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.

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How People Make Things: Open January 27 - May 6, 2018 in the Museum's East Gallery Members and the public are invited to join us for our special opening reception for How People Make Things at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26. Museum Members get in free. Non-members pay just $5.  Get reception tickets now. 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? On Jan. 27, the South Florida Mus [...]

Museum Expansion Hailed as Important for Kids, Important for Bradenton, Important for the Region On Tuesday, January 16, 2018, the South Florida Museum ushered in a new era of science education when officials broke ground for an expansion that will bring new innovative programs and spaces to the community's largest cultural attraction. "Today we are officially breaking ground on the Museum's North Education Center, a major leap forward in the Museum's evolution, positioning us to expand the reac [...]

Snooty's personality and charm gave face to the plight of wild, endangered manatees. He was also the spark that led the South Florida Museum to join the Manatee Rehabilitation Partnership in 1998 and take an active role in rehabilitating sick or injured manatees so they could be returned to the wild. Snooty died in 2017, but his legacy will continue to live on at the South Florida Museum, which is redoubling its participation in the Manatee Rehabilitation Partnership (MRP) under the leadership o [...]

During the 25th Annual Snooty's Gala, we honored the legacy of our beloved Snooty and, thanks to the continued support and generosity of our Corporate Partners, event Sponsors and attendees, all proceeds from the event's Silent Auction and Raffle benefited the Museum's Manatee Rehabilitation Program. This program has provided invaluable knowledge and insights into caring for manatees and helping them return to their natural habitats. The selection of this year's theme - "elements" - reflected th [...]

Open in the South Florida Museum’s East Gallery from September 22, 2017 – January 18, 2018 “50 Greatest Photographs” showcases many of the most compelling images published in the history of the magazine. This exhibition will transport visitors behind the lens of some of National Geographic’s most engaging images. From Steve McCurry’s unforgettable Afghan girl, to Michael “Nick” Nichols’s iconic photograph of Jane Goodall and a chimpanzee, to Thomas Abercrombie’s never-before-seen view of Mecca, [...]

After Snooty's tragic death in July, the South Florida Museum made a promise to the community to examine — with the help of outside experts — whether there were failures of physical facilities, whether there were human errors and whether appropriate policies and operating procedures were in place and followed. On Aug. 31, Museum officials thanked the community for its patience while the Board of Trustees conducted this evaluation and shared the results from the report and the details of the chan [...]

Snooty, the world's oldest-known manatee, died on July 23, 2017 at age 69. "Our initial findings indicate that Snooty's death was a heartbreaking accident and we're all devastated about his passing," said Brynne Anne Besio, the Museum's CEO. "We're reviewing what happened and will be conducting a full review of the circumstances. Snooty was such a unique animal and he had so much personality that people couldn't help but be drawn to him. As you can imagine, I -- and our staff, volunteers and boa [...]

Please join us for our 25th Annual Snooty's Gala on Saturday, November 4, 2017 presented by Bank of America - featuring the sounds of Serenade of Souls, dinner by Michael's On East and a high-end silent auction and raffle. All proceeds benefit the South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Contact Laurie Voight at 941-216-3463 or for more information or to purchase tickets.

Special Exhibition – Sportsology in the Museum’s 1st Floor East Gallery Now through August 14, 2017 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, because it’s fun. But you’ll also get to learn about the science behind how your nerves and muscles work, why stretching can improve your perfor [...]

Special Exhibition – Quilting with a Cause in the Museum’s 2nd Floor Curator’s Choice Gallery Now through July 30, 2017 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. The exhibit also explains aspects of early quilting, including how quilters used plant materials to make fabric dy [...]