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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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Perfect Museum for Young Children and Seniors

The hands on Discovery Room for children is fantastic. There was a scavenger hunt sheet with... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bradenton, Florida
Love Me Some Snooty!!

We have been coming here for over 20+ years and just love it!! Staff is great! Clean and Easy to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Bradenton, 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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201 10th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205-8635
+1 941-746-4131
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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

Thank hana m
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is really 3 museums in one. The center portion is a museum about the area with displays of local artifacts and collections of antiques. To the left side is the Bishop Planetarium with a modern computer generated "sky" that can show anywhere and any...More

1  Thank shartli
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Experience the Planetarium, Aquarium for Manatee Rehabilitation and the spectacular Museum with amazing local Area and Florida history! Finish the day exploring the gift shop! Great for families, groups and more!!

2  Thank AimeeB180
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

You have to see the show in the Planetarium? If you were visiting this area and I've never seen Florida history this is a great place to come. Our Scouts had an awesome day. Take your time Explorer see as many shows as you can....More

1  Thank Ted S
Reviewed 9 August 2017

The planetarium is really "state of the art". It is a digital system that emerges the viewer into the surrounding sky. The shows change periodically, but each is quite informative and enjoyable. The aquarium highlights the wildlife of the southeast however Snooty the manatee who...More

1  Thank vycpc04
Reviewed 9 August 2017

This is a small but very interesting museum. It has alway been well know for our local Manatee Snooty. Sadly, 2 days after his 69th birthday this year, Snooty died from an accidental drowning. The museum still offers much to see and learn, and there...More

Thank Margaret S
Reviewed 31 July 2017

We all love Snooty who would swim uo to the platform and give us lots to laugh about while he was fed his favorite meals by his caregivers. The caregivers always told us interesting facts about Snooty and his friends that came to visit him...More

1  Thank luvginger
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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).