The National Civil War Naval Museum takes modern-day visitors through the little-traveled footsteps of the sailors who fought in the Civil War, telling the story of the country's deadliest war from a naval point of view. Exhibits detail the technology and commerce that soldiers encountered, and provide a human backdrop with stories about soldiers and slaves affected by Civil War navies. Guided tours feature uniformed sailors who interpret the history of everyday life aboard a Civil War vessel or tell the story of a ship that served in the war. For a spookier outing, nighttime tours explore paranormal anomalies and analyze evidence from ghost investigations that happened in the museum.
The night's sky envelops visitors in the Coca-Cola Space Science Center like the comforting hug of an astronaut. The heavens sparkle overhead, and galaxies radiate their brilliance?but they don't always behave normally. Sometimes they travel into the past and show what the sky looked like hundreds of years ago. Other times the constellations are arranged as they'll be in some distant future. The sky's ever-changing nature is thanks to the center's Omnisphere Theater, a high-resolution domed movie screen that can project trips through the universe. Other areas of the center include the Mead Observatory and its many telescopes.
Expert hands, marked by the evidence of careful labor, bring together frames with gilded baroque flourishes or sleek contemporary lines to shelter photos, paintings, mirrors, and cross-stitch samplers at Frames +. Computerized onsite mat cutting makes pieces seem to leap from the wall with color-complementing depth, drawing out the greens of a mountainscape or adding to the crayon signature on a fake diploma. Jerseys and souvenirs nestle in shadow boxes, and antique photos stay safe with conservation framing that preserves the visages of ancestors who traveled to America on the Mayflower or the barnacled back of a generous whale.:
At Tallahassee Italian Family Festa, held each year since 2010, Italian and Italian-American culture is celebrated in all of its forms. Bocce tournaments, a Madonnari sidewalk-chalk art competition, and a silent auction are just a few attractions, and spectators can fuel up with gelato, meatball sandwiches, and Italian beer and wine. Italian cars and motorcycles gleam in an exhibition, showing off their sleek surfaces and revving their motors with an Italian trill. There's also a children's area where kids can participate in face painting, a grape stomp, and other activities.
Proceeds from the festival benefit Florida State University's international travel programs and CIAO! Italian Club Tallahassee.
Pilot your brain-plane into a four-way collision with history, nature, and wildlife at the Tallahassee Museum, where wild-lovers can wander 52 acres of Florida florae and faunae as it floridly lounges in the state's natural greenhouse atmosphere. Saunter along the Habitat Trail, via elevated boardwalks that allow you to view animals from above without intruding into their habitats and TV-watching habits. In addition to waterfowl, foxes, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and river otters, you’ll catch glimpses of the endangered Florida panther, the state’s official mammal, and the endangered red wolf. Step into the pre-Internet world your parents and older siblings grew up in at Big Bend Farm, an 1880s living farmstead with a restored period farmhouse and kitchen, as well as reconstructions of an outhouse, blacksmith shed, and smokehouse. Historical voyeurs, meanwhile, can peer inside the rear windows of the restored 1850s plantation house of Catherine Murat, George Washington’s great-grandniece, who later became part of French royalty by marrying Prince Achille Murat, the nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte. With a plethora of annual events coming up, such as the upcoming Market Days on Dec. 4 and 5, you’ll have plenty of more stimulating things to do this winter than hibernate and alphabetize your action figures.
LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts celebrates contemporary fine arts through a medley of classes and exhibitions featuring hundreds of artists each year. Individual and patron members alike enjoy perks such as a mention in the quarterly newsletter as well as previews, e-vites, and free admission to exhibitions; prior to each opening, patron members can also attend exhibition preview parties in which the bottom eighths of all canvases are uncovered. All members receive advance notice, early enrollment, and discounted admission to studio art courses, such as digital editing fundamentals, held at the nearby education center on East Call Street. The patron membership is good for an entire household and, in addition to the perks of individual membership, nets holders a 10% discount on purchases over $25 in the gallery shop.