Museum opening hours: 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday-Saturday | Noon to 5 pm Sunday Closed Mondays | Parking Information: Click "Visit" under the "Things To Do" tab PLEASE NOTE: The Manatee Rehabilitation Aquarium is undergoing maintenance and currently has no manatees in the habitat. Museum admission is discounted $6 per ticket at this time. We expect work to be finished by late March. Thank you and we apologize for any inconvenience.

201 10th St. W

Bradenton, FL 34205


About the South Florida Museum Largest Natural & Cultural History Museum on Florida's Gulf Coast - Includes the All-Digital Bishop Planetarium & the Parker Manatee Rehabilitation 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.

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
Special Exhibition: How People Make Things 01/27/2018 - 05/06/2018
All Day
Special Exhibition: How People Make Things
South Florida Museum

Every object we touch every day has a story behind it — the story of how it was made. Was it sculpted, molded, folded, shaped? Shifted, shined, straightened or cut? The exhibit — which will be open from Jan. 27 through May 6 and is included in the cost of admission — brings manufacturing to […]

Stelliferous Live! 03/28/2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Stelliferous Live!
South Florida Museum

  Stelliferous Live 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 open the floor […]

Family Night at the Museum 04/07/2018
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Family Night at the Museum
South Florida Museum

Family Night at the Museum On the first Saturday of most months the Museum stays open late for an evening of family fun! Every month there is a different theme with hands-on activities and special films or performances beginning at 3 pm. You can also enjoy an additional manatee presentation, specially scheduled Planetarium shows, and the Rock Hall of […]

think + drink (science) 04/11/2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
think + drink (science)
South Florida Museum

think + drink (science) On the second Wednesday of each month from 7 to 9 pm, we transform the Bishop Planetarium into a forum for discussions at think + drink (science), a place where you can grab a beer or a glass of wine (or a soft drink) and learn about cutting-edge science in a relaxed, informal setting. […]

IQuest 04/13/2018
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
South Florida Museum

IQuest is a monthly program for middle school students in grades 6-8. While each IQuest is different, you can always expect challenging projects and games that inspire out-of-the-box solutions to real world problems. IQuest takes place on the second Saturday of most months from 4-8 pm.    April 13: Spooky, Silly or Science? Special Friday Night IQuest! Join us for a […]

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