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South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium

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Address: 201 10th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205-8635
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+1 941-746-4131
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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As the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida's Gulf Coast,...

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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There are wonderful exhibits from dinosaurs to plants and various animals. We saw the manatee show. The planetarium film and lecture was wonderful. Though not as huge as... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There are wonderful exhibits from dinosaurs to plants and various animals. We saw the manatee show. The planetarium film and lecture was wonderful. Though not as huge as most, for the time limited tourist, it is perfect. We visited, had lunch nearby and returned. Bradenton was a side trip from Sarasota, and we found it to be a wonderful experience!

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Medway, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We have wanted to visit this museum for years and now we've finally made it. The museum's building itself is beautiful. The entry fee is extremely good value. There are so many wonderful things, covering a multitude of subjects there to enthral you. We were treated to a great presentation about Snooty in the Parker aquarium. Of particular interest to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Seemed a little pricy when deciding if we wanted to go. But turned out to be worth the cost. Many exhibits, saw "Snooty", the worlds oldest known manatee(born in 1948). And the have a planetarium with fantastic shows. Must see!

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Thank Timothy L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a pleasant surprise. This museum is packed with so much history, archeology, and a lot that it took hours to reel it all in (fish joke). The planetarium was a real bonus. The presenter there was not your typical "fall asleep" in the dark guide...he spoke with such passion and presented things in his program that I have never... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took the grandsons. Lots of history. Manatee was really fantastic. Will come back again for the planetarium.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went with my family I have 3 boys and they enjoyed it alot. The planetarium was good there as well. A good day trip for the west coast of FL.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is always a pleasurable place to visit and I always learn something from the various programs at the planetarium and the the museum that tells us a little about the history of Florida. Don't forget the viewing area where Snooty the manatee resides.

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Bradenton, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Whether you are interested in Americana, animals, space, archeology, etc. this is the place to go. The staff here are amazing and you will get a world-class planetarium show with Neil DeGrasse Tyson narrating you to the ends of the known universe. Don't miss seeing the american rhinoceros skull or the touch the cool and amazing meteorite. They also offer... More 

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moncton
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You may want to visit this museum and planetarium when the sun is out! Besides meeting a real live 69 year old manatee, you will learn the history of Florida and its people before moving over to the planetarium and sitting down in order to listen to a fascinating presentation. Planetariums are not usually the first thing on my lis... More 

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Bradenton, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to visit if looking for something other than sports or amusement parks. Plenty of parking across street in city lot. Restaurant on the waterfront nearby.

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