Calendar of Events

January 2015    February     March   April
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 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 2015

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Last Open Monday of the Summer Season!
Labor Day, Monday, September 7
10am-5pm; Last admission 4:30pm

Labor Day marks the end of the Museum's Summer schedule and will be the last open Monday until Memorial Day, May 2016. Enjoy this final Summer Monday with your family at the Museum Complex in Lagarde Park!

Museums Return to Winter Operating Schedule
Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm, Sun 1-5pm; 
Last admission, 4:30pm

The Museums return to their normal operating schedule and will be closed on Mondays now through Memorial Day, May 2016. Please visit the Museums Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10am-5pm and Sundays 1-5pm. Our last admission of the day will be taken at 4:30pm.


Smithsonian Museum Day Live!

Saturday, September 26, 10am–4:30pm and Sunday, September 27, 1–4:30pm
Free admission for official Smithsonian Museum Day Live! ticketholders; 
Valid at Anniston Museum only, other restrictions apply*

Are you a Smithsonian Museum member or Smithsonian Magazine subscriber? If you are, you can visit Anniston Museum of Natural History for free during Smithsonian Museum Day Live! on Saturday, September 26, 10am–4:30pm or Sunday, September 27, 1–4:30pm. Simply clip your ticket from the Smithsonian Magazine, or download and print one from . Sorry, we cannot accept electronic images on your phone or tablet: You must present a physical ticket for admission. Details and restrictions are specified by the Smithsonian*  in the magazine and online.

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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, and experience some of Anniston Museum’s eerie live animals up close and personal in the Nature Space Discovery Room! 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 from1–1:30pm

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.

Make a day of it at the Museum; no need to leave for lunch. There will be a food vendor on-site between 10am–2pm. It’s a spine-tingling, hair-raising, wonderful way to spend a day with family! Call 256-237-6766 for more information.


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. 
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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