Calendar of Events

January       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

14th Annual National Bird Day
Tuesday, January 5, 10am-noon
Included in regular admission
Anniston Museum Exhibit Halls

 
The beauty, songs, and flight of birds have long been sources of human inspiration.  In celebration of this day, join Anniston Museum staff for a closer look at a few of the most powerful and majestic birds on earth - Birds of Prey.  Learn more about how important the conservation of these birds is to the environment and ultimately to man.  See several live Birds of Prey on display in the Birds of the Americas Exhibit Hall.  Museum members are free.   
 

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February  

Antarctica:  A Very Cool Family Day
February 6, 2016
1pm-2pm
Museum Auditorium


Dress in your warmest, wooly hat and mittens and join Anniston Museum of Natural History for a very cool Family Day!  Former Alabama Poet of the Year, adult and children’s author Irene Latham and UAB professor, author and researcher Jim McClintock will take families on an amazing adventure to Antarctica through photographs and poetry about the frozen continent.  Ms. Latham will share poems from her upcoming children’s book, When the Sun Shines on Antarctica, set to be released spring 2016 while Mr. McClintock takes us on a visual exploration of the frozen land.  Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa and a journey you won’t soon forget.  After the program, Ms. Latham and Mr. McClintock will offer a book signing opportunity.  You may bring your books with you for the book signing or you can purchase them on the day of the event.  This event is free with paid admission.  Must show receipt for entrance.  Members are free.  Seating is limited.  First come, first served.  
 
 
36th Annual Black Heritage Festival
February 20th 10am-3pm
Anniston Museum

 
Student orations, vendors, music and more!  Updates coming soon.  Like us on Facebook to get updates on the program of events for this year’s festival.   
 
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March

 

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April  

Save the Date!! Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Longleaf Botanical Garden will host a "Pollinators in the Landscape" workshop. There will be presentations on pollinator plants in the garden, milkweeds for Alabama landscapes, and other related topics. If you are interested in being a friend to our bees and butterflies ... Then you must attend this half-day workshop. Stay tuned for more details regarding additional topics, registration and fees.

Think Spring!!

While winter hasn't even arrived in central Alabama, our volunteers are working feverishly to get ready for the 2016 Spring Plant Sale that benefits the Longleaf Botanical Garden. This year's theme is "Planting for Pollinators." We will be featuring great pollinator plants for Alabama landscapes. Mark your calendar for Friday and Saturday, April 22-23, 2016. Come for a selection of plants featuring trees, shrubs, sun and shade perennials, and vegetables. Times to be announced soon. 

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May

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June

Terrific Kid Tuesday
Every Tuesday in June
Quintard Mall, Oxford

Join us at the Quintard Mall food court for a live animal program starting at noon. 

"Where's Emily?"
Every Tuesday in June

Anniston Museum 

Emily, our Museum Educator, will be in one of the seven exhibit halls with a different critter to interact with guests and answer any questions they may have. The live animal will co-relate with the exhibit hall Emily is found in.

HerpFest
Saturday, June 18th, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Museum Lobby

Join us as we explore the fascinating world of Reptiles and Amphibians! It’ll be an all-day event in the Critter Corner located in the Museum lobby from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. full of fun and learning opportunities. The event includes: 
-Yarbrough’s Snake Show at 11 a.m.
-Frog Talk with JSU’s Herpetologist, Dr. George Cline, at 1 p.m.
-Yarbrough’s Snake Show at 3 p.m. 
Cost is free with paid museum admission.


Third Thursday in the Gardens Program
"Grow a Gardenia in a Bottle" 
June 16th, 5:00-6:00 p.m. 
Longleaf Botanical Gardens 

This program will focus on simple plant propagation with cuttings.  We will learn about when to take cuttings and how to care for them.  Attendees will look at a simple and easy method of rooting gardenia cuttings in a clear plastic bottle that functions as a mini-greenhouse!  Come learn about plant propagation and take some soon-to-be gardenias home for your landscape. We will provide the recycled bottles, the cuttings, soil… come join us! The program will be held in the James P. Roberts Education Room at the Longleaf Botanical Gardens. Cost is $5.00; free to First Friends. Reserve your spot by calling 256-237-6766 (Anniston Museum of Natural History).  
 


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July

Terrific Kid Tuesday
Every Tuesday in July
Quintard Mall, Oxford

Join us at the Quintard Mall food court for a live animal program starting at noon. 

"Where's Emily?"
Every Tuesday in July

Anniston Museum 

Emily, our Museum Educator, will be in one of the seven exhibit halls with a different critter to interact with guests and answer any questions they may have. The live animal will co-relate with the exhibit hall Emily is found in.


Live Salty Grand Opening
July 15th
Anniston Museum 



Third Thursday in the Gardens Program
“Basic Irrigation Systems for Home Lawns and Garden”
July 21st, 5:00-6:00 p.m. 
Longleaf Botanical Gardens 

Eric Schavey, Regional Extension Agent from Etowah County will cover topics including water usage, system troubleshooting, drip and low volume systems, along with some common some do’s and don’ts. The program will be held in the James P. Roberts Education Room at the Longleaf Botanical Gardens. Cost is $5.00; free to First Friends. Reserve your spot by calling Sarah Burke at 256-237-6766 x 302. Call early, workshops fill up quickly. You MUST reserve a spot to enter the workshop, no walk-ups on day of event. 

Family Night
July 21st, 5:30 p.m-9:00 p.m. 
Anniston Museum

Tickets for Non-Members are $12/adult and $10/children. Members are $10/adult and $8/children. Family Night ticket includes: dinner (hotdogs, chips, cookie & drink), flashlight tour through exhibit halls, photo op with live animal, and live animal program. Call Museum to register for event. Registration ends Friday, July 15.

 

 

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 August

Owl Appreciation Day
August 4th
Anniston Museum of Natural History

 
Visit Anniston Museum and get a closer look at the birds seen along the Bird of Prey Trail. Learn what makes these owls and other Birds of Prey so magnificent. Examine owl wings, hawk talons, and other hands-on items in Nature Space from 10:00-2:00pm. Live Bird of Prey Presentations will introduce you to owls, hawks, and the ancient skill of falconry (times TBA) – seating is limited and will be first-come, first-seated! By the end of the day, you will love them with owl your heart! Programming free with paid admission. Members Free.

Third Thursday in the Gardens Program
“Painting a Simple Flower from the Garden”
August 18th, 5:00-6:00 p.m. 
Longleaf Botanical Gardens 


Martha Tucker, a local artist, will teach you how to paint a simple flower collage on a small canvas.  Using acrylic paints, you will learn the simple technique of painting for fun. This class is limited to 20-25 people. The program will be held in the James P. Roberts Education Room at the Longleaf Botanical Gardens. Cost is $5.00; free to First Friends. Reserve your spot by calling Sarah Burke at 256-237-6766 x 302. Call early, workshops fill up quickly. You MUST reserve a spot to enter the workshop, no walk-ups on day of event. 

Museum Day
August 27th
Anniston Museum of Natural History

 
Come one, come all! Let’s celebrate Anniston Museum’s 86th birthday! Crafts, programs, and admission are free for guests at Anniston Museum on Saturday, August 27, 2016. Crafting will take place in the Museum Classroom. Create an animal mask or wild handprint art to take home with you. Meet some of Museum Staff’s favorite animals in free Live Animal Presentations at 11:00 and 1:00, but remember seating is limited and will be first-come, first-seated!

 

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September

Sudsfest 2016
September 24, 2016
Longleaf Botanical Gardens & Event Center

 
Mark your calendars for September 24, 2016 for the return of one of Calhoun County’s best beer tasting & food sampling festivals.  This year Sudsfest will be even bigger, better, and more fun than ever. This year’s enhanced Sudsfest will be held at the newly remodeled Longleaf Botanical Gardens & Event Center. Throughout the event, hundreds of guests are treated to an evening like no other, featuring great food from some of Calhoun County’s finest restaurants and bakeries; beer tastings and wine bars; and a signature cocktail bar. Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to set up and enjoy the highly-anticipated concert by American Floyd, a Pink Floyd tribute band, featuring a combination of distinctive sounds and a dynamic light show for an authentic Pink Floyd experience.
We invite you to be a part of this fun and festive event by participating as an official sponsor. Sponsors of Suds fest will receive unique, on-site visibility opportunities, and a special set of benefits. Funds raised through sponsorships and ticket sales will go towards acquiring equipment necessary for daily operations for all three organizations of the campus. For sponsorship information call David Ford at 256-237-6261 x 321.
General admission tickets will go on sale September 1st by calling 256-237-6261 or 256-237-6766. Tickets will be limited so don’t wait too late!

Third Thursday in the Gardens Program
“A Tropical Tour”
September 15th, 5-6 p.m.
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

 
Hayes Jackson will present a presentation on ginger lilies and other tropical plants for attendees. Stay tuned for more details! The program will be held in the James P. Roberts Education Room at the Longleaf Botanical Gardens. Cost is $5.00; free to First Friends. Reserve your spot by calling Sarah Burke at 256-237-6766 x 302. Call early, workshops fill up quickly. You MUST reserve a spot to enter the workshop, no walk-ups on day of event. 
Pawpaw Workshop
September 22nd, TBA
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

 
Rhonda Britton will cover everything important concerning the elusive, delicious fruit known as the Pawpaw. Stay tuned for additional information. 

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October
Falling for Fun Fall Festival
October 15, 2016, TBA
Anniston Museum of Natural History 


Details TBA. 
 


November

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December

 

 

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General Hours and Admission: Valid through Labor Day, 2016

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


 


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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