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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World Turtle Day

Saturday, May 23, 2015
10am-noon, Anniston Museum Exhibit Halls
Included in regular Museum admission

Why did the turtle cross the road? Visit Anniston Museum on Saturday, May 23rd  between 10am–noonto find out the answer to this and many other interesting questions about turtles, in celebration of World Turtle Day. Museum staff will show live turtles in the Alabama Exhibit Hall.  Included in regular  Museum admission!

World Turtle Day 2015 is on May, 23. The purpose of the observance is to bring attention to, and increase knowledge of and respect for, turtles and tortoises, and encourage human action to help them survive and thrive. Turtle Day is celebrated worldwide in a variety of ways, from dressing up as turtles to saving turtles caught on highways, to research activities. It is sponsored yearly since 2000 by the nonprofit corporation American Tortoise Rescue.

World Turtle Day was to increase respect and knowledge for the world's oldest creatures. Turtles are reptiles, characterized by a special bony or cartilaginous shell developed from their ribs that acts as a shield. These gentle animals have been around for about 200 million years, yet they are rapidly disappearing as a result of the exotic food industry, habitat destruction and the cruel pet trade.

You can do a few small things that can help to save turtles and tortoises for the next generation. Never buy them from a pet shop as it increases demand from the wild. Never remove turtles or tortoises from the wild unless they are sick or injured. If a tortoise is crossing a busy street, pick it up and send it in the same direction it was going. Report cruelty or illegal sales of turtles and tortoises to your local animal control shelter.

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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