January through April and the month of July: Open 7 days a week.
Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sundays from 12 noon to 5 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day & New Year’s Day
Parking is available in the lot North of the building between the museum and the marina.
We love visiting Snooty the Manatee and the planetarium at this South Florida landmark. The museum and planetarium were recently renovated and it sparkles with interactive exhibits, friendly staff and interesting and informative star shows. The gift shop has many tempting souvenirs. Plan a visit today...you and your children will love it!
This museum was awesome and kept my kids (14 and 11) well-entertained for hours. It's small enough so that it's not overwhelming, but big enough to have a planetarium, an aquarium, cool exhibits and even a replica of explorer Hernando De Soto's headquarters. Definitely worth the visit!
This is a really great little museum to visit. I go there atleast two times a month, and it never gets "boring". They keep up with the exhibits really well, and everything is SUPER clean. They also have the manatee tank with Snooty, which kids love. It's really a great museum to visit and even though its smaller, it's done so well that the size doesn't even make a difference.
This is a great place to bring everyone from your newborn to your toddler to your mother-in-law. I have been bringing my son here since he was crawling because it was one of the few air-conditioned places to comfortably enjoy during the hot hot Florida summer. Now he is 3 and has a little sister and we still go here once per week--he still gets excited to see the giant Mastodon cast (largest Mastodon fossil found in North America), the Saber Tooth Tiger Fossil, the Gaviolosuchus (sp?) and the megalodon jaws. Snooty is great, but there are so many great, powerful exhibits that children immediately relate to. There is a life-size diorama of a father and son hunting a giant bison using their atl-atl (ancient spear), there is a T-rex paw print your child can put his hand in--this museum is awesome--the education director used to be with the museum of Natural History in NYC--this is a top-notch museum--after 3:30 is half price and almost always, the museum is uncrowded. MUST SEE.
The museum focuses on southwest Florida’s natural and cultural history with life-size dioramas and dramatic exhibits. See fossil, bird, and shell collections, along with fullscale replicas of a sixteenth-century manor house. Other exhibits address Native
American, Spanish conquistador, and Civil War days, and include Discovery Place, a childrens’ hands-on activity center. The brightest star of the museum is Snooty the manatee, the oldest manatee born in captivity, who celebrated his fifty-fifth birthday in 2003 with two young manatee friends residing temporarily at the aquarium. Summer brings space camp and other children’s activities to the museum.