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South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium

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Closed Now: 10:00 - 17:00
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Great Fl History/Planetarium/Aquarium!

So happy to have this three in one museum in our downtown literally 2 blocks from the Riverhouse... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Michele S
Bradenton, Florida
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A must see

This museum has so much history to offer. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable. The manatees... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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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 3 weeks ago via mobile

So happy to have this three in one museum in our downtown literally 2 blocks from the Riverhouse Retreat! Money well spent for a morning or afternoon of Florida history and local flavor!

Thank Michele S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum has so much history to offer. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable. The manatees are a bonus

Thank Maznblue
Reviewed 2 October 2018 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.

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Reviewed 30 September 2018

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 24 September 2018

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 19 September 2018

$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 16 September 2018

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 16 September 2018 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 5 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 27 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
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9 November 2018|
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Response from Grant F | Reviewed this property |
Parking is along the streets surrounding the museum. There is ongoing construction on a museum addition that poses a bit of a problem, but I found a parking spot very close with no problem in August.
8 December 2017|
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Response from carolwhite92 | Reviewed this property |
Yes that's the one.