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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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Not to be missed, something to interest everyone

Went in particular to see the Manatees but the actual place is fantastic and something for... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Small but outstanding

A very compact space with something to interest everyone. From mammoths to manatees prepare to be... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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 good28%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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201 10th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205-8635
+1 941-746-4131
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went in particular to see the Manatees but the actual place is fantastic and something for everyone. Very interesting and well worth a visit.

Thank TheSmithsHawick
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very compact space with something to interest everyone. From mammoths to manatees prepare to be enthralled.

Thank Paul E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having visited this museum many times, this was my first planetarium experience. The man who gave the talk, while we sat comfortably in awe of the stars, was incredibly delightful, informative, open to questions, and personable. We didn't want the talk to end! Of course,...More

Thank kbofsrq
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was a nice place to get out of the heat. Well laid out and was very well done a lot of neat stuff for the kids to get hands on. The star show was good too. It was not cheap but interesting.

Thank scottsP6252EQ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went with my son, daughter in law and granddaughter. There was so much to see and the Staff was very accommodating answering all of our questions and explaining the meaning to their displays.

Thank tatar7285
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Manatee sanctuary, planetarium and historical memorabilia. The manatee exhibit and program was fascinating.

Thank djcsr49
Reviewed 7 September 2017

The hands on Discovery Room for children is fantastic. There was a scavenger hunt sheet with clipboards that our 10 year old loved. There was an interesting sheet for drawing parts of the exhibits that was great for our 6 year old. Upon arrival we...More

Thank happytraveler552
Reviewed 29 August 2017

We have been coming here for over 20+ years and just love it!! Staff is great! Clean and Easy to get around and ADA :) So sad, about Snooty dying. That has us not going back anytime, soon.

Thank cynsrq
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

Just went with my family (preschooler and kindergartener) and we were all entertained. I admit I have been very pleased with the planetarium class that is held every Saturday morning at 10.15am. The class was outstanding! The teacher was very knowledgeable and made the class...More

Thank The_Roosters
Reviewed 27 August 2017

it was a very interesting visit, a great place to learn about Florida's history. And of course the manatees.

Thank hana m
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16 May 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!
16 May 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
12 April 2016|
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Response from Mostgirlicious | Reviewed this property |
We each paid $20 (2 adults).