Museum opening hours: 10am to 5pm Tuesday-Saturday | Noon-5pm Sunday | Closed Monday

201 10th St. W

Bradenton, FL 34205



About the South Florida Museum Largest Natural & Cultural History Museum on Florida's Gulf Coast Includes Bishop Planetarium & Parker Manatee Aquarium

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.

Now in its 51st 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 spectacular multimedia capabilities.

The Parker Manatee Aquarium is home to Snooty™, the oldest known manatee in the world and Manatee County's official mascot. Snooty is even certified by Guinness World Records. The Museum is also a member of the Manatee Rehabilitation and Release Partnership and has rehabilitated 30 sick or injured manatees so they could return to the wild.

Visit the South Florida Museum, Parker Manatee Aquarium, and Bishop Planetarium

Admission Rates:
Adults: $19 | Seniors (65+): $17 | Children (4-12): $14 | Under 4: Free w/ paying adult


Date/Time Event
Quilting with a Cause 07/01/2017 - 07/30/2017
All Day
Quilting with a Cause
South Florida Museum 2nd Floor Curator’s Gallery

A new exhibit at the South Florida Museum explores how quilting runs through the fabric of life in America. The exhibit showcases quilts from the South Florida Museum’s collection and features quilts that showcase a variety of styles as well as lifetime milestones.

Sportsology 07/01/2017 - 08/14/2017
All Day
South Florida Museum 1st Floor East Gallery

The same science and engineering that helps us to create new technologies scan also help us to understand how our bodies work, and how we can improve our physical prowess. In Sportsology, you’ll have the opportunity to try a number of physical activities.

Snooty's 69th Birthday Bash 07/22/2017
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Snooty's 69th Birthday Bash
South Florida Museum

Join Snooty on Saturday, July 22, 2017 from 10 am – 2 pm for this FREE outdoor event! Event Map – Coming soon! Event Schedule – Coming soon! Join us rain or shine at the South Florida Museum for Snooty’s 69th Birthday Bash & Wildlife Festival presented by Mosaic. This annual event will celebrate Snooty’s […]

Stelliferous Live 07/26/2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Stelliferous Live
Bishop Planetarium

Join us for our monthly live star talk, Stelliferous Live with our planetarians Jeff Rodgers and Howard Hochhalter. Stelliferous Live takes place on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 pm in the Bishop Planetarium. We’ll take a tour of the upcoming month’s stars, planets and constellations, talk about current events in astronomy, and […]

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