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


Horseback Visionaries: Noble & Tyler Create the Model City

Now showing, Anniston Museum Zig-Zag Hall Gallery
Open during regular Museum hours; included in regular Museum admission
CLOSING APRIL 30, 2014


lebration of the City of Anniston’s 130th anniversary, Anniston Museum presents Horseback Visionaries: Noble & Tyler Create the Model City. This new temporary exhibit explores Anniston’s historical roots, from the chance meeting of Samuel Noble and General Daniel Tyler and their exploration of the area on horseback, through the founding of Woodstock Iron Company in 1872, to the incorporation of this elaborately planned town in 1883.
 
To entice additional investors, Noble and Tyler’s first buildings were created to make a memorable first impression on travelers. As new visitors disembarked from the train station, the ornate Anniston Land Company and the luxurious Anniston Inn were the first sights in their field of view. Seeing the great potential of the area made manifest in things like our early architecture, many visitors chose to stay and join the Anniston community. Early life in Anniston was enhanced by art and culture, and through many new examples of beautiful architecture, such as the Anniston Inn, Noble Opera House, and various European-styled churches, all patterned after famous structures.
 
Horseback Visionaries: Noble & Tyler Create the Model City features architectural components from Anniston Land Company, as well as historic photographs and graphics. Also featured are wall-sized reproductions of Anniston’s earliest maps and exhibits showing items of commonly available clothing, medical implements, stock certificates, weapons, postcards, and other historic artifacts from this important period in Anniston’s history.
 
Horseback Visionaries: Noble & Tyler Create the Model City is on exhibit in Anniston Museum’s gallery and is included in regular Museum admission.




Programs and Events


 


January 2014
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February 
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March
 


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April 
 

Annual Spring Plant Sale

Friday, April 18, noon–3pm and Saturday, April 19, 9am–2pm
off-site, Longleaf Botanical Gardens


It’s Anniston Museum’s annual Spring Plant Sale, featuring plants propagated from the Museum Gardens. More plants than ever available, thanks to our new Botanical Gardens’ greenhouse. Many varieties of annuals and perennials, including some rare and exotic offerings. Plants in various sizes and price points mean there will be something for any size budget, and any size garden. Visit the Plant Sale on either day, Friday, April 18, noon–3pm or Saturday, April 19, 9am–2pm. Saturday’s sale also includes lovely offerings from the Northeast Alabama Orchid Society. Pick up something lovely for yourself, or, if you don’t have a green thumb, get something for that special plant lover in your life! Watch the Museum website and the next issue of biologica for more details.

 

Museums Closed for Easter
Sunday, April 20


The Museums in Lagarde Park will be closed today for Easter, but will be open again regular hours Tuesday, April 22. (Closed Mondays, now through Memorial day, 2014.)
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May

 
UK/Chelsea Flower Show Trip
Trip scheduled for May 17, 2014

This May you can take the trip of a lifetime and benefit the Longleaf Botanical Gardens at the same time! Visit London, the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show, Hampton Court, Kew Gardens, Windsor Castle and much more on this 8-day trip scheduled for May 17, 2014. Cost includes air travel, hotel accommodations, nine meals and more. Want to sign up? Simply contact Robbie Ginn at R&R Travel 256-831-2323. A portion of the travel fees benefits Anniston Museum’s Longleaf Botanical Gardens.

Click this link to view a short video from the travel agency ... http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid798983084001?bctid=1443503547001

Click the following link for a PDF brochure describing the trip ...
http://www.annistonmuseum.org/uploadedFiles/File/Longleaf_Botanical_Gardens_presents_The_Gardens_of_London.pdf 


National Teacher Appreciation Week
Tuesday, May 6–Sunday, May 11
Teachers receive Free Admission (show your school ID)


In honor of National Teacher Appreciation week, the Museums in Lagarde Park would like to offer teachers the opportunity to visit Anniston Museum of Natural History and Berman Museum of World History for free. Just show your school badge or ID at either Museum during normal business hours, Tuesday, May 6 through Sunday, May 11, and receive a free admission. We want to thank you for all your hard work in the classroom, all year. As an extra incentive, when you visit during the month of May and complete a teacher survey, you’ll be automatically entered into the “We’re Taking Names” drawing. Don’t worry, we’re not going to make you stand in the corner–if your name is drawn, your classroom will win a free live animal program when you book a school tour in the fall (2014) or spring (2015) school year! The “Taking Names” drawing will be held May 30th at Anniston Museum, but you don’t have to be present to win.


National EMS Workers Appreciation Week
Tuesday, May 20–Sunday, May 25, regular Museum hours
EMS workers receive Free Admission (show your official badge/ ID)


In honor of National EMS Week, Anniston and Berman Museums would like to offer all EMS workers the chance to visit our two great Museums for free. EMS workers serve their communities in a variety of jobs: fire department, police department, EMT, rescue squad, ambulance service, paramedic, etc. If you are an EMS worker, just show your official badge or state license for free admission at either Museum during normal business hours, Tuesday, May 20 through Sunday, May 25.


 
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June

Kid’s Night at the Museum
Thursday evening, June 19, 5:30–9pm
Available to ages 7–12 only
$20/museum member child; $25/non-member child;
$10/each for siblings (limited to two)
Deadline for registration is June 13


Anniston Museum is pleased to offer another of our most popular after-hours events for children this June 19, from 5:30–9pm. Kid’s Night at the Museum is for kids only–no parents allowed! Museum staff members lead this after hours event, which includes such kid-friendly activities as a flashlight exploration of the darkened exhibit halls, a live animal experience with some furry, feathery and funny critters, and a special behind-the-scenes tour of both the Live Animal Facility, where our Program animals live, and the Museum Collections area, where items not on display in the Museum are kept in storage. The evening ends with an outdoor Owl Prowl on the Bird of Prey Trail, where children can hear the eerie call and see the glowing eyes of some of the Museum’s live owls! Dinner and a souvenir flashlight will be provided for each child and are included in your registration fee: $20/museum member child; $25/non-member child; $10 extra to add a brother or sister (limited to two). Kid’s Night at the Museum is open to children ages 7–12 only. Deadline for registration is June 13; payment confirms registration. This is a very popular program, and spaces are limited, so don’t wait too late to register your child for this unique summer experience. Call 256-237-6766 x 102 or 114, or email gmorey@annistonmuseum.org with questions or to sign up.


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July

Kid’s Night at the Museum
Thursday evening, July 17, 5:30–9pm
Available to ages 7–12 only
$20/museum member child; $25/non-member child;
$10/each for siblings (limited to two)
Deadline for registration is July 11


Anniston Museum is pleased to offer another of our most popular after-hours events for children this July 17, from 5:30–9pm. Kid’s Night at the Museum is for kids only–no parents allowed! Museum staff members lead this after hours event, which includes such kid-friendly activities as a flashlight exploration of the darkened exhibit halls, a live animal experience with some furry, feathery and funny critters, and a special behind-the-scenes tour of both the Live Animal Facility, where our Program animals live, and the Museum Collections area, where items not on display in the Museum are kept in storage. The evening ends with an outdoor Owl Prowl on the Bird of Prey Trail, where children can hear the eerie call and see the glowing eyes of some of the Museum’s live owls! Dinner and a souvenir flashlight will be provided for each child and are included in your registration fee: $20/museum member child; $25/non-member child; $10 extra to add a brother or sister (limited to two). Kid’s Night at the Museum is open to children ages 7–12 only. Deadline for registration is July 11; payment confirms registration. This is a very popular program, and spaces are limited, so don’t wait too late to register your child for this unique summer experience. Call 256-237-6766 x 102 or 114, or email gmorey@annistonmuseum.org with questions or to sign up.


Family Night at the Museums
It’s a new spin on an old favorite: one night, two Museums!
Thursday evening, July 31, 5:30–9pm
Pre-registered admission: $8/person for museum members;
$12/ person for non-members; deadline for registration is July 15
*At least one adult is required per four children, no exceptions


Adults and children who attend this fun-filled, after-hours event will spend time and have experiences at both Anniston Museum of Natural History and Berman Museum of World History. The evening starts with a tour of Berman Museum of World History.  If you’re brave enough, dare to descend into the depths of the Berman Museum, and into the rarely seen basement. There you will explore the Museum vault ,where many exotic and rare treasures from around the world are stored. After your adventure in the basement vault, you’ll trek next door to Anniston Museum of Natural History, where you will receive a souvenir flashlight and begin an in-the-dark tour of the darkened Exhibit Halls. Staff members will be available all along the way to share strange or little known facts, as well as to show some real live animals, up close and personal. Visit with the Curator and get a behind-the-scenes look at the Museum’s Collections area. Afterwards, enjoy a snack and some shopping in the Museum Store. Finally, wind up the evening of family fun and togetherness with an exciting “Awesome Animal” program, complete with snakes, alligators and bugs–oh my! While the programs and activities are suitable for children and adults of all ages, some of the behind-the-scenes areas are not stroller or wheelchair accessible. It’s an evening of good old-fashioned family fun at the Museums in Lagarde Park! Pre-registered admission is only $8/person for museum members or only $12/person for non-members; deadline for registration is July 15.  “At the Door” admission for those who do not pre-register will be $15/adult and $10/child, regardless of membership status. The Museums require at least one adult for every four children, and children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Call 256-237-6766 x 102 or 114, or email gmorey@annistonmuseum.org with questions or to sign up for this family adventure.

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 August

Basket Weaving Workshop
August 9, 9am-3pm, Museum Auditorium
$50/Museum Members; $65/non-members


Learn ‘how to’ from Dixie Weavers Basketry Guild. You will leave with your own handmade basket. Many experienced weavers will assist you as Beverly Ashton demonstrates every step needed to make your unique creation. Cost will include all materials, a boxed lunch, and a fun learning experience. Members cost is $50; general public is $65. Reservations required, and begin soon.
 


Anniston Museum League's
White Elephant Sale
Saturday, August 16
, 9am-noon
Anniston Museum Auditorium
FREE TO BROWSE!


After a short hiatus, Anniston Museum League is pleased to announce the return of the always popular White Elephant Sale! This fun tag sale (think indoor yard sale) features items donated by Museum League members and community friends. You never know what you'll find at this fun, casual Saturday morning shopping event. Past sales have included such treasures as dishware and flatware, electronics, tools, music, books, jewelry and more! It's free to browse, so bring your best shopping buddies and see what you can find in the rows of donated wares, Saturday, August 16, 9am till noon. Come early to get first crack at the best finds.

Do you have items you'd like to donate to the White Elephant Sale? Contact DeMorra Walls at 256-237-6766 x 120 to discuss your potential donations. (Sorry, we can't accept clothing or shoes.) Accepted items may be dropped off at the Museum during regualr business hours, Monday, August 11 through Friday, August 15. Would you be willing to help sort and price items for the sale? DeMorra will be happy to add you to the volunteer rolls!

 

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General Hours and Admission: Valid through Memorial Day, 2014

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: membership@annistonmuseum.org or 256-237-6766 ext. 120

 

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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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