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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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Really good planetarium show and informative displays about historical Florida for adults and... read more

Reviewed 20 February 2017
Sarasota, Florida
Snooty is the best

It is just such a great place to spend the afternoon. Be sure to be there when snooty is being... read more

Reviewed 20 February 2017
St. John
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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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  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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201 10th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205-8635
+1 941-746-4131
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

Really good planetarium show and informative displays about historical Florida for adults and children alike. Visiting Snootie, the 68 year manatee is fun especially at feeding time when he eats heads of lettuce!! A one or two hour visit is great for a family. We...More

Thank boplaneaux
Reviewed 20 February 2017

It is just such a great place to spend the afternoon. Be sure to be there when snooty is being fed, Everyone there is knowledgeable and friendly

Thank monica417
Reviewed 19 February 2017

It was a bit of a thrill to "meet" Snooty the manatee...such a sweet and peaceful creature. The planetarium shows were excellent and the fellow who narrated and answered our questions was knoweledable and passionate.

Thank ggoff124
Reviewed 16 February 2017

many things to see and do for both adults and children. many artifacts from Florida going back hundreds of years. great planetarium show. see "Snooty", the world's oldest known manatee swimming in his tank. (68 years old).

Thank ninetyninevette
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Not a super larger museum, but tons of things to entertain kids and adults alike. Even have line manatees! Planetarium was VERY educational and my young daughters loved it! Staff even answered her specific school question by realigning overhead picture to REALLY show her Well...More

1  Thank Erich R
Reviewed 16 February 2017

We enjoyed a leisurely visit at this small museum. Very low key, quiet and relaxing atmosphere. Snooty's show was very informative about the manatee. What a cool animal! In the same area was a nice young man standing next to a hexagon shaped open tank....More

Thank Rhonda S
Reviewed 15 February 2017

A terrific history of Florida plus a chance to see the oldest living mammal in captivity...Snooty the manatee. He is 69 years old. the planetarium is awesome with wonderful shows and music.

Thank Jay N
Reviewed 15 February 2017

I've been to the South Florida Museum many times throughout my lifetime. From watching shows at the Planetarium, to the historical displays in the museum, to visiting with Snooty the Manatee and several special occasions for weddings and receptions of sorts. It's part of Bradentons...More

Thank dkpho2graphy
Reviewed 13 February 2017

What a pleasant surprise it was to see this beautiful planetarium, aquarium and Florida nature museum right in my backyard! It's an easy-to-navigate museum with so much to see and learn. I can't wait to go back. Lots of cool fossils and extinct animal exhibits.

Thank artzyfarzy
Reviewed 13 February 2017

There are some unique displays but overall it seems cramped. Hard to get around and signage is poor. Parking is okay but finding this place can be confusing (A Bradenton issue).

Thank madpay
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