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“Quaint & perfect for kids.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of South Florida Museum, Bishop Planetarium & Parker Manatee Aquarium

South Florida Museum, Bishop Planetarium & Parker Manatee Aquarium
201 10th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34205
941-746-4131
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Ranked #4 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.
Micanopy, Florida, United States
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
“Quaint & perfect for kids.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

A group of us went, & the adults weren't very impressed. The kids, though, we're transfixed. The museum is really interesting, especially the touch tank w/live urchins & other sea creatures. We went on a Friday where there was a fascinating nature film. There r free science talks periodically for the community. Overall, an enjoyable experience. Loved the manatees.

Visited November 2012
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Springdale, Arkansas
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“Not worth the money”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

There are some interesting displays and the planetarium is okay for adults; however,everything can be viewed in an hour or less. It was also hard to get a very good look at the manatees. I did buy some books from the gift shop. I would not recommend this attraction, but the gift shop is worth a look.

Visited July 2013
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Parrish, Florida
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“A Place for Families to Visit”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

Overall, we were not impressed. The planetarium show was rather boring, and the manatee exhibit was also. This would probably be a good place for families with children. The museum was the most interesting part, but I wouldn't recommend it for adults unless there was nothing else of interest to do in the area..

Visited May 2013
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“Fun for all ages”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013 via mobile

The South Florida Museum is great for all ages and interests. A giant mastodon greets you when you enter. Exhibits show humans have lived in Florida for 12,000 years! You can see real canoes and stone/shell tools. Snooty and his manatee pals Cheeno and Longo are a delight to watch, and the aquarium has a small but interesting touch tank with sea stars and urchins! The Bishop Planetarium was fantastic!! Try to plan to see a live star talk, its worth it and you can see other shows too about the planets and stars- ultimate universe and extreme planets are the best. So much to do, make sure you have 3-4 hours at the very least! They also show fun films on fridays and host monthly science talks for free! A true Florida treasure right there in bradenton!

Visited June 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
Thanks for your great review - it sounds like you really had the opportunity to enjoy everything. We agree that you can spend several hours exploring all of the exciting things we have to offer. :)
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Gatineau, Canada
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“Nice to visite”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

The Museum had lot of nice things to see. the people were very friendly and helpful. It was easy to find your way around. The Aquarium was very nice as well I loved to see them feed the Manatees ice berg lettus. Also like to see them up close they are magnificent animals.

Visited July 2012
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