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South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium
Ranked #2 of 77 things to do in Bradenton
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed May 5, 2012

Interesting little museum in the downtown bradenton area. Worth the visit.

Thank floridaboy22
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Reviewed April 25, 2012

The planetarium and manatee exhibits are great, and it provides a wonderful time line of evolution for kids. The staff is helpful and nice.

Thank Maryellen F
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

Snooty is the main attraction here, but the Planetarium and Historical museums are just as good, you just can not feed or pet them and get a smile back for your efforts.

Thank Jeffrey C
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Reviewed April 18, 2012

We arrived at South Florida Museum with our Long Time Friends and all purchased a pass. We were really thrilled with Snooty's performance and the other two manatees in the aquarium and came back a second time. It was very informative and interesting. I had no previous knowledge of manatees except for one that I had sponsored in the 1980s. Very uplifting -- and a real eye opener.

Thank Christine T
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Reviewed April 15, 2012

All of the family enjoyed the exhibits and meeting Snooty the manatee. We loved the star show at the planetarium.

Thank Ilse K
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