Please note: The manatee habitat is empty as we undergo renovations.

We expect to re-open the habitat and begin caring for manatees again later this Spring.

Museum opening hours: 10am to 4pm Wednesday through Saturday with entry times at 10-11am, 11am-noon, noon-1pm, 1-2pm, 2-3pm (Last entry at 3pm) | Noon to 5pm on Sunday with entry times at noon-1pm, 1-2pm, 2-3pm and 3-4pm (Last entry at 4pm) | Closed on Monday and Tuesday

201 10th St. W

Bradenton, FL 34205

Members-Only Planetarium Preview

Members-Only Planetarium Preview

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Date(s) - 02/21/2018
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

South Florida Museum


Join Us Wednesday, February 21
for an Exclusive Members-Only Planetarium Preview

Click here to RSVP

An updated image from the NEW Passport to the Universe.

On Wednesday, February 21 at 5:30 pm, the Museum will hold a special Members-Only Planetarium Preview to show our appreciation to our wonderful Member supporters. At this fun, family-friendly event, our Members will have the opportunity to experience the new Planetarium seating and be among the first to see a new version of a crowd-favorite Planetarium show! Light refreshments will be served.

The Museum will present two screenings of Passport to the Universe – a perennial audience favorite that has just been updated by the American Museum of Natural History. Featuring all new visuals utilizing the latest scientific data and space exploration information, you won’t want to miss the NEW Passport to the Universe!

Again, this event is ONLY available to Museum Members! If you are not currently a Museum Member or if your membership has expired, click here to sign up now!

Passport to the Universe – UPDATED WITH NEW VISUALS! What is our place in the cosmos? In the American Museum of Natural History’s iconic space show Passport to the Universe, this question is answered as visitors travel to the outermost regions of the observable universe to explore our “cosmic address.” In an unforgettable experience, cutting-edge science creates images of unprecedented realism and accuracy as viewers begin to understand the true enormity of our universe. A captivating explanation of fundamental cosmology, Passport to the Universe is an “evergreen” presentation-always relevant, always educationally important, always illuminating. Narrated by Tom Hanks. (19 minutes.)

Since its premiere at the Hayden Planetarium in New York, the American Museum of Natural History’s inaugural space show Passport to the Universe has been experienced by millions of people around the world – but not like this. This renowned space show has been fully modernized for today’s audience: featuring cutting-edge visualizations of the latest scientific data including updated surface maps and new exploratory space missions.

Passport to the Universe was developed by the American Museum of Natural History, New York ( in collaboration with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Major support for new version provided by California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco.