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South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium

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Address: 201 10th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205-8635
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+1 941-746-4131
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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As the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida's Gulf Coast,...

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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Great place with an even better staff

This is an excellent place to bring the family, as there is stuff for all ages to see and enjoy. Snooty the manatee is a must see on your visit here, he is truly one of a kind... read more

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Brandon, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is an excellent place to bring the family, as there is stuff for all ages to see and enjoy. Snooty the manatee is a must see on your visit here, he is truly one of a kind. This place is also serves as a second stage rehabilitation for manatees and it is great to see these animals that are... More 

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Gilford, NH
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Snooty was not worth the visit. Some nice natural history artifacts as well as Florida prehistoric info.

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Monongahela
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a way to spend a rain day, along with everyone else! But there was no problem with getting around. Nice afternoon watching the manatees up close! The feeding time was fun and listening to the presentation. The show planetarium was interesting worth the money for a nice afternoon!

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Thank Roseann M
Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Really good planetarium show and informative displays about historical Florida for adults and children alike. Visiting Snootie, the 68 year manatee is fun especially at feeding time when he eats heads of lettuce!! A one or two hour visit is great for a family. We have also been there for evening events which were well planned and set up in... More 

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St. John
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is just such a great place to spend the afternoon. Be sure to be there when snooty is being fed, Everyone there is knowledgeable and friendly

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Peterborough, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a bit of a thrill to "meet" Snooty the manatee...such a sweet and peaceful creature. The planetarium shows were excellent and the fellow who narrated and answered our questions was knoweledable and passionate.

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Sun City Center, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

many things to see and do for both adults and children. many artifacts from Florida going back hundreds of years. great planetarium show. see "Snooty", the world's oldest known manatee swimming in his tank. (68 years old).

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Thank ninetyninevette
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not a super larger museum, but tons of things to entertain kids and adults alike. Even have line manatees! Planetarium was VERY educational and my young daughters loved it! Staff even answered her specific school question by realigning overhead picture to REALLY show her Well worth the time!

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Thank Erich R
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed a leisurely visit at this small museum. Very low key, quiet and relaxing atmosphere. Snooty's show was very informative about the manatee. What a cool animal! In the same area was a nice young man standing next to a hexagon shaped open tank. He pulled out crabs, mussels, and sea urchins, explaining different things about them and answering... More 

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Live Oak, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A terrific history of Florida plus a chance to see the oldest living mammal in captivity...Snooty the manatee. He is 69 years old. the planetarium is awesome with wonderful shows and music.

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