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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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Fun museum with lots to see and do. We miss Snooty but are happy to see younger manatees

This is one of our favorite museums to visit by ourselves or with family & friends. Rich in local... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Sheryl H
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A must..have a manatee aquarium where they rehab manatees before putting them back in the... read more

Reviewed 4 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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201 10th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205-8635
+1 941-746-4131
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of our favorite museums to visit by ourselves or with family & friends. Rich in local history, this museum adds a special appreciation for Bradenton, Sarasota, & Florida.

Thank Sheryl H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A must..have a manatee aquarium where they rehab manatees before putting them back in the gulf..Great lecture w/lots of questions asked and answered. Did you know manatees need to be put back in the area where they were removed from..so if removed from East or...More

Thank kwalsh1124
Reviewed 8 December 2017

Overall, this is a very good museum. They display live manatees, which is super cool, they have old cameras and other artifacts. And the planetarium is one of a kind. When I went there, they showed how the universe formed and the 2017 solar eclipse....More

Thank Huntaman55
Reviewed 8 December 2017

We went here because they have rescue manatee and also housed the oldest one in captivity. Sadly enough we found out that through the museums neglect he died. Apparently there was a loose gate and staff knew about it he swam through and ended up...More

Thank RBacon
Reviewed 7 December 2017

They've worked hard to get this place up to date. Nice display with moving model trains, my grandchildren love it, as does their grandad! There are als trains running during weekends & holidays but its only a short shuttle trip.

1  Thank carolwhite92
Reviewed 6 December 2017

This is a great museum in the heart of downtown Bradenton. It offers a planatarium, a manatee acquarium, a natural museum, one of the best archeological exhibits of the Manatee River area. It is a great way to spend an afternoon!

Thank U5604UBjamesg
Reviewed 6 December 2017

I was torn about writing a review of the museum. My daughter and I attended Snooty's birthday party last summer (2016) and we loved the museum. We spent a long time looking at all the exhibits and the only thing that we did not do...More

Thank stacygouldin
Reviewed 26 November 2017

Totally recommend this - a true hidden jewel - has a planetarium (which we have never been to) and would recommen this museum just for this. They are a second stage rehab facility for manatee's and it was very interesting to hear about there work....More

Thank 45bigwaa
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Fun for the whole family. Sad that snooty the manatee is gone but still a neat place to spend an afternoon.

Thank David z
Reviewed 9 November 2017

This museum and aquarium are a true gem. Beautiful display of the top 50 National Geographic photos, The story of Native Americans of south Florida told through artifacts and some amazing sea life on display.

Thank Laura B
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