Museum opening hours: Open 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 Museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

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
IQuest: Mission to the Moon 2.0 12/08/2018
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
IQuest: Mission to the Moon 2.0
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.  IQuest details: Cost: $5 – Kids Only! Paid reservations required Refreshments: Admission includes slice of pizza and […]

Lunch & Learn: It’s Not Just Salad - A Vegan’s Guide to Becoming a Vegan or Vegetarian 12/12/2018
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
Lunch & Learn: It’s Not Just Salad - A Vegan’s Guide to Becoming a Vegan or Vegetarian
South Florida Museum

Sure, you could take lunch at your desk or have a sandwich at home. But why not feed your brain as well as your belly? On the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 12:15 – 1 pm we’ll feature a talk by our staff focusing on a different aspect of the world or […]

think + drink (science): Reinventing the Museum 12/12/2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
think + drink (science): Reinventing the Museum
South Florida Museum

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. Typically our “expert du […]

STREAM Saturdays: Exploring Rocks and Minerals 12/15/2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
STREAM Saturdays: Exploring Rocks and Minerals
South Florida Museum

On STREAM Saturdays, you’ll find hands-on, family-friendly experiments and games, crafts and stories or themed scavenger hunts at the Museum from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Go at your own pace and visit one or all the activities before enjoying the Museum for the rest of the day!     The Details: STREAM Saturdays are the 3rd […]

Star of Bethlehem 12/20/2018
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Star of Bethlehem
South Florida Museum

Back by popular demand, our Star of Bethlehem Planetarium presentation allows you to explore the question “What was the Star of Bethlehem?” Howard Hochhalter, Bishop Planetarium Manager, will lead you on this journey to Jerusalem some 2,000 years ago using the Planetarium’s ability to travel through time and space. Take a look at the skies […]

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