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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Celebrate National Fossil Day

Wednesday, October 14, 2015  10:3am-2pm
Included in regular Museum admission
Anniston Museum Exhibit Halls

Celebrate National Fossil Day at Anniston Museum of Natural History! The National Parks Service of the United States created National Fossil Day™ “to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational value.”
In honor of National Fossil Day, Anniston Museum will offer a variety of interesting educational resources designed to help visitors learn more about the fascinating history of the earth through the exploration of plant and animal fossils from our Collections! Make your first stop at the Discovery Station located within the Dynamic Earth Hall, where you’ll meet with Museum Registrar and learn more about the fossils on exhibit at the Museum.  When you reach the Nature Space Discovery Room, you will see even more fossils, enjoy a fossil activity for young children (appropriate for K-3rd grade), and meet some “living fossils,” such as turtles and hissing cockroaches.  Be among the first children to visit on 
National Fossil Day™ and take home a fossil of your very own!
Visit  the National Parks Service online at  to learn more about the origins of National Fossil Day™, and NPS activities across the country.
Special Note for Groups: Due to space restrictions, the fossil activities in Nature Space activities are intended for general admission family groups; organized groups of 10 or more (daycares, preschools, etc) who would like to have access to the Nature Space fossil activities must call ahead to facilitate access to the space.


Creepy Critter Saturday!  

Saturday, October 17,10am–2pm
All programming is included in regular Museum admission;
Children 4–12, wear your Halloween costume and get in free! 
Anniston Museum

Anniston Museum is gearing up for the spooky Halloween season with a special day of fun for the whole family! Enjoy the thrills and chills of a “Saturday Alive” animal program, explore the wilds using all your senses with the Alabama Chapter of Safari Club International, experience some of Anniston Museum’s eerie live animals up close and personal in the Nature Space Discovery Room and meet some of your favorite costumed super heroes in person! It’s a day packed with thrills, chills and excitement, but don’t be scared–all of the day’s activities are included in your regular Museum admission! Even better still, children (ages 4–12) who come in their Halloween costumes and all Museum members get in free! (Members please check in at reception desk; you’ll need your receipt to gain admission to activities and programs).

The day of fun begins in the Safari International Mobile Museum, courtesy of our friends in the Alabama Chapter of Safari Club International! Take a “Sensory Safari” in their unique mobile museum located in Anniston Museum’s  front parking lot. The Sensory Safari will be open from 10am–2pm. First established as a project at the School for the Blind in Talladega, Alabama, the Mobile Sensory Safari was completed in 2013, as a result of the public’s growing interest. The mobile unit, which houses hides, horns and antlers, and promotes wildlife conservation and education, allows the Safari Club International to reach an even greater diversity of people in Alabama.

After exploring the Mobile Sensory safari, journey inside the Museum to the Creepy Critter Corner (otherwise known as the Nature Space Discovery Room) where, at 10:30am, you will visit with Museum staff and a few of the Museum’s favorite creepy critters–like spiders, and snakes and lizards–oh my! You’ll have the chance to get close to these creepy, crawly, slithery specimens, and maybe even pet one, if you dare! There are no tricks, but you may pick up a few treats, too. If you miss the 10:30–11am offering in Creepy Critter Corner, you’ll have another chance to visit with them from noon–12:30pm, and again from 1–1:30pm

Creepy Critter Saturday continues at 11am in the Museum Auditorium with a special offering of Saturday Alive: Creepy Critters. This popular live animal program is an educational and entertaining offering for all ages! You’ll learn more about many of the animals that we consider “creepy,” and find out how they contribute to the ecology of our world.
The day of adventure wraps up with the opportunity to meet three of your favorite costumed superheroes, straight from the pages of their popular comic books! Iron Man, Batman and Spiderman will all make an appearance from 10-noon and again from 1-2pm. Have your photo made alongside the metal man, the caped crusader and the web-slinger (parents, bring your own cameras). Children age 12 and under can also compete for prizes in the “Draw Your Favorite Superhero” contest! Use pencils, markers, crayons—any media you like- to create a drawing (8.5” x 11” or smaller sheet of paper) of your favorite superhero. Write your name and age on the front (Adult guardians, please add your name and phone number on the back), and bring your artwork along when you visit on Creepy Critter Saturday. Pin your drawing to the Superhero Wall of Fame in the Museum Lobby so that everyone can admire your work. Iron Man, Batman and Spiderman will choose their favorite picture in each of three age groups at 2pm, and the winning artists will receive a special prize!

Make a day of it at the Museum on Creepy Critter Saturday-- It’s a spine-tingling, hair-raising, wonderful way to spend a day with family while getting ready for the Halloween season! Call 256-237-6766 for more information or visit



Preview the Garden 
Sunday, November 1, noon–5pm
Longleaf Botanical Gardens 

Join the Longleaf Botanical Gardens Board of Directors for a special preview event at the Gardens on Sunday, November 1, beginning at noon. Be among the first to see what’s been happening at the gardens in advance of the May 14, 2016 Grand Opening! Admission to the Preview the Garden event is free to all, but donations are welcome! Visit or email your questions to


Anniston Museum League Presents the Annual  

Winter Market Weekend Invitational Art Fair & Sale
Members’ Cocktail Reception:
Thursday, November 12, 5:30–7:30pm
Anniston Museum Lobby and Auditorium 

Winter Market Public Sale:
Friday–Sunday, November 13–15:  Shop Friday and Saturday 10am–5pm, Sunday 1–5pm
FREE to Browse!
Anniston Museum Lobby and Auditorium 

Anniston Museum League invites everyone to shop the wares of dozens of talented artisans and craftspeople at the annual Winter Market Weekend Invitational Art Fair and Sale. In this three-day event, you will find an amazing array of items, ranging from the tiniest, most delicate piece of jewelry, to fanciful paintings and glassworks, to hearty, handcrafted furniture and decorative accents. Best of all, it’s free to browse! Shop the public sale Friday, November 13 through Sunday, November 15 during regular Museum hours:10am–5pm,  Friday and Saturday and 1–5pm Sunday.  

This year’s featured artisits include: Adam Lockridge, Ray Lockridge, Lori Cummings of Ziwi Glass, John Walker Davis of Concrete Creations, Jennifer Davis of Whimsical Wire Works, Sarah Cavender, Peggy Mayo of Gourd Extradinaire, Debra DeLain of Debra DeLain Jewelry, Pam Smith of Nature Reflections Photography, Diane Roberts of Claire Cole Designs, Lauren Franks of Works by Lauren, Brett and Kristen Barnes of Barnes and Co., Edward Deyo of Art Deyo, Sally Coker of Artwear, Taimi Morris of Spicy Kudzu, Robin Hopkins of Norman Christina, Schena Lindley of Jewelry Trees by Schena, Cheryl Cameron, Lynn Phillips of ChyRose Arts, JSU Art Alliance, Diane Adams, Cindy Burch of 2 Stars Art, Barbara McGill, Cathy Sorrell, Freddie Nell Jones, Gene Bartha and Larry Martin of Wren’s Nest.
Museum Members get the opportunity to be first to see all the treasures on offer at a very special preview event: The Museum League will host a Cocktail Reception for Museum League members on Thursday evening, November 12, from 5:30–7:30pm. All Museum members are invited. Please RSVP to DeMorra at 256-237-6766 x 309 or Not a member but want to attend? DeMorra can also assist you in purchasing an individual, family or business membership! 
The preview Cocktail Reception and the Winter Market Weekend sale are generously sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors. 

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General Hours and Admission: Valid through Memorial Day, 2016

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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