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South Florida History Museum

Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on November 11, 2015

Located in downtown Bradenton, Florida, the South Florida History Museum offers two levels of exhibits. Short on time, we bypassed the Bishop Planetarium which is included in the admission price ($19 adults, $17 seniors). Our first stop was the Parker Manatee Aquarium, where a guide demonstrated the qualities of several manatees under their care. These huge, intelligent creatures were impressive. They prefer warm water and can be sensitive to cold temperatures, pollution, and boats that get in their path.

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From here, we moved on to dioramas and displays of native habitats, shell collections, and pine uplands with a pioneer cabin.

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There’s a Spanish house with a chapel that has a lovely stained glass window.

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My favorite was the Medical Gallery with an ancient operating room, dental suite, torturous looking instruments, and an apothecary shop.

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You could easily spend a couple of hours here or more. It was an unexpected bonus of our trip to the west coast, and I’m glad we could enjoy this attraction. Note there’s a gift shop but no café on premises.

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6 Responses to “South Florida History Museum”

  1. Such wonderful photos, Nancy. I’d love to visit these places. I went to the wonderful aquarium in Tampa a few years ago.

  2. magnoliahillway said

    Looks fascinating! West Coast FL has some wonderful historic places to go!

  3. went to florida and went to sea World…loved it… was hysterical…. the manatee tanks… some foreign guys were standing there when a bunch of bubbles came up and they started gagging yelling
    ” He Go Putt Putt.” holding their noses….we about died… it stunk but the reaction to the manatees farting had stayed with me all these years!

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