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South Florida Museum, Bishop Planetarium & Parker Manatee Aquarium
201 10th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34205
941-746-4131
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Ranked #5 of 14 Attractions in Bradenton
Type: History Museums, Observatories/ Planetariums, Museums
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Owner description: South Florida Museum is the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida's Gulf Coast. The museum interprets the region from the Pleistocene to the present. The Bishop Planetarium, features one of the most advanced all-digital projection systems in the world and presents astronomy programs the whole family will enjoy. The Parker Manatee Aquarium, part of Florida's manatee rehabilitation network, is home to the oldest known living manatee. Phone ahead to confirm schedule and admission.
Bradenton, Florida
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“Fun for the family”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

Local history, Florida history, plus its famous attraction: Snooty the Manatee. It is a lovely family experience and worth the trip. It may be a little dry for younger children, but there are some hands-on things for them as well.

Visited March 2013
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Naples, Florida
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“Very nice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

The museum is very interesting. Small in scale but nice. Worth walking around. Artifacts & info on South FL... Tampa down.. Indians & animals. The manatees & the feeding is also worth a look. The planetarium shows ( saw 2) very good. Visit well worth the ticket price, which includes all 3. Free parking OnSite.

Visited April 2013
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Pinellas Park, Florida
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“Treasures of South Florida”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Actual visit was 7/2/2011. The museum is a true treasure to the state of Florida. It holds exhibits and artifacts from the state's past going as far back as 2,000 years to the present day. The displays and dioramas offer an exciting view into history. Some great points are the mock room-size settlement of how early Florida pioneers staked their claims. (the back drop looked so real, you could almost step back hundreds of years), The planetarium is great for the kids as it features exotic and local plants with a variety of insects and small, local wildlife. And don't forget to pay Snooty a visit while your there. His show is great for all families.

Visited July 2012
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somerset UK
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“Found it boring”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

We went on a very rainy day and so did the rest of Bradenton I think!!
We have 16 year old and 17 year old sons and they are usually very interested in history and exhibits but this place just didn't float their boat.
We visited the manatees, which was Ok although the size of their habitat did concern me and I'm hoping it was a lot bigger than it looked.
We all found the planetarium quite poor in quality and far too complicated narration for younger visitors. 16 year old actually fell fast asleep and I nodded off myself !!
We left after a couple of hours to seek out some lunch with the intention of returning later for the Snooty show but we didn't return in the end and so cannot comment on the show.
So overall, bit of a waste of $65.00. I'm sure if we weren't so wet, cold and hungry,and it wasn't so crowded, we would have made more of the visit and enjoyed it more.

Visited April 2013
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MuseumFriends, Public Relations Manager at South Florida Museum, Bishop Planetarium & Parker Manatee Aquarium, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
We're sorry to hear you didn't enjoy you're visit. Please let us know if there is anything we could do to improve your experience in the future. We're always looking for visitor suggestions and feedback!
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Palm Harbor, Florida
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“Great variety all in one location!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

The museum exhibits on the history of Florida were really interesting! Our favorite part of the visit was the manatee feeding. The lady leading this part was very informative and of course, "Snooty", the star of the show, was great! It was definitely an entertaining 30 minutes that we talked and laughed about for a long time afterwards! The Planetarium show was interesting but the show we saw might be over the heads of younger children (under 10). They have different shows from week to week, I believe. The staff there were all very nice and helpful. And, there is free parking right next to the Museum! How often do you find free parking these days! Overall, a nice way to spend 3 hours.

Visited March 2013
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MuseumFriends, Public Relations Manager at South Florida Museum, Bishop Planetarium & Parker Manatee Aquarium, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
We're glad you enjoyed your visit! The Museum has so much to offer. We actually have 4-5 different planetarium shows that play every day - with something for everyone. Some are geared towards children, and others have parts that might go over younger kids' heads... but they're all pretty engaging to look at. Feel free to let us know if you ever have questions about age appropriateness; we're always happy to make suggestions. Thanks!
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