South Florida Museum, Bradenton

4.5
#3 of 38 in Museums in Southwest Gulf Coast
Immerse yourself in the history of the state's Gulf Coast at South Florida Museum, where the story of the shoreline comes to life through artifacts, the stars, and the water. The planetarium reveals the story of the stars, and the aquarium tells the story of the waters with living displays. The latter houses a manatee habitat with viewing windows and a manatee rescue and rehabilitation center. The building and grounds combine three attractions, so consider a rest in the Spanish Plaza--an internal courtyard--in between sites to maintain your stamina. Plan to visit South Florida Museum and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Bradenton attractions using our Bradenton vacation planner.
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  • August 12, 2017
    You have to see the show in the Planetarium? If you were visiting this area and I've never seen Florida history this is a great place to come. Our Scouts had an awesome day. Take your time Explorer se...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    The planetarium is really "state of the art". It is a digital system that emerges the viewer into the surrounding sky. The shows change periodically, but each is quite informative and enjoyable. The a...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    This is a small but very interesting museum. It has alway been well know for our local Manatee Snooty. Sadly, 2 days after his 69th birthday this year, Snooty died from an accidental drowning. The mus...  more »
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  • July 5, 2017
    Very up to date building. Very nice small town museum. Planetarium is state of the art. Well worth the money. My wife, myself and two teenagers spent 5 hours there and could have stayed longer. We all Love Snooty
  • April 29, 2017
    Very nice place! Has a amazing variety of natural and historical pieces to view. I especially enjoyed the planetarium. Very knowledgeable speakers. They also support rescued manatees that are cared for and have a great home. You can observe them while they feed them. I would visit again?
  • June 26, 2017
    The kids were more than entertained to explore the museum and hear all about the Manatees and their rehabilitation. The educator was extremely knowledgeable and so obviously passionate about her work. So very glad we were able to include this in our vacation!
  • April 30, 2017
    It was so fun. Planetarium show was intriguing, fun and mind-blowing. The manatees were so cute, fun and had interesting facts and history behind them. The fossils and meteorites were impressive. The Native American things were incredible. My favorite was the gas mask from WWI. Overall amazing experience!!
  • July 1, 2017
    Great place, lots of history and stuff to look at. Planetarium was fantastic. Loved seeing Snooty the manatee and other manatees they are helping rehabilitate to get back into the wild.

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