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The South Florida Museum

Bradenton , FL

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Bradenton, FL US
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Katie
Wedding:
10/18/2013
4.1/5.0
We really loved having the museum as our venue. It was an amazing space. There were some changes during the year to what was allowed, but I guess that's par for the course. It wasnt anything major. In all I'm very happy we had our wedding here.
We really loved having the museum as our venue. It was an amazing space. There were some changes during the year to what Read more...
We really loved having the museum as our venue. It was an amazing space. There were some changes during the year to what was allowed, but I guess that's par for the course. It wasnt anything major. In all I'm very happy we had our wedding here. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.0/5.0
Beautiful venue. The museum staff are slow to respond and many times unresponsive. Had to go to there myself to get issues taken care of since I wasn't getting any of my calls returned.
Beautiful venue. The museum staff are slow to respond and many times unresponsive. Had to go to there myself to get issues Read more...
Beautiful venue. The museum staff are slow to respond and many times unresponsive. Had to go to there myself to get issues taken care of since I wasn't getting any of my calls returned. Read less
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Danielle
Wedding:
1/12/2013
4.5/5.0
The folks at South Florida Museum were great to work with. They answered any questions we had about venue, including set up. We did have a slight snag because our contact person left and we had a new point of contact to deal with during the planning process. I think that is to be expected when people are transitioning though. On the day of the event, the set up crew got in without a problem and everything went smoothly. They provided a staff member and a police officer for security- they were both very helpful. They even helped us break down tables!
The folks at South Florida Museum were great to work with. They answered any questions we had about venue, including set Read more...
The folks at South Florida Museum were great to work with. They answered any questions we had about venue, including set up. We did have a slight snag because our contact person left and we had a new point of contact to deal with during the planning process. I think that is to be expected when people are transitioning though. On the day of the event, the set up crew got in without a problem and everything went smoothly. They provided a staff member and a police officer for security- they were both very helpful. They even helped us break down tables! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
10/27/2012
4.6/5.0
This venue is absolutely breathtaking. We rented the Spanish Plaza and it was incredible! The stringing lights that hang above the fountain are such a gorgeous touch when the sun starts to go down. The guests enjoyed seeing Snooty in the aquarium, which also made for some great photos! The only downside was that the museum staff that was in charge of facility rentals had left her position a couple months prior to our wedding so we were barely ever able to get a staff member on the phone that could help us. We provided our own liquor and in order to do that we had to get insurance which costed about $160 and only took a few minutes. This venue is truly a hidden treasure :)
This venue is absolutely breathtaking. We rented the Spanish Plaza and it was incredible! The stringing lights that hang Read more...
This venue is absolutely breathtaking. We rented the Spanish Plaza and it was incredible! The stringing lights that hang above the fountain are such a gorgeous touch when the sun starts to go down. The guests enjoyed seeing Snooty in the aquarium, which also made for some great photos! The only downside was that the museum staff that was in charge of facility rentals had left her position a couple months prior to our wedding so we were barely ever able to get a staff member on the phone that could help us. We provided our own liquor and in order to do that we had to get insurance which costed about $160 and only took a few minutes. This venue is truly a hidden treasure :) Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.0/5.0
The South Florida Museum is a hidden gem in Downtown Bradenton. The museum complex houses a planetarium, aquarium, and natural history museum in one convenient location. We held our ceremony in the planetarium under the stars, and our guests LOVED how fun and unique it was. The reception was in the Spanish-style courtyard (you can see into the manatee tank from the reception space--super cool!), which completely exceeded our expectations in terms of how gorgeous it was. The museum doesn't have a set list of approved vendors, which means you can hire anyone you want (a major selling point for us), and the price was very reasonable. The only problem is, the museum is staffed largely by volunteers, which means no one really has the authority or know-how to help deal with unexpected issues or special requests. Also, their main focus is on the museum guests, NOT the wedding clients, so they tend not to be very accommodating. If you know this going in, and don't ask them for too much in the way of special assistance, you'll be happy. Overall, we were very satisfied with the look and atmosphere of our wedding and reception.
The South Florida Museum is a hidden gem in Downtown Bradenton. The museum complex houses a planetarium, aquarium, and Read more...
The South Florida Museum is a hidden gem in Downtown Bradenton. The museum complex houses a planetarium, aquarium, and natural history museum in one convenient location. We held our ceremony in the planetarium under the stars, and our guests LOVED how fun and unique it was. The reception was in the Spanish-style courtyard (you can see into the manatee tank from the reception space--super cool!), which completely exceeded our expectations in terms of how gorgeous it was. The museum doesn't have a set list of approved vendors, which means you can hire anyone you want (a major selling point for us), and the price was very reasonable. The only problem is, the museum is staffed largely by volunteers, which means no one really has the authority or know-how to help deal with unexpected issues or special requests. Also, their main focus is on the museum guests, NOT the wedding clients, so they tend not to be very accommodating. If you know this going in, and don't ask them for too much in the way of special assistance, you'll be happy. Overall, we were very satisfied with the look and atmosphere of our wedding and reception. Read less
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AMANDA
Wedding:
3/2/2012
5.0/5.0
My husband and I looked at several ceremony/reception sites before checking out The South Florida Museum and as soon as we saw the chapel and courtyard we knew this was the place we wanted to get married. The chapel is really nice for a small ceremony (we had 50 ppl) and then the courtyard was the perfect back drop to our reception! Everyone loved to see Snooty (he is a manatee) swimming around his tank during the night! I have gotten non-stop compliments on our ceremony and reception site from our friends and family. And compared to several other venues in the area you can't beat the price!
My husband and I looked at several ceremony/reception sites before checking out The South Florida Museum and as soon as we Read more...
My husband and I looked at several ceremony/reception sites before checking out The South Florida Museum and as soon as we saw the chapel and courtyard we knew this was the place we wanted to get married. The chapel is really nice for a small ceremony (we had 50 ppl) and then the courtyard was the perfect back drop to our reception! Everyone loved to see Snooty (he is a manatee) swimming around his tank during the night! I have gotten non-stop compliments on our ceremony and reception site from our friends and family. And compared to several other venues in the area you can't beat the price! Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
2/4/2012
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough good things about the South Florida Museum! Tara was incredible to work with. She was understanding, responsive and flexible. She only cared about making sure I didn't have to worry! I couldn't have asked for anything more with the staff at the SFM. The venue itself is beautiful and can really be transformed with very little because it has so much character. They are flexible with caterers and vendors, which makes a wedding so much easier to plan. I would highly recommend this venue to anyone looking at it!
I cannot say enough good things about the South Florida Museum! Tara was incredible to work with. She was understanding, Read more...
I cannot say enough good things about the South Florida Museum! Tara was incredible to work with. She was understanding, responsive and flexible. She only cared about making sure I didn't have to worry! I couldn't have asked for anything more with the staff at the SFM. The venue itself is beautiful and can really be transformed with very little because it has so much character. They are flexible with caterers and vendors, which makes a wedding so much easier to plan. I would highly recommend this venue to anyone looking at it! Read less
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Juliette
Wedding:
11/26/2011
4.8/5.0
The venue was beautiful! The venue was very affordable but I really wished they would have had tables and chairs which isnt something I considered at the time of booking so new brides this is something to think about-rentals are more than you realize! I would definitely still choose the museum again. Its beautiful without much decoration on your part. The staff at the museum were very helpful and open.
The venue was beautiful! The venue was very affordable but I really wished they would have had tables and chairs which Read more...
The venue was beautiful! The venue was very affordable but I really wished they would have had tables and chairs which isnt something I considered at the time of booking so new brides this is something to think about-rentals are more than you realize! I would definitely still choose the museum again. Its beautiful without much decoration on your part. The staff at the museum were very helpful and open. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.7/5.0
The Bishop Planetarium at the South Florida Museum worked out perfectly for our cocktail style reception with the ceremony in the theater. We got married under the stars without all the heat and bugs! Our guests also had the most comfortable wedding seats ever. The lobby is beautiful and very modern with nice ambience. After a few hiccups the staff was really great and made everything happen that I had asked for. It is definitely an out of the box location so if you want different this is the place to be. Thank you again. ~Mr. and Mrs. Wilkens
The Bishop Planetarium at the South Florida Museum worked out perfectly for our cocktail style reception with the ceremony Read more...
The Bishop Planetarium at the South Florida Museum worked out perfectly for our cocktail style reception with the ceremony in the theater. We got married under the stars without all the heat and bugs! Our guests also had the most comfortable wedding seats ever. The lobby is beautiful and very modern with nice ambience. After a few hiccups the staff was really great and made everything happen that I had asked for. It is definitely an out of the box location so if you want different this is the place to be. Thank you again. ~Mr. and Mrs. Wilkens Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
I absolutely loved having my wedding reception at the South Florida Museum! All of my guest loved the courtyard and the open air feel. The manatee tank was lite up and the manatees were swimming all night and our guest loved seeing the manatees up close. Tara the event coordinator there was a pleasure to work with. Everything was set-up so beautifully and the Spanish courtyard is just breathtaking. My reception was one in a million and am so happy that everyone loved it as much as I did!
I absolutely loved having my wedding reception at the South Florida Museum! All of my guest loved the courtyard and the Read more...
I absolutely loved having my wedding reception at the South Florida Museum! All of my guest loved the courtyard and the open air feel. The manatee tank was lite up and the manatees were swimming all night and our guest loved seeing the manatees up close. Tara the event coordinator there was a pleasure to work with. Everything was set-up so beautifully and the Spanish courtyard is just breathtaking. My reception was one in a million and am so happy that everyone loved it as much as I did! Read less
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jcedubois
Wedding:
10/30/2010
4.7/5.0
After looking at several other venues, I walked out into the Spanish Plaza courtyard of the South Florida Museum and I knew instantly that it was where I would get married. The coordinator is very helpful and the plaza is absolutely gorgeous at night. One of my guests said that she felt like she was in a fairy tale, and another said he felt like he was in the Mexico Pavilion at Disney's Epcot. It was magnificent.
After looking at several other venues, I walked out into the Spanish Plaza courtyard of the South Florida Museum and I Read more...
After looking at several other venues, I walked out into the Spanish Plaza courtyard of the South Florida Museum and I knew instantly that it was where I would get married. The coordinator is very helpful and the plaza is absolutely gorgeous at night. One of my guests said that she felt like she was in a fairy tale, and another said he felt like he was in the Mexico Pavilion at Disney's Epcot. It was magnificent. Read less
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Tiffany
Wedding:
10/10/2010
5.0/5.0
Having been in the wedding business before getting engaged, the South Florida Museum's courtyard was a venue I knew right off the bat I wanted. The day I got engaged, 10-14-09, we knew we wanted a 10-10-10 wedding. I called the venue to see what their pricing and I guess to see if they were available on that date, after all I had only been engaged for about a half hour! SO when I asked about the 10-10-10 date she said "believe it or not, we just had a cancellation," so I called my mom and fiance to see if we should go for it and was given the go ahead and I am so glad I did. Upon walking in the venue the day of my wedding, I burst into tears because it was gorgeous! The lighting out there, the details of the building was the perfect location, perfect backdrop and perfect secret that not a lot of people know about....which creates a unique and intimate wedding instead of your ordinary, same old same old, traditional wedding. My pictures were perfect, the video of the wedding shows how awesome the venue truly was. It was by far the best venue I have seen in all of the weddings I have been to! I have been to and worked at numerous weddings at the Crosley Mansion and the first time I saw the South Florida Museum, it reminded me of it....just better, less than half the cost of the Crosley and easier to work with!
Having been in the wedding business before getting engaged, the South Florida Museum's courtyard was a venue I knew right Read more...
Having been in the wedding business before getting engaged, the South Florida Museum's courtyard was a venue I knew right off the bat I wanted. The day I got engaged, 10-14-09, we knew we wanted a 10-10-10 wedding. I called the venue to see what their pricing and I guess to see if they were available on that date, after all I had only been engaged for about a half hour! SO when I asked about the 10-10-10 date she said "believe it or not, we just had a cancellation," so I called my mom and fiance to see if we should go for it and was given the go ahead and I am so glad I did. Upon walking in the venue the day of my wedding, I burst into tears because it was gorgeous! The lighting out there, the details of the building was the perfect location, perfect backdrop and perfect secret that not a lot of people know about....which creates a unique and intimate wedding instead of your ordinary, same old same old, traditional wedding. My pictures were perfect, the video of the wedding shows how awesome the venue truly was. It was by far the best venue I have seen in all of the weddings I have been to! I have been to and worked at numerous weddings at the Crosley Mansion and the first time I saw the South Florida Museum, it reminded me of it....just better, less than half the cost of the Crosley and easier to work with! Read less
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amandacox
Wedding:
5/22/2010
5.0/5.0
The museum is an absolutely beautiful spot to get married and / or have a reception. We got married next to the manatee tank and then had our reception in the rest of the courtyard. It was amazing, especially when the sun set because the manatee tank lights up and the twinkle lights shine! It was a little hot so I would recommend November - March. We had ours in May and it was hotter than I expected!
The museum is an absolutely beautiful spot to get married and / or have a reception. We got married next to the manatee Read more...
The museum is an absolutely beautiful spot to get married and / or have a reception. We got married next to the manatee tank and then had our reception in the rest of the courtyard. It was amazing, especially when the sun set because the manatee tank lights up and the twinkle lights shine! It was a little hot so I would recommend November - March. We had ours in May and it was hotter than I expected! Read less
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Laurie
Wedding:
5/1/2010
4.0/5.0
I had the ceremony at the beach and the reception here. Since they are a musuem; the rules are extensive and strict. My caterer took care of it - but all those rules just added unnecessary stress! It was hard to get confirmation on following the rules.
I had the ceremony at the beach and the reception here. Since they are a musuem; the rules are extensive and strict. My Read more...
I had the ceremony at the beach and the reception here. Since they are a musuem; the rules are extensive and strict. My caterer took care of it - but all those rules just added unnecessary stress! It was hard to get confirmation on following the rules. Read less
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jputhoff
Wedding:
4/18/2009
5.0/5.0
Amazing venue. My guest are still saying that its one of the most beautiful outside weddings they ever been to. My Caterer, Simply Gourmet (Outstanding), handled communication between the staff, and we had no issues at all. Plus, how many people can say they celebrated their wedding with a manatee.
Amazing venue. My guest are still saying that its one of the most beautiful outside weddings they ever been to. My Read more...
Amazing venue. My guest are still saying that its one of the most beautiful outside weddings they ever been to. My Caterer, Simply Gourmet (Outstanding), handled communication between the staff, and we had no issues at all. Plus, how many people can say they celebrated their wedding with a manatee. Read less
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adrien4765
Wedding:
2/28/2009
2.0/5.0
The South Florida Museum is absolutely beautiful and not expensive, however the staff is horrible. The level of communication is so bad that if it weren't for the fact that it was a week before my wedding that this all came about, I would have changed the venue. Everything worked out ok in the end, but with no help from the staff whatsoever.
The South Florida Museum is absolutely beautiful and not expensive, however the staff is horrible. The level of Read more...
The South Florida Museum is absolutely beautiful and not expensive, however the staff is horrible. The level of communication is so bad that if it weren't for the fact that it was a week before my wedding that this all came about, I would have changed the venue. Everything worked out ok in the end, but with no help from the staff whatsoever. Read less
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HeatherG0517
Wedding:
5/17/2008
4.8/5.0
The South Florida Museum is a beautiful down town Manatee county area in walking distance to the water. The museum has a big court yard with fountain for receptions and weddings wich also includes bathrooms and dressing areas for the wedding party's. When dusk falls the beautiful string of lights across the courtyard are illuminated and give the reception that party atmosphere. I have nothing bad to say about this venue.
The South Florida Museum is a beautiful down town Manatee county area in walking distance to the water. The museum has a Read more...
The South Florida Museum is a beautiful down town Manatee county area in walking distance to the water. The museum has a big court yard with fountain for receptions and weddings wich also includes bathrooms and dressing areas for the wedding party's. When dusk falls the beautiful string of lights across the courtyard are illuminated and give the reception that party atmosphere. I have nothing bad to say about this venue. Read less
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