Calendar of Events

January 2015    February     March   April
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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
 
Museums Closed for New Year’s Day
Thursday, January 1, 2015

The Museums in Lagarde Park will be closed Thursday, January 1 for New Year’s Day. We will open again Friday, January 2 at 10am.

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February 
 
35th annual Black Heritage Festival
Saturday, February 21, 2015  10am–3:30pm
FREE ADMISSION Today at Both Museums!


Now in it's glorious 35th year, Anniston Museum's Black Heritage Festival continues to shine as one of Alabama's oldest continuing Black History month celebrations! As always, the central element of the day remains the Childrens Oratory Competition, where young people from pre-K through 12th grade recite, from memory, works of poetry and prose by noted African American authors. Each grade level group will compete for cash prizes, but all the children will have the opportunity to excercise their skills at public speaking in front of a crowd of hundreds. Black Heritage Festival attendees will also have the opportunity to shop from many vendors in the Museum lobby, who will be offering a large variety of wares for sale, including artwork, jewelry, clothing and accessories. A live musical performance will round out the day. No need to leave for lunch--a food vendor will be on-site during the event. Best of all, the entire event is free to attend! Free admission also extends to the Museum Exhibit Halls at both Anniston Museum and Berman Museum, next door. Make a day of it with your family and enjoy all the Museums have to offer during the 35th annual Black Heritage Festival at Anniston Museum!
 

Home School Day at the Museums
Activities at both Anniston and Berman Museums
Wednesday, February 25, 2015             11am-1pm
$4/person for Anniston Museum admission & activities;
$3/person for Berman Museum admission & activities;
$7/person for a Passport ticket to both Museums!  


Home school families will be able to enjoy a special morning at the Museums in Lagarde Park, exploring new and exciting areas. Before your visit, be sure to download fun and educational scavenger hunts from each of the Museums’ websites. Print the appropriate pages for your children’s grade level, and bring along to complete as you tour the Museums with your family.

Begin the day at Anniston Museum of Natural History, where you’ll have the chance to pre-register for one of two special Animal Encounters: either an interpretive visit to the Live Animal Facility and/or an educational hike on the Bird of Prey Trail. While at Anniston Museum, take the opportunity to look over the content and lesson guides in the Museum’s Educational Resources Trunks. These pre-packaged learning stations are available for all educators to "check out" at no cost, for up to two weeks at a time. Anniston Museum’s Animal Encounters (Live Animal Facility Tours and Bird of Prey Trail Hike) will be offered every thirty minutes, between 10am–12:30pm. The pre-registration sign-up sheets for these offerings will be available at 9:30am in the Anniston Museum Lobby. Spaces on these tours are limited and will fill on a first-come, first-served basis.

After taking part in Anniston Museum’s activities, home school families can add another dimension to their visit by attending a "Hands-on History" program at Berman Museum of World History. "Hands-on History" programs will be offered at 11am and 1pm, and are sure to bring history to life in a whole new way. Use the Berman Museum scavenger hunts you downloaded and printed at home as you tour four exciting permanent Exhibit Halls, and be sure to take a look at the Educational Resource kits available for check-out at Berman Museum, as well. Some of Berman Museum’s educational kits also include historic costumes, to make learning about history even more real for your students!

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November


Military Family Recognition Month
Half-price admission for military members and families at
Anniston and Berman Museums
November 1-30, regular Museum hours
To show our support for our brave men and women in uniform, the Museums will offer half-price admission for military members and their families during the month of November!

 



American Education Week at the Museums
Saturday, November 15-Sunday, November 23
Regular Museum Hours
Free admission for educators
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Celebrate American Education Week November 15 through 23 at the Museums in Lagarde Park. *Educators, just show your valid ID badges and receive a free admission for yourself and one guest anytime during regular business hours during this week. Visit Anniston Museum of Natural History and Berman Museum of World History Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm or Sunday 1-5pm. (Last admission will be at 4:30pm.)

 



Museums Closed for Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November 27

The Museums in Lagarde Park will be closed on Thursday, November 27 for Thanksgiving Day. We will open again on Friday, November 28 at 10am.
 



Fa La La La Follies
Friday, November 28
Two Shows: 11am and 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: 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. This sparkling holiday production combines music, live vocal performance and a variety of beautifully costumed hand and rod puppets that will mesmerize audiences of all ages as they “make merry” in this family friendly puppet performance. Get ready for hilarious holiday high-jinx as residents of the North Pole perform in the Fa La La La Follies,  the annual North Pole talent show. The zany and colorful cast of characters includes a wisecracking fruitcake, a musical goose, tumbling teddy bears, a duo of dancing deer, the "not-so-abominable" snowman and much, much more!

 Lee Bryan will offer two performances of the Fa La La La Follies: 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! ($6/adult, $5/child age 4-17, children ages 3 and under are free.) Purchase your Museum admission at the front desk, then present your receipt at the Auditorium door for entry to the show. (While Museum Members receive free admission, they will also need to check in at the front desk to receive a visit receipt for entry to the show.) Seating for each performance is limited, and will be on a first-come, first-seated basis, so plan to arrive early!

 While Lee Bryan’s wacky puppet shows are undeniably funny and entertaining, they are also educational, as well. Curriculum connections for the Fa La La La La Follies includes content from the following Professional Standards: language arts, visual arts, music, theatre and social studies. Check out his official website at www.puppetguy.com to learn more about his repertoire of puppet performances!

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December

Anniston Museum League’s
Home for the Holidays

Self-driving tour of homes, Tuesday, December 2, 11am–7pm;
Tickets in advance: $15 for members; $20 for non-members
All tickets at the day of the event are $25


Visit homes dressed in their holiday finery on this annual self-driving tour from the Anniston Museum League! This year’s tour of homes will take place on Tuesday, December 2 from 11am until 7pm. The tour includes three homes on Hillyer High and a fourth home nearby! Joey Crews, Mike and Tracy Newman, Susan Lovvorn and Dr. and Mrs. David Cummings have all agreed to open their lovely homes for us to view. Thanks to each of them for being the warm hosts they are! Tickets in advance are $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. All tickets at the day of the event are $25. Please call DeMorra at the museum at 256-237-6766, ext. 120 for tickets and more information.

 


Museums Closed for Christmas Eve & Day
Wednesday & Thursday, December 24–25


The Museums in Lagarde Park will be closed on Wednesday & Thursday, December 24-25 for Christmas Eve and Day. We will open again on Friday, December 26 at 10am.
 

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General Hours and Admission: Valid through Memorial Day, 2015

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


 


NOTICE TO VISITORS TO THE GARDENS AND TRAILS:
MUSEUM DRIVE GATE LOCKS DAILY AT 5:30PM

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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