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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Terrific Kid Tuesdays at Quintard Mall
Every Tuesday in June: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Quintard Mall Food Court, noon

Enjoy an educational live animal program everyTuesday in June, at noon in the food court
at Quintard Mall! Visit or call 256-831-4180 for more
information on Terrific Kid Tuesday programming at the Mall.

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Terrific Kid Tuesdays at Quintard Mall
Every Tuesday in July: 7, 14, 21, 28
Quintard Mall Food Court, noon

Enjoy an educational live animal program everyTuesday in July, at noon in the food court
at Quintard Mall! Visit or call 256-831-4180 for more
information on Terrific Kid Tuesday programming at the Mall. 

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 unicycling 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! *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. Remember, seating is limited, so plan to arrive early. Auditorium doors open at 12:45pm for the 1pm show; first-come, first-seated. 

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 Kid’s 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 to 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.

Already registered your child for Kid's Night? Click here for important information!

World Snake Day
Thursday, July 16, 10:30am–12:30pm
Included in paid Museum admission
Anniston Museum’s Environments of Africa Exhibit Hall 

Celebrate World Snake Day by learning more about snakes from around the world! Love them or hate them, it can’t be denied that snakes occupy an important and necessary place in the world’s environmental community. Whether you’re fond of them or you fear them, it’s still important to understand more about them. Find out how snakes directly and indirectly benefit us all, and meet some of the slithery specimens from the Museum’s collection, up-close and personal! Our trained staff will have them ready to meet you in the Museum’s Environments of Africa Exhibit Hall on World Snake Day, Thursday, July 16, from10:30am–12:30pm.  Free with paid Museum admission! 

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

Spots and Stripes: More than a Fashion Statement 
11am, Saturday, July 18
Included in regular museum admission*
Anniston Museum Auditorium

This summer, on the third Saturday of each month, visitors to Anniston Museum can enjoy a fun and
 educational hour with Animal Care Specialist, Sarah Burke, as she explores the amazing world of animals. See a variety of live animals from the Museum’s collection, and learn more about their habits and habitats. Best of all, this fun and educational Live Animal Program is free to attend with your regular admission! July’s presentation, Spots and Stripes: More than a Fashion Statement, will explore the amazing adaptations some animals have made in order to survive. (*Program included in regular Museum admission. Purchase Museum admission at reception desk, then present receipt for entry to show.) Seating is limited. Doors open at 10:45am for the 11am show.

Downtown Anniston’s “4th Friday”
Friday, July 24, 5:30–7:30pm
Off-site: Downtown Anniston, Noble Street

This summer, spend an evening in downtown Anniston at the city’s 4th Friday festivities on Noble Street. Museum staff will be on-hand between 5:30–7:30pm to show a variety of animals from the Museum’s live animal collection. When you stop and visit with the Museum at 4th Friday, you’ll not only get to meet some interesting animals, you will also receive a BOGO admission coupon to visit the Museum! Other highlights include the Kid’s Zone and the vintage car display. Food vendors and music are also located on Noble Street. Call 256-236-0996  or visit to learn more about Anniston’s 4th Fridays! 

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Anniston Museum League’s Annual
White Elephant Sale and Bake Sale 
Sale: Saturday, August 1, 9am–3pm
New this year: ”First Dibs,” Friday, July 31, 3-5pm

Donations: Drop off donated items on 
Wednesdays only, June 3-July 22, between 9am-noon

SHOP: Anniston Museum League presents its popular annual White Elephant Sale, Saturday August 1 from 9am-3pm in Anniston Museum's Auditorium.  Are you a yard-saler? A bargain hunter? A picker? A hipster? Or do you just like to rummage through the tables in search of hidden treasure? No matter what type of shopper you are, the White Elephant Sale has something for everyone! There's no telling what you'll find in the vast assortment of items donated by Museum League Members and Museum friends. While you're shopping, be sure to pick up a tasty treat at the accompanying Bake Sale. There will be a nice variety of delicious offerings, all individually wrapped and ready for purchase. The sale begins promptly at 9am, so don't be late, or you may miss out on the best items. Want to be sure you get the best picks? Then take advantage of the League's first-ever First Dibs! shop-portunity, on Friday, July 31, from 3-5pm! First Dibs! shoppers get first choice of all sale items at only 2 times the marked cost-- a great bargain, and a sure way to get the best goods!

DONATE: For those who already have more "treasures" than you need, please consider making a donation of items to the White Elephant Sale. Your donations of "gently used" household items will be greatly appreciated, and a tax donation receipt will be provided (donors are responsible for their own itemized lists). Items may be dropped off at Anniston Museum on Wednesdays only, from June 3 through July 22  between 9am and noon.  (Please see DeMorra Walls for your tax donation receipt.) Beginning Monday, July 27, donations will be accepted every day the week during regular business hours. The Museum League will happily accept donations of household items, books or jewelry for the White Elephant Sale, but not items of clothing. Call 256-237-6766 x 309 for information on how you can donate!

Anniston Museum League Presents a
Basket Weaving Workshop
August 8, 9am–3pm
Anniston Museum Auditorium
$50/Museum Members; $65 non-members

Learn “how to” from the Dixie Weavers Basketry Guild. This group of experienced weavers will assist you as guild president, Beverly Ashton, demonstrates every step needed to make your unique creation. Cost will include all materials, a boxed lunch, and a fun learning experience. Every class participant will leave with their own handmade basket. Members cost is $50; general public is $65. Reservations required: 256-237-6766 x 309 or

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

Oh the Places You Will Go: Animals from Around the World
11am, Saturday, August 15
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. In Oh the Places You Will Go: Animals from Around the World, you’ll see a variety of unusual and exotic animals and learn more about their habits and habitats. *Program included in regular Museum admission. 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.)

Museum Day: Anniston Museum Complex
Saturday, August 29,10am–4:30pm
Free Admission to Both Museums!

Celebrate Anniston Museum’s 85th birthday and Berman Museum’s 19th at Museum Day! Admission, programs and activities at both Museums are free on Museum Day, Saturday, August 29, so come celebrate with us. There’s lots of fun and adventure in store–and two very special programs that are sure to bring back memories for many local residents. In Reptiles Alive!, presented by husband and wife team Rebecca and Ken, you’ll meet a variety of species of live, slithering, squirming snakes! Never heard of Rebecca and Ken? Well, if you are over thirty and grew up in Calhoun County, you should know Rebecca’s family name: Yarbrough.

Locally, Rebecca’s father Tom Yarbrough is something akin to a legend. Remember begging your parents for a dollar (or fifty cents, for the over-forty crowd!), in order to see “the snake show” at your school? Mr. Yarbrough’s famous reptile programs packed school auditoriums from Weaver to White Plains, from Ohatchee to Oxford. Beginning in 1962, Tom and his wife Mary Ann traveled across Alabama and neighboring states, sharing the fascinating world of reptiles with young and old alike. Over the years, they presented their live reptile program in hundreds of schools, hospitals and civic clubs. Thousands of people across the southeast still have fond memories (and shivers) of the fun and entertaining shows. After the passing of Tom and Mary Ann, their daughter Rebecca and her husband Ken, recognizing the importance of the work,  decided to continue the family legacy in their own program: Reptiles Alive! Rebecca and Ken will teach you how to tell the difference between venomous and non-venomous snakes in Alabama, instruct you in the latest first-aid treatment for venomous snake bites, and let you hear what a live rattlesnake sounds like! Ever wondered how far a rattlesnake can actually strike? You’ll find out in this educational and entertaining program, which also features rarely seen reptiles from other parts of the world. In the classic Yarbrough tradition, stretching back more than four decades, this program will offer fascinating facts, calm fears, eliminate misconceptions, and educate a mesmerized audience. There will be two offerings of Reptiles Alive! (times TBA). These and all Museum Day programs and activities are free, but seating is limited and will be first-come, first-seated. 

Spend the whole day at the Museums and picnic with Dixie Dogs: Their delicious hot dog combo includes two all-beef dogs fixed the way you want, plus chips and a drink for only $5! 

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General Hours and Admission: Valid through Labor Day, 2015

Monday through Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday, 1-5pm
Open Mondays now through Labor 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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