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South Florida Museum, Bradenton

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4.5/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web
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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  • The manatee exhibit was amazing, and Sam gave a fun and professional presentation about these incredible animals. We learned about their body structure, diet, habits, and so much more all while watchi...  read more »
  • I would have given this a 5 except for the fact that I really don't think it is suitable for young children. My husband and I went to the Museum and Planetarium today. We didn't get there until 1pm an...  read more »
  • A wonderful experience. Howard was extremely knowledgeable and did a great job of explaining the solar system and universe with examples everyone could relate to. 
  • Nice museum. We went to the planetarium and watched a very informative video about the universe. The museum itself was small but nice and informative about florida. The aquarium, home to the oldest manatee Snooty was nice and we watched the feeding and all the manatees were very cute and the guide was very informative.
  • Great planetarium show. A great way to spend a hot summer day. Exciting and educational! Nice museum. We enjoyed the exhibits very much. The aquarium was a bit of a disappointment. While we enjoyed Snooty and the manatee education it was a bit disappointing that the the aquarium lacked any real fish.
  • The museum was good. It was a mixture of a whole bunch of different items, whether it be native american artifacts or cameras from the thirties. However, the price was way too much for the museum. Nineteen dollars per person for a museum that took us an hour to go through completely was a little much. Even though you could spend a lot more time there with the manatee exhibits, and planetarium shows (which were great), it's still a bit much to ask. Our family with two teenagers spent over $75. If you're in the area, it's still worthwhile to check it out.
  • Planetarium show was amazing. The tom hanks narration was by far the best. Whoopi goldberg narration ranked 2nd to us and Jodi foster came in 3rd. Sit in the back middle for the best view:)
  • This museum is a real find in SW Florida. We took our 10 year old granddaughter and she loved it. The planetarium shows (we saw two) were excellent. We had a short tour of the museum by a very knowledgeable guide who covered the natural history of Florida and its early human and animal inhabitants. Despite the others' comments, we thought the manatee exhibit was excellent. We could view feeding from windows in the tank below water that allowed a clear view of them. Then we joined the presentation of the manatee caretaker. He was feeding Snooty, who is a permanent resident that cannot be returned to the wild because of his domestication. Snooty is 67 years old! The other two manatees are being rehabilitated for their return to the wild. Interaction with the staff at this museum makes the learning experience much more personal. Afterward we went to the end of the street for ice cream at Corwin's.
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