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South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium

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Closed Now: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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We attended the Smithsonian Museum Day at the Museum and Manatee Aquarium. It is a great display... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Knoxville, Tennessee
Great place to see Manatees

$19 admission allows you to enter the museum and the planetarium. Must see the Manatees. 3 are... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Brad L
La Habra, California
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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...more
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201 10th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205-8635
+1 941-746-4131
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Its impossible to get over the seeming negligence of Snootys death. There just isn't enough to offer here to make it worth a repeat visit. I really don't recommend it.

Thank TammyRowan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

visited the museum, it has the smallest amount of item I may have ever seen in a museum. The manatees are ok, but I prefer the Mote aquarium where you also get to see other sea life. The planetarium was interesting but not outstanding.

Thank Traveler4unme
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We attended the Smithsonian Museum Day at the Museum and Manatee Aquarium. It is a great display of history in the Manatee River area. I highly recommend both the Museum and the Manatee area.

Thank Sem60842
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

$19 admission allows you to enter the museum and the planetarium. Must see the Manatees. 3 are currently residing at the museum. Also there are numerous exhibits that pertain to the history of Florida. The planetarium offered 3 shows.Very comfortable seating. Neat items are available...More

Thank Brad L
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I came to this Museum with friends for the first time yesterday. We saw three presentations in the Planetarium lasting about 30 minutes each. I confess i know nothing about space, dark matter, stars and quantum physics but the visit was fascinating and the presenter...More

Thank bblonde52
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

From the planetarium to movies to the manatees this place has it all. Some great talks in the planetarium have revealed some secrets of the universe to us. Highly recommend this place for a day or an evening while your are in Bradenton.

Thank puffy492003
Reviewed 6 September 2018

This year we decided to "join" the museum. If you're going to visit more than a couple times in a year it's worth it. We sat through the show at the planetarium twice because the guy was so animated and interesting. I love the mixture...More

Thank PattyG12
Reviewed 28 August 2018

This museum is filled with wonderful displays of local history and also has an aquarium where injured manatees are cared for. The manatee program is very good and there is a hands on show (mostly for the kids) where small tidal creatures can be handled....More

Thank Grant F
Reviewed 27 August 2018

Visited with 6 yr and 3.5 yr old one. Think museum is a good balance of showing a litle bit of everything from woolly mammoth some dinosaurs skeleton (and why there are no Florida dinosaurs), to manatees, to a planetarium. It's a pretty good museum...More

Thank USABelgie
Reviewed 20 August 2018

The museum and planetarium are designed to get us thinking beyond our land based life forms. Both succeed by clearly providing educational information with a window into the seas and the stars. The museum's marine life is less diverse and informative than MOTE Marine Lab...More

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