South Florida Museum, Bradenton

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. Use our Bradenton trip itinerary planning app to arrange your visit to South Florida Museum and other attractions in Bradenton.
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  • The planetarium is by far the best section of the museum. I could have spent all day listening to the highly informed member of staff who narrates the spectacular shows which were projected onto the h...  more »
  • Eclectic mix of collection. Unfortunately, they recently loss Snooty the oldest manatee in captivity. There is still much to see here.  more »
  • This museum offers an excellent lunch and learn on Wednesdays to help us learn about marine, planetarium, and history areas. The museum itself is very large and full of excellent displays. Love watchi...  more »
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  • 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
  • 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?
  • 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!
  • 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!!
  • 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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