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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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Diverse: Planetarium & Manatee Rehab

The museum is a diverse cultural & natural history museum featuring a planetarium & stage 2 manatee... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
via mobile
Surprisingly Good & Relatively Inexpensive

Surprisingly good little museum on the Bradenton waterfront. Rescues manatees & helps prepare them... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
ralph n
Wayne, New Jersey
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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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201 10th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205-8635
201 10th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205-8635
+1 941-746-4131
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The museum is a diverse cultural & natural history museum featuring a planetarium & stage 2 manatee rehabilitation facility. Plus prehistoric skeletons & much much more!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Surprisingly good little museum on the Bradenton waterfront. Rescues manatees & helps prepare them for release back to the wild. Provides visitors of all ages with interesting insights. Encourages active Q & A. Up close experience. Other interesting exhibits. Modern planetarium with high quality &...More

Thank ralph n
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum has a lot of artifacts and history for its size. I was there when they were hosting the 50 best pictures of NatGeo.

Thank Danny D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth the price to see manatees. The rest of the museum is okay but very small compared to other museums. We spent over an hour with the manatees, asking tons of questions. The courtyard is pretty.

Thank MomBarbara
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting museum with a lot of exhibits, information. Created with love and thoroughness. Interesting and informative for children and adults. Thanks to creators and custodians

Thank tinapblum
Reviewed 1 week ago

One day trip to Bradenton with nothing planned. Decided to tour the museum and planetarium. Our planetarium guide. I believe his name was Howard, was the most informative and engaging presenter I've heard in quite some time. The planetarium is a digital planetarium, that is...More

Thank John W
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I enjoyed an afternoon here. We loved the manatee and all the educational elements of the museum.

Thank colleenkase
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum partners with Bank of America to offer free admission to B of A card holders on the first weekend of each month. What a great deal and what a gem of a museum with planetarium. It is a beautiful facility with nicely done...More

Thank Judy L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum has many dioramas of Florida flora & fauna from the past. The aquarium is just 1 giant tank with 3 manatees recovering from various incidents, plus a few household size fish tanks with local species. Conversely, the planetarium is spectacular thanks to current...More

Thank HuNu2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were first time visitors to the Star of Bethlehem event just before Christmas. We truly enjoyed the event; the seating was comfortable and it was a real treat to have a glass of wine while enjoying the show.

Thank Timeforfun0924
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