration fee)
Deadline for registration, Tuesday, April 7

In celebration of Earth Day 2015, and just in time for the spring rains, Anniston Museum of Natural History presents a very special eco-opportunity to learn about and practice water conservation! The Earth Alive! Rain Barrel Workshop will take place at Anniston Museum on Saturday, April 18th, from 10:30am-noon. Environmental consultant Jennifer Yates will lead the workshop, explain the “green” benefits of using rain barrels and demonstrate the set-up process for constructing and installing a rain barrel to achieve the most optimal results. In addition, she will show workshop attendees how to create recycled rain barrels from everyday products. Participants will also have the opportunity to view the Museum’s functioning 3000 gallon mega-rain barrel, purchased by a grant from Legacy, Inc. This massive rain barrel is used for conservation watering of many Museum garden beds. However, the best part of this workshop is the take-away: attendees will not only learn more about rain barrels and water conservation, they will take home their very own working rain barrel!
The cost to participate is only $35/person, and includes both the barrel and the workshop registration fee. After the workshop, attendees will be ready to begin collecting water from those April showers … after taking the barrel home, of course. Participants should be aware of the size of these objects (41” tall; 70” circumference; approx. 10lbs, empty), and plan ahead for transportation of their finished barrel. Trust us, you don’t want to try to squeeze one of these barrels into a Fiat!
Interested in creating your own rain barrel? Reserve your space in this fun and informative eco-workshop, and take home your own Earth Alive! rain barrel. Deadline for registration is Tuesday, April 7; call 256-237-6766 or e-mail 
Your payment confirms registration. Don’t wait too late to sign up! Due to the nature of the hands-on portion of the program, the Earth Alive! Rain Barrel Workshop will be limited to only 20 participants. 

Longleaf Botanical Gardens 
Annual Spring Plant Sale 
Friday and Saturday, April 24-25
Friday, noon-3pm and Saturday 9am-2pm
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Visit with members of Anniston Museum Complex’s Green Team at Longleaf Botanical Gardens’ annual spring plant sale, Friday, April 24, from noon-3pm and Saturday, April 25, from 9am-2pm. This year’s sale will be located on-site at the Longleaf Botanical Gardens, at the top of Museum Drive, just past Anniston and Berman Museums, and all proceeds will go to support the Gardens and its future programs.  
One of the reasons the plant sale has been so popular over the years is because of the unique plants offered— plants rarely found at retail garden centers. Many have been propagated from the Museum’s own Gardens by our dedicated garden volunteers, the Green Team. Green Team members will be on-hand to answer your plant questions and help you make the perfect selections for your own gardens. No charge to browse, and the plants are all very reasonably priced. Get something green and growing for yourself, or for the plant lover in your life. 256-237-6766 for more information.
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Grand Opening: Attack & Defense Exhibit Hall
Saturday, May 9
“Frozen” photo opportunity available 10am–noon
Anniston Museum Exhibit Halls

Imagine you are wandering through the vast North American wilderness– you’re alone, traveling on foot. You emerge in a clearing only to encounter an enormous grizzly bear! He’s more than double your size, with powerful jaws and razor sharp claws. Worse yet, he’s standing directly between you and your destination: the newly remodeled Attack and Defense Exhibit Hall! You’ve waited months to see the renovations to the hall: new paint, new flooring, colorful new signage, interactives and even a brand new exhibit, with animals never before on permanent display in the Museum. You have to see it,  grizzly bear or no grizzly bear!

Your adventure begins as you sneak by the massive brown bear … be very quiet, don’t make a sound. To your right, three shaggy gray wolves menace a huge Elk in a battle for survival. Ahead, live snakes slither and climb, and enjoy their brand new habitat enclosures. Further on, an artic adventure awaits you: hear the calls of the wolf pack, the growl of the polar bear, and more. All around you are animals engaged in the daily struggle to exist in dangerous and sometimes harsh environments. How do they do it? You’ll learn all about their strategies for catching food, evading predators and co-existing in the wild. For these animals, every day is a life and death battle, with new dangers around every corner.

Once you’ve completed your journey through the American wilderness, you’ll want to continue to explore the Museum’s Exhibit Halls. Be sure to remember the lessons you learned in the new arctic exhibit when you discover the next surprise we have in store: from 10am–noon, children will have the opportunity meet and have their photos made with none other than “Elsa” and “Anna” of the popular Walt Disney film, Frozen! (Parents, bring your own cameras for this photo opportunity!) Since Anna and Elsa love to celebrate all things “frozen,”  they just had to see our new arctic exhibit for themselves, and they brought a special gift with them for our youngest guests: snow, in May! Elsa and Anna will give the first 100 children (ages 5-12) a packet of “Snow to Go” ! The lucky recipients will be able to make their own snow “magic” at home with “Snow to Go.” (PS, mom and dad, it’s not magic, it’s science–but don’t tell the kids that!) Children, wear your favorite “Frozen” costume to the Museum on this grand opening Saturday and get in free!  


Mother’s Day Weekend at the Museums    
Saturday and Sunday, May 9–10
10am–4:30pm Saturday; 1–4:30pm Sunday
Buy one admission for yourself, get free admission for mom!
Anniston and Berman Museums

Anniston and Berman Museums want to help you honor your mother on this Mother’s Day weekend by giving moms free admission to both Museums! Bring your mom to the Museums on Saturday, May 9, from 10am-4:30pm, or Sunday, May 10, from 1-4:30pm for her special day, and show her how much she means to you. Take her around the world at Anniston Museum, and back through time at Berman Museum. Just purchase a Passport ticket for yourself (adult or child), get a free Passport for mom, and see everything we have to offer. At Anniston Museum, you’ll see the wonders of nature in seven world-class Exhibit Halls. Outside, you can stroll through beautiful Gardens and walk the Bird of Prey Trail. Shop the Anniston Museum Store to find a special gift or souvenir for your mother. On Mother’s Day weekend, you’ll receive an extra 10% discount on any purchase of jewelry, books or other gift items. At Berman Museum of World History, just next door, you will discover the Arts of Asia, travel West with the American settlers, and learn more about the history of our nation and our world. 

Remember, the best gift that you can give your mom is time with you. However, if you only have time to visit one Museum, you may purchase a single admission for yourself at the Museum of your choice, and mom will get a free admission, as well.


Return to Summer Hours
Open Mondays, Memorial Day-Labor Day, 2015
Summer Operating Schedule Begins Monday, May 25

The Museum's in Lagarde Park return to their official Summer operating shedule beginning Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day). Now through Labor Day in September, visit the Museums Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm and Sunday 1-5pm. Last admission of the day at 4:30pm.

Please note: some areas of the Museums may have earlier closing times than the Museums, proper (eg. Anniston Museum Store, Anniston Museum Nature Space.); the gate at the head of Museum Drive closes and locks at 5:30pm daily. If you would like to enjoy the nature trails and grounds, please be sure to move your vehicle to the lower park (near the lake) before 5:30pm.

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Thank you for Your Service!  
Friday, June 5–Sunday, June 7 during regular Museum hours

Free Admission for Military Members and Families 
Anniston and Berman Museums 

Attention, men and women of the US military: Whether you are active, retired or reserve, we want YOU to be able to visit the Museums in Lagarde Park! This weekend, in honor of the anniversary of D-Day, military members and their families can visit Anniston Museum of Natural History and Berman Museum of World History at no charge. All branches of the service are included: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. Simply identify yourself as a member of the US military and present your valid military ID to the Museum receptionist to receive complimentary admission for yourself and your family. This weekend of free admission for service members begins Friday, June 5 at 10am and continues during regular Museum hours through 4:30pm on Sunday, June 7.


Family Night at the Museum   
Thursday, June 18, 5:30–9pm  
$10/adult, $8/child or $8/member adult, $6/member child
Reservation deadline June 15
​Anniston and Berman Museums

One adult required per every four children; adults must accompany children at all times
The Family Night at the Museum fun starts with a tour of Berman Museum of World History. Venture with your family into the depths of Berman Museum’s rarely seen basement, if you dare. There you will explore the vault, where many unusual and exotic treasures from around the world are stored. Afterwards, make the journey next door, to Anniston Museum of Natural History, where you will be given a souvenir flashlight to guide your family through  an exciting, in-the-dark tour. Staff members stationed within the Exhibit Halls will share strange and little known facts about the natural world with intrepid visitors. They will also present parents and children with the opportunity to meet some real live animals, along the way. Take a slight detour to visit with the Curator, who will give you a behind-the-scenes look at the Museum. Then enjoy a snack and do some shopping in the Museum Store. Finally, bring this great family evening to an end with an exciting and educational “Awesome Animal” program, complete with live snakes, alligators and bugs–oh my! It’s an evening your family will remember for years to come, but only if you’re there. Don’t miss this chance to be part of all the Family Night fun. Cost is only $10/adult and $8/child, or $8/member adult and $6/member child. Space is limited, and the deadline for registration is June 15, so call today to reserve your family’s place. 

Please note: At least one adult is required per every four children in your family group. Adults must accompany children at all times. Due to space and/or accessibility limitations, some areas included in the “behind-the-scenes” portion of the evening are not accessible to visitors in strollers or wheelchairs. Interested in attending Family Night at the Museums? E-mail or call 256-237-6766 x 302 or 303 to book your family adventure! (Stated rates apply to visitors age 4 and over; children 3 and under admitted free.)

Carnivorous Plant Workshop For Children: 

Longleaf Botanical Gardens presents “Plants that eat meat!
A look into the life of carnivorous plants.”

Friday, June 19, 9am –11am 
$15/per child; available for ages 8 and up
Registration deadline, Friday, June 12
Anniston Museum

This creepy/cool workshop for children ages 8 and up takes a look into the weird world of carnivorous plants. Participants will discover a variety of flesh-eating plants, including those that are native to Alabama. Children will learn about the sundew, the pitcher plant, and the amazing Venus flytrap, plus other bizarre, botanical wonders. Afterwards, each child will take home their very own Venus flytrap to feed and nurture! Cost to participate is $15 per child, regardless of Membership status. Available only to ages 8 and up, this class is limited to a maximum of 25 participants, and pre-registration is required. Call 256-237-6766 x 302 or 303 to reserve your child’s place. Registration deadline is Friday, June 12. Your payment confirms registration. 

New this Summer: 

“Saturday Alive” Animal Shows  
Offered at 11am every third Saturday, June, July and August:
11am, Saturday, June 20

Included in regular museum admission*
Anniston Museum Auditorium

This summer, on the third Saturday of each month, Anniston Museum will present a fun and educational Live Animal Program that’s FREE* to attend! Seating is limited. Doors open at 10:45am for the 11am show. (*Program included in regular Museum admission. Purchase Museum admission at reception desk, then present receipt for entry to show.)


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Circus Fanta-Sea: An Ocean of Fun! 
Thursday July 9, 1pm
Included in regular museum admission*
Anniston Museum

You’ll Get Hooked … on this zany aquatic adventure, featuring eco-friendly puppets made from recycled plastic bottles! Meet Tater Tot, the Pirate Captain and Circus Ringmaster, who loses his ship’s entire circus cargo in a mighty storm at sea.  Along the way to retrieve his lost cargo, he meets a tap dancing octopus, a uni-cycling seahorse and a tightrope walking starfish!  However, when Seymour the Shark comes to join the circus, the audience will have to wonder if he really wants to perform, or just to have a snack!  Don’t miss this fun and educational puppet show by That Puppet Guy, Lee Bryan from Atlanta, Georgia.  After the show, Lee will talk to the audience about how the puppets are made, and even tell you how you and your child can create your own puppets from recycled materials at home.  Have some summer fun and help conserve the Earth’s resources at the same time! The Circus- Fanta-Sea puppet show is free with your paid Museum admission.* Seating is limited, so plan to arrive early. Doors open at 12:45, first-come, first-seated. 
*Admission to Circus Fanta-Sea is free with your paid Museum admission. Purchase your admission at the reception desk, then bring your receipt to the Auditorium for admittance. Members, while your admission to the Museum is free, you’ll need that complimentary admission receipt to see the program, so check in with the receptionist first. 

Kid’s Night At the Museum  
Thursday, July 9, 5:30-9pm Anniston Museum 
$25/child; $20/member child; Available to ages 7–12 
Deadline for reservations, Monday, July 6 

Anniston Museum’s Kids Night at the Museum has always been a great adventure, but the one we have planned for Thursday evening, July 9  will blow them all “out of the water”! Children ages 7–12 will experience a brand new addition to the Kids Night fun–a special presentation by That Puppet Guy, Lee Bryan. Attendees will be treated to the rollicking puppet performance, Circus Fanta-Sea (see description above), followed by a puppet workshop, where each child will create their own 
recycled puppet that they may keep and take home. As always, there will be a kid-friendly dinner, the famous “flashlight tour” of the Museum and a chance to meet the live animals that call the Museum their home. This is a popular program, and spaces will fill quickly, so be sure to reserve your child’s place today. Call 256-237-6766. Cost for attendance is $25/child; $20/member child; deadline for reservations is Monday, July 6.

In the final big twist to the event, and for the first time ever, there will be …
Ten Kid’s Night Scholarships Available to Deserving Local Kids!
Available to ages 7–12; Deadline for receipt of scholarship application and supporting materials, June 19; Scholarship award notices made on June 25

Thanks to a generous grant from the Alabama Power “Students to Stewards” program, ten lucky children between the ages of 7 and 12 will get to attend Kids Night and Circus Fanta-Sea absolutely free! To be considered for one of Alabama Power’s ten “scholarship” spaces, children must meet these basic requirements: proof of residency within City of Anniston; letter of support from child’s teacher or principal; letter of need from parent or guardian, including child’s name, age, parent/guardian’s name, address, phone number and e-mail (optional). Details available online at, or phone 256-237-6766. The complete set of application materials must be received at the Museum (via mail or in person) by no later than June 19. Scholarship award notifications will be made by phone on June 25. Children who are awarded a scholarship must have their own transportation to and from the Museum for the event; no transportation can be provided by the Museum. All requirements must be met to be considered. Know a deserving child? Encourage their parent/guardian to apply!


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Anniston Museum League’s White Elephant Sale  
Saturday, August 1, 9am–3pm New this year: ”First Dibs,” Friday, July 31

Anniston Museum League presents its annual “garage sale” featuring gently used items donated by League Members and Museum friends.


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General Hours and Admission: Valid through Memorial Day, 2015

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: Nature Space 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. 120



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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