Florida International Museum Launches Annual Membership Campaign

St. Petersburg, Florida (October 9, 2003) Florida International Museum (FIM) announces an annual Membership Program is now available, offering exceptional value for patrons. The Membership Program coincides with museum’s new campaign entitled We Bring the World to You, and two world class exhibitions opening this fall: Russian Odyssey: Riches of the State Russian Museum and The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Baseball As America. “We are very excited about our membership campaign and upcoming exhibition schedule,” said Kathy Oathout, FIM Executive Director. “Never before has the Tampa Bay area had two exhibits of this quality on display simultaneously.”

The national tour of Baseball As America is sponsored by Ernst & Young.

Bay area residents are encouraged take this opportunity to become a member and enjoy the benefits of two great memberships in one - The Florida International Museum and The Smithsonian Institution. For as little as $40 per year, patrons can enjoy membership that includes unlimited general admissions to FIM; advance notice of special exhibits and events; invitations to previews and special functions; discounts in the museum store; and membership to the Smithsonian Institution, which includes an outstanding benefit package of its own. Individuals, families and businesses may select from membership packages that are tailored to their individual needs.
At Florida International Museum We Bring the World to You through exciting, diverse national and international exhibits, many on loan from the Smithsonian Institution. Since opening in 1995, FIM has become one of the premier cultural attractions in the Southeastern United States, hosting more than 2.3 million visitors from around the globe. FIM is the permanent home of The Cuban Missile Crisis: When The Cold War Got Hot.

The Florida International Museum has extended hours for the upcoming exhibitions: Monday through Saturday - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Christmas and New Year’s Day. Last tickets are sold at 4 p.m., 7 p.m. on Friday. For general Museum information call 727.822.3693, or visit our website at www.floridamuseum.org.

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The Florida International Museum is a non-profit educational institution supported, in part, by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Florida Arts Council, State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the City of St. Petersburg. Other major sponsors include Progress Energy, Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club, and St. Petersburg Times.