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South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium

201 10th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205-8635
+1 941-746-4131
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Our family visit to the Bishop Planatarium was thoroughly enjoyed by all, ages 12 thru 82! I hate... read more

Reviewed May 16, 2016
Bradenton, Florida
South Florida Museum

Attraction is home to Snooty the manatee. The museum includes exhibits about the natural and... read more

Reviewed May 16, 2016
Coral Springs, 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.
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good28%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“oldest living” (33 reviews)
“an aquarium” (26 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
201 10th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205-8635
+1 941-746-4131
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Reviewed May 16, 2016

Our family visit to the Bishop Planatarium was thoroughly enjoyed by all, ages 12 thru 82! I hate highly recommend it.

Thank happybayer
Reviewed May 16, 2016

Attraction is home to Snooty the manatee. The museum includes exhibits about the natural and cultural history of Florida's gulf coast, also two shows at the planetarium. The museum is well maintained and the staff is knowledgeable.

Thank 387indy
Reviewed May 15, 2016

We visited the South Florida Museum yesterday morning. We got there right when it opened at 10:00. It was easy to see all the exhibits with few people in the museum right in the morning. We wandered through the natural history and Florida history sections...More

Thank MeetaP
Reviewed May 14, 2016 via mobile

Finally had chance to visit this great educational and fun attraction in downtown Bradenton. We saw two wonderful shows in the planetarium. Very comfortable seating that reclines to allow great visability of the shows. We were also entertained by Snooty, the oldest manatee in captivity...More

Thank bigbear65
Reviewed May 10, 2016 via mobile

The workers are very helpful can answer most any questions you have about the area. They have all kinds of different shows great for all ages! We spent about 2 1/2 hours to go from top to bottom and check out the gift shop!

Thank VacationGirl35
Reviewed May 8, 2016

It has a planetarium, museum and aquarium. What an awesome concept. Absolutely great learning experience.

Thank Vicky P
Reviewed May 6, 2016 via mobile

Great museum, enjoyed the excellent exhibits, learned much about the early history of Florida. The gift shop was excellent and we were able to purchase several gifts to take home to our grandkids. Enjoyed the aquarium, especially watching Snooty being fed by hand! He's certainly...More

Thank priscphil
Reviewed May 6, 2016

The founders of the Museum through their generocity were legends when I grew up in Manatee County in the 1950's. The museum itself is probably the best museum for a County the size of Manatee anywhere. It is set near the marina and historic downtown...More

Thank Traveler0013
Reviewed April 22, 2016

Good location next to the river walk, you need to catch feeding time for the manatee. Planetarium is a plus especially if you have children

1  Thank Stephen S
Reviewed April 22, 2016

Great adventure on a rainy day, family visiting from Michigan, the rain clouds came in, so what to do with active grandchildren. This was perfect, first time to see the manatees, the feeding was awesome, I really did not know much about manatees, great lesson...More

1  Thank claudiasap2016
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Are there restaurant on site?
May 16, 2017|
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Response from sher6215 | Reviewed this property |
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!
Should you have a guided tour if there is a large group?
May 16, 2017|
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Response from Jeffery1950 | Reviewed this property |
Not as far as I'm conscerned. Every exhibit is described in detail so that you can wander around visiting the varied displays at your leisure. As always a knowledgeable docent always adds those snippets of information that... More
How much are the tickets to all 3
April 11, 2016|
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Response from Mostgirlicious | Reviewed this property |
We each paid $20 (2 adults).