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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 56 things to do in Bradenton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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.
Sarasota, Florida
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“Nice museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013 via mobile

This is a nice museum with a real manatee and a planetarium. You can learn some things about dinosaurs or indians. I enjoyed it!

Visited May 2013
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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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“Wonderful exhibits covering science to History & Snooty!!!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

Snooty is the oldest known Manatee in captivity, 65 yrs old july 2013. Born in captivity then given to the Musuem many yrs ago he is a sight to see. 2 floors an aquarium for the manatees( injuired manatees are given care here before released back in the wild) theres a Planetarium with at least 3 shows daily. 3 feedings of the manatees, and great exhibits and collections. the price is 15.95 per adult but discounts can be had by signing up at website or AAA card holders. The Fossils and the pine forest area were great.

Visited May 2013
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MuseumFriends, Public Relations Manager at South Florida Museum, Bishop Planetarium & Parker Manatee Aquarium, responded to this review, July 8, 2013
Glad you had a good time - hope to see you back at the Museum soon!
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“Makes Learning Fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

A great museum for learning about science and history. The exhibits were immersive and interesting. The planetarium was a comfortable place to watch some really interesting movies about space. And, the highlight of our visit was in the aquarium, watching the manatees eat a box full of veggies.

Visited May 2013
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MuseumFriends, Public Relations Manager at South Florida Museum, Bishop Planetarium & Parker Manatee Aquarium, responded to this review, July 8, 2013
We love teaching all about the world around us here at the Museum - and we're so glad you enjoyed learning with us!
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“Snooty's home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Very nice place to take the grandkids.Not as big or elaborate as the museum/aquarium in Tampa, but enjoyable for an afternoon trip

Visited April 2013
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“Wonderful Place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013 via mobile

We went here to see Snooty the Manatee. What a unique experience! Such amazing creatures! After the presentation we walked around the museum. So much to see and learn! Very nice exhibits! I'm looking forward to my next visit!

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We're glad you enjoyed your visit! We look forward to seeing you next time.
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