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“Small, But a Good Value”

South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium
Ranked #2 of 74 things to do in Bradenton
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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 universe. In addition to permanent exhibits, the Museum features a constantly changing lineup of temporary exhibitions -- offering something new to discover with each visit. The Museum includes the all-digital Bishop Planetarium Theater and the Parker Manatee Aquarium. Celebrating its 50th anniversary year, the Bishop Planetarium is the Gulf Coast's premier astronomy education facility, outfitted with a state-of-the-art Planetarium and projection system with stunning multimedia capabilities. The Parker Manatee Aquarium is home to Snooty™, Manatee County's official mascot and the oldest known manatee in the world, as certified by Guinness World Records. Snooty shares his Aquarium pool with other manatees that have been injured or orphaned and are being rehabilitated for return to the wild as part of the Manatee Rehabilitation and Release Partnership.
Bradenton, FL
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“Small, But a Good Value”
Reviewed 4 June 2007

If you are expecting something great, this isn't it. If you are looking for a nice afternoon with the kids and a few nice things to look at, for a reasonable price. You've found the place.

They've remodeled recently, so everything looks much nicer than the last time I was there. My kids loved the "real" animals, and my youngest was even a little afraid at first! The upstairs area really didn't interest them much, but they did love the manatee area and the hands-on play area in the back.

We did watch one of the shows, and the kids (and I) absolutely loved it! This was the hilight of the day, and the kids actualyl thought they were on a ride. The show lasted about 45 minutes and my two year old even made it through without getting restless.

Well worth the price, and if you get the annual pass, it includes G-Wiz and MOSI in the cost as well as 1/2 off the Florida Aquarium. We'll have this pass every year I'm sure!

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