Calendar of Events

January 2014   February     March   April
  May   June     July     August
   September    October    November    December  

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 2014
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September

Final "Open Monday" of the Summer:
Labor Day, Monday, September 1, 2014
Museums Return to Winter Schedule Tuesday, Sept. 2

Labor Day marks the final "Open Monday" and end of summer hours for 2014. On Tuesday, Sept 2, the Museums in Lagarde Park return to the regular fall and winter operating schedule. Please enjoy the final "Open Monday" of the summer on Sept. 1.

Afterwards, visit the Museums Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10am-5pm and Sundays 1-5pm from Sept. 2, 2014 through Memorial Day 2015. Last admission of the day is always at 4:30pm.

(Nature Space Discovery Room closes at 4pm daily and the Museum Store closes at 4:45 pm daily. If you wish to take advantage of these areas, please plan your visit accordingly.)

 


Museum Day: The Sky’s the Limit!
Anniston and Berman Museum

Saturday, September 6, 10am–4:30pm
Free admission!
Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times;

the Museums requires at least one adult per four children


Mark your calendars now for our annual Museum Day celebration, Saturday, September 6, from 10am–4:30pm. This year at Museum Day, it’s high-flying fun at Anniston Museum, while Berman Museum has gone to the dogs!
 
The Sky’s the Limit! At Anniston Museum of Natural History as we host two great performances of the incredible Wings to Soar bird of prey program at 11am and 1pm in the Museum Auditorium. John Stokes and Dale Kernahan have been caring for and educating audiences with birds of prey for a combined 58 years. They have a tremendous passion for the welfare of these majestic birds, and the overall health of the natural world. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open for seating ten minutes prior to each performance. You can visit John and Dale online at www.soarsouth.org. The Wings to Soar program at Museum Day is made possible by the Kiwanis Child One Priority Grant. The Museum Day fun continues in Anniston Museum’s Exhibit Halls before and after the programs. Look for Discovery Stations inside the galleries, where you can learn more about Birds of Prey. There’s even more to do outdoors, on Anniston Museum’s front lawn, where children age 6 and under can explore the Animal Kingdom Maze and Slide. Make a day of it with the family. Make a day of it with the family. You don’t even need to leave for lunch–just purchase a meal or snack from one of our great vendors. Baby Boy’s BBQ will be on site with savory BBQ plates and sandwiches, and Kona Ice will be selling tall, cool cups of finely shaved, flavored ice, soft as snow on a hot summer’s day. More than just a Kona … it’s an experience. Kona Ice generously supports the Museum by giving back a percentage of all sales of shaved ice during Museum Day, so, enjoy the fun, then cool off with some summer snow!
 
Meanwhile, next door at Berman Museum, we’ll have a howling good time with the incredible dogs of AMK9 Academy! AMK9 Academy will do live demonstrations with their amazing dogs, showing their training process, and showcasing their canine partners’ skills and abilities. Auburn University’s College of Medicine has invested years of research developing the patent pending  Vapor Wake program—a strong, capable detection tool in the fight against terrorism.   AMK9 Academy dogs will occupy an important place on the front-lines of national security. Watch as AMK9 handlers lead their dogs through a fun and informative demonstration of terror-fighting techniques. One of the most impressive parts of the AMK9 Academy program is that these amazing dogs are trained  right here in our community, then sent throughout the United States to work sporting events, transit systems, sea ports, airports and presidential inaugurations. That’s really “putting on the dog!”  Admission to the AMK9 demo is free, but seating is limited.  Demonstrations will be held at at 12:00pm (noon) and 2pm.  Doors will open at 11:45am and 1:45pm, repectively, for each demonstration.  Staff of AMK9 will be available in the Museum Lobby from 11-12:00pm and 1-2pm to answer questions about their dogs and their mission. For more information visit www.AMK9Academy.com

Museum Day is also an oppotunity for children to participate in a Smithsonian Institute project that includes others all across America: "Fold the Flock" allows children to fold an origami passenger pigeon and add it to a larger "flock," made up of paper pigeons folded by children in other parts of the country! You can visit foldtheflock.org to download a foldable origami pattern at any time. Then add your pigeon to the growing virtual flock by visiting www.foldtheflock.org/add. Check in regularly to see the flock grow. For those children visiting on Museum Day, there's a chance to fold a member of the flock on-site, and take home a special souvenir: the first 100 children to fold a bird at Museum Day will receive a "Fold the Flock" lapel pin! The Passenger Pigeon Origami project is sponsored by Smithsonian Institute Libraries, and is a "Lost Bird" Project: connecting more deeply with the earth through art.


Museum Day is sure to be fun for all ages, but the best part of all is that Museum exhibits, programs and activities are all free, from 10am–4:30pm! Visit www.annistonmuseum.org or www.bermanmuseum.org for more info.
 
Please note: the Museum requires at least one adult for every four children; children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.  




Colors of the World Free Concert
Sunday, September 28, 2–4pm
Museum Auditorium
Free admission


Music professors from Jacksonville State University will perform the music of other nations in a free afternoon concert in the Museum Auditorium, Sunday, September 28 from 2–4pm.
. Featuring Wendy Freeland (piano) Jeremy Benson (flute), and Mark Brandon (clarinet). Light refreshments will be provided. Concert is free to attend; regular admission applies to the Museum’s Exhibit Halls.

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October
 
Autumn Morning Garden Party
Friday, October 17, 10am–1pm
Advanced tickets: Members/$20; General Admission/$25


This October 17th, in a brand new offering from Anniston Museum League, garden lovers will enjoy a morning of botanical information and activities. Wear your best gardening hat to this casual event, and hear Rip Weaver, Executive Director of Aldridge Gardens, Birmingham speak. Afterwards, Anniston Museum Curator Dan Spaulding will give an update on and tour of the future Longleaf Botanical Gardens. Then, guests will munch on lunch (included in ticket) alongside other garden lovers. While there, shop the mini plant sale! The Autumn Morning Garden Party is scheduled for Friday, October 17, from 10am-1pm. Advanced tickets (on sale soon) will be $20 each for Anniston Museum Members, or $25 each, General Admission. Limited seating. Call for reservations: 256-237-6766; MC/Visa accepted.

If you like flowers, you may also like … Artfully Arranged, at our neighbor, Berman Museum of World History. Artfully Arranged is a fabulous new floral design competition/exhibition. As a competition, participation is open to all. Whether you are a garden club member, professional florist or would just like to try your hand at floral design, this event is sure to pique your interest! Available to both groups and individuals, participants will select an object from the Museum’s permanent collection, then design and create a floral interpretation of that item. These floral designs will then be displayed in the Museum’s Exhibit Halls, next to the collections objects that they represent, from October 11–19. General public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite design and Public Choice Awards will be given for first, second and third place. Interested in participating? Call 256-237-6261 for an application/prospectus with all the details!
 

November


Winter Market Weekend
Museum Member’s Cocktail Reception:

Friday, November 7, 5:30–7:30pm
Public Sale:
Friday through Sunday, November 7–9
Friday & Saturday, 10am–5pm, Sunday, 1–5pm


Just in time for the Christmas shopping season, the Winter Market Weekend invitational art fair returns to Anniston Museum of Natural History, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 7–9. This public event features artisans and craftspeople who show and offer their works for sale. It’s three days of arts, jewelry, crafts and sculpture, and is free to browse. Winter Market Weekend vendors will be located in the Museum Auditorium and Lobby, so be sure to see everything. Meet the artists and talk with them about their work. Pick up one-of-a-kind gifts for family and friends, or treat yourself to something unique.

Museum Members are invited to shop or browse the Winter Market offerings at a special cocktail reception Friday evening, November 7. Enjoy light fare and meet the artists at this party exclusively for Museum members. Shop early and stay late for more chances to win door prizes that will be drawn every half hour. This event is generously sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors. Not a Museum member but wish to attend the cocktail reception? Join today by visiting www.annistonmuseum.org or call DeMorra at 256-237-6766 x 120.

Fa La La La Follies
Friday, November 28, 11am–1pm
Free with paid Museum admission!


Can’t wait for the holidays? You don’t have to! Visit Anniston Museum on Friday, November 28, for the official start of the holiday season, as we unwrap a very special present for our visitors: it’s the Fa La La La Follies! It’s the day after Thanksgiving, so take a break from the turkey and the wall-to-wall shoppers, and see a whimsical and inspiring puppet show by Lee Bryan, That Puppet Guy from Atlanta, Georgia. Lee will perform two shows, the first at 11am and another at 1pm. Each show will be approximately 45 minutes long. Afterwards, attendees will have the opportunity to see an educational behind-the-scenes demonstration. Best of all, the Fa La La La Follies is free with your regular Museum admission! Seating is limited, and will be on a first-come, first-seated basis, so come early!

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December

Anniston Museum League’s
Home for the Holidays

Tuesday, December 2, 11am–7pm


Visit homes dressed in their holiday finery on this annual self-driving tour.

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General Hours and Admission: Valid through Labor Day, 2014

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: 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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