South Florida Museum – located in Bradenton, wants to honor teachers and military. The combination natural and cultural history museum/planetarium/aquarium offers free admission to teachers and active duty U.S. military daily with valid identification.
Standard daily adult admission is $19. Seniors ages 65 and up pay $17 and children ages 4 – 12 pay $14. Children under age 4 are always admitted free.
The museum displays fossils of Florida’s earliest marine and mammal inhabitants and archaeological items representing paleoindian, archaic and pre-contact cultures of the Gulf coast of Florida. There are also galleries featuring local maritime history, medical history and environmental history. The Bishop Planetarium hosts films, lectures, live music and digital art performances. The Parker Manatee Aquarium is home to Snooty, the oldest known manatee in the world.
Not an educator or in the military? Another way to visit at a discount is to plan your trip on the first Saturday of most months after 4 p.m. On “Family Night” regular admission is half price for everyone and the museum is open extended hours. The next scheduled “Family Night” is on the calendar for March 7.
South Florida Museum is located at 201 10th Street W., Bradenton, about one hour south of Tampa. For more information, call (941) 746-4131.