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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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Educational for all ages

Interesting and fun. Love the planatarium and the Manatee pool.great family outing. Coupons... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Bradenton, Florida
via mobile
My family loves the programs.

This is a nice place to spend a few hours. We love the programs offered, great classes for kids and... read more

Reviewed 5 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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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
201 10th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205-8635
+1 941-746-4131
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting and fun. Love the planatarium and the Manatee pool.great family outing. Coupons available for free admission

Thank Willingham2014
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a nice place to spend a few hours. We love the programs offered, great classes for kids and families and Stelliferous Live is one of our favorite night time family outings.

Thank tracybp2017
Reviewed 18 May 2017

We were blown away by the planetarium part of it, they showed movies that were so interesting. Then go see Snooty the manatee. I just couldn't believe how fascinating this place was. A definite must see.

2  Thank beejust53
Reviewed 9 May 2017

The highlight of the Museum is meeting the 69 year old manatee and watching him get fed. And the fact they have a Planetarium on site is amazing. Be sure and take the time to see several of the shows. The displays are great and...More

Thank Boisenb
Reviewed 6 May 2017

Wonderful... My 81 year old mother and a six year old child were both blown away. The lifelike exhibits and displays were amazing. The depictions of indian life versus current day were outstanding. The manatee exhibit with Snooty in her pool was amazing. I would...More

Reviewed 4 May 2017

We visited the museum in a week day when it is not busy. We had a great educational experience with our children. The aquarium and planetarium are wonderful. The teachers and educators are terrific. The front desk or admission woman appears to have severe difficulties...More

1  Thank ErnestandPat
Reviewed 2 May 2017

Really well done for a smaller museum. Very clean - very nice displays and information. Very enjoyable day.

Thank HAVG12
Reviewed 2 May 2017

I have been numerous times ans always learn something new. From Florida History to Art to the fabulous Planetarium there is always something.

Thank Martha Ellen T
Reviewed 1 May 2017

This is a small museum that usually has small numbers of attendees. It has a wide variety of interesting exhibits. Something for everyone. Planeterium has wonderful shows. Snooty the oldest Manatee in captivity is a delight to watch being hand fed. I can't say enough...More

Thank craigxt
Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

Nice local museum. Looks a bit expensive when you start out but when you can easily squeeze in at least two Planetarium presentations it begins to look cheap. Your pass is good for all day so you can go off for lunch and come back....More

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