South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium, Bradenton

Immerse yourself in the history of the state's Gulf Coast at South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium, 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 Bishop Planetarium and other attractions in Bradenton.
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  • Surprisingly good little museum on the Bradenton waterfront. Rescues manatees & helps prepare them for release back to the wild. Provides visitors of all ages with interesting insights. Encourages act...  more »
  • This museum has a lot of artifacts and history for its size. I was there when they were hosting the 50 best pictures of NatGeo.  more »
  • Well worth the price to see manatees. The rest of the museum is okay but very small compared to other museums. We spent over an hour with the manatees, asking tons of questions. The courtyard is prett...  more »
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  • Didn't get to see the museum exhibits unfortunately, but amazing wedding venue! Probably one of the most beautiful receptions I've ever been to. Amazing appetizers passed around in an open air courtyard that had string lights as the only roof and a manatee tank that we watched all night. Breathtaking, comfortable, and memorable. Even a light rain didn't dampen our spirits, though most people choose to take shelter under the roofed pavilions.
  • We frequent the SFM to attend the various planetarium shows and special events. The museum galleries are varied, and I seem to discover something new in the permanent exhibits with each visit. The aquarium offers rehabilitation space for manatees. The museum has been instrumental in promoting awareness to the public of the importance of safe boating to protect these gentle giants. The staff and volunteers are warm and welcoming. Their enthusiasm is contagious. Love visiting and supporting.
  • Planetarium show was really fun. Whoopie Goldberg narrated it. Would have liked to have spent more time in the museum section. The manatee rehab is a great thing. One of the people helping them get back to good health gave a very interesting talk and answered lots of questions. Sorry no pix of the planetarium.
  • My husband and I just moved to Bradenton from Ohio and we are in our 20's. We went to this museum and LOVE it! So informative and so cool! Not only do they have awesome exhibits of prehistoric creatures on the first floor but there is endless amounts of information you can read. There is also a great planetarium on the first floor which has very important, impactful short films that give you perspective on life. I think adults should be required to watch such informative videos. (Passport to the Universe is our favorite.) I now attend some of the lunch lectures they have on Wednesdays and plan to attend and Think and Drink evening lecture.
  • Star of Bethlehem show was outstanding! The entire family enjoyed the information and entertainment. The planetarium host was incredible. Will plan on going again for sure.

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