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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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Interesting, Interactive, imagination adventures. It doesn't get any better. Take in a planterium... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Don't miss it.

This is a fabulous museum made even better with a spectacular planiterium with very informed staff... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tim N
Chatham, United Kingdom
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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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  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
201 10th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205-8635
+1 941-746-4131
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting, Interactive, imagination adventures. It doesn't get any better. Take in a planterium movie or talk. Walk around, explore. Awesome experience.

Thank 461suzanned
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a fabulous museum made even better with a spectacular planiterium with very informed staff. It provides local history and manatees so it provides lots of variety for both adults and children. We will visit again.

Thank Tim N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love yhis place. The planetarium is great the aquarium is small but snooty rocks the place. Love the local heritage and the people are wonderful go with your family you will have a great time. Parking is easy. Go to Obricks around the corner for...More

Thank Wes W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice one story building with good parking. Aquqarium has several manatees that they are reabilitating, check for feeding times. Small cozy museum that they recommend takes two hours to see all three. Planatarium is well done and is included. A bit pricey at $19 for...More

1  Thank richard s
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You're basically getting 3 attractions in 1: a museum, an aquarium, and a planetarium- and they're all included in the ticket price. There is such variety in the exhibits, too. History, nature, medicine, quilts, seashells and minerals, live "touch tank" with sea urchins and sea...More

Thank SJWiegand
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a great museum & planetarium. I was fascinated & took loads of photos. The history of the area & the displays were pretty lifelike(impressive) and of course Snooty the manatee & 3 rescue manatees were the stars. The docent was very informative & answered...More

2  Thank jennifer f
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is great. The planetarium programs are amazing. See Snooty, the oldest manatee in captivity, eat lettuce. Florida is taken through all prehistoric eras.

1  Thank knox78
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The initial attraction is always Snooty the Manatee, who was recently joined by three from the Sea! Then of course there is an area of Space Exploration concentration, Pottery, Ancient Medical Equipment, and the wonderful Planetarium! Great place to go. Free Admission.

1  Thank dazzlingdivineje2017
Reviewed 24 May 2017

I have visited this museum here in Bradenton many times, always bringing my grandchildren. As many times that we have been there, they are always anxious to go back. The museum exhibits about the history of Manatee County are extremely well done. Then of course...More

Thank janella22
Reviewed 24 May 2017

I love this place. I loved going on field trips there in elementary school. I loved going to laser light shows. I loved to bring all the children there. Now I can just go and stroll around for hours immersing in the Florida history.

1  Thank Deby B
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Are there restaurant on site?
17 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!
Should you have a guided tour if there is a large group?
17 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
How much are the tickets to all 3
12 April 2016|
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Response from Mostgirlicious | Reviewed this property |
We each paid $20 (2 adults).