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South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium

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201 10th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205-8635
+1 941-746-4131
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A must see!

I've been to the South Florida Museum many times throughout my lifetime. From watching shows at the... read more

Reviewed February 15, 2017
Bradenton Beach, Florida
A gem in my neighborhood

What a pleasant surprise it was to see this beautiful planetarium, aquarium and Florida nature... read more

Reviewed February 13, 2017
Bradenton, Florida
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As the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida's Gulf Coast, the South Florida Museum offers engaging exhibits as well as educational programs that interpret the scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world and our universe. In addition to permanent exhibits, the Museum features a constantly changing lineup of temporary exhibitions -- offering something new to discover with each visit. The Museum includes the all-digital Bishop Planetarium Theater and the Parker Manatee Aquarium. Celebrating its 50th anniversary year, the Bishop Planetarium is the Gulf Coast's premier astronomy education facility, outfitted with a state-of-the-art Planetarium and projection system with stunning multimedia capabilities. The Parker Manatee Aquarium is home to Snooty™, Manatee County's official mascot and the oldest known manatee in the world, as certified by Guinness World Records. Snooty shares his Aquarium pool with other manatees that have been injured or orphaned and are being rehabilitated for return to the wild as part of the Manatee Rehabilitation and Release Partnership.
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  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
201 10th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205-8635
+1 941-746-4131
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Reviewed February 15, 2017

I've been to the South Florida Museum many times throughout my lifetime. From watching shows at the Planetarium, to the historical displays in the museum, to visiting with Snooty the Manatee and several special occasions for weddings and receptions of sorts. It's part of Bradentons...More

Thank dkpho2graphy
Reviewed February 13, 2017

What a pleasant surprise it was to see this beautiful planetarium, aquarium and Florida nature museum right in my backyard! It's an easy-to-navigate museum with so much to see and learn. I can't wait to go back. Lots of cool fossils and extinct animal exhibits.

Thank artzyfarzy
Reviewed February 13, 2017

There are some unique displays but overall it seems cramped. Hard to get around and signage is poor. Parking is okay but finding this place can be confusing (A Bradenton issue).

Thank madpay
Reviewed February 13, 2017

We've enjoyed the museum and it's history. It's amazing to see Snooty in his home and hear of his story. Great place for an afternoon with children.

Thank itsdig
Reviewed February 9, 2017

On our visit to the museum I must say enough with the Manatees. It was a nice grounds area, loved the planetarium and the staff was very friendly and helpful. But the fact that the manatees were the star of the show has me puzzled....More

Thank Stephen S
Reviewed February 5, 2017

One of my favorite places to go in Bradenton. Historic exhibitions and displays, art, and of course Snooty. If you don't know Snooty be sure to Google him. Includes the amazing planetarium with its shows for all ages.

Thank Barbara C
Reviewed February 4, 2017 via mobile

This was the 1st visit for all of us. We were down visiting friends and we took them there. What a wonderful museum. It was very well laid out and had the most wonderful artifacts. However it was a disappointment that we could not go...More

Reviewed February 1, 2017 via mobile

Planetarium show is cool...feels like your in space. The exhibits are very educational and great to see. The Mammoth is huge

Thank cfree19
Reviewed January 29, 2017

This is the place to see the most famous manatee in the world: Snooty is 68 years old. You can see Snooty being fed. He likes iceberg lettuce. He eats 100 lbs of food each day. The planetarium is truly fun. Our "guide" was animated....More

1  Thank JohnDHealy
Reviewed January 28, 2017

Great exhibits and displays of nature and history. Shows the growth and development of this area of Florida from the prehistoric to the present. There is a hands on room for children to explore fossils, science experiments, etc. An aquarium with daily shows (with Snooty...More

Thank 653donna
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No. There are no restaurants onsite, but many good ones within an easy walk (3-4 blocks). Pier 22 and o'Bricks are two of my favorites. Enjoy!