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The South Florida Museum

Bradenton , FL

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Bradenton, FL US

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Jillian
Wedding:
10/4/2014
4.4/5.0
Our original venue closed about a year before our wedding so we scrambled to find something better. We fell in love with the Museum. We were planning a destination wedding so pictures and communication was key.

Thank goodness my parents live within an hour from the museum so they could seek answers to our questions.

Weddings don't appear to be a priority to the museum. They're very concerned about what you aren't supposed to do rather than offering help. The good news is you are pretty much free to do whatever you want. They aren't going to offer much help as far as layouts or ideas go. Pier 22 was our caterer and they provided many more details on the place than museum staff did.

The maintenance staff is amazing and super helpful. They're around at all times and will help you with whatever you need. Talk to them all you can because they're more likely to help you than anyone else.

With that said, we were extremely happy with the venue. Our wedding was perfect and turned out better than I ever could have imagined.

I would recommend the Museum just be prepared to use your imagination and find your own vendors.
Our original venue closed about a year before our wedding so we scrambled to find something better. We fell in love with Read more...
Our original venue closed about a year before our wedding so we scrambled to find something better. We fell in love with the Museum. We were planning a destination wedding so pictures and communication was key.

Thank goodness my parents live within an hour from the museum so they could seek answers to our questions.

Weddings don't appear to be a priority to the museum. They're very concerned about what you aren't supposed to do rather than offering help. The good news is you are pretty much free to do whatever you want. They aren't going to offer much help as far as layouts or ideas go. Pier 22 was our caterer and they provided many more details on the place than museum staff did.

The maintenance staff is amazing and super helpful. They're around at all times and will help you with whatever you need. Talk to them all you can because they're more likely to help you than anyone else.

With that said, we were extremely happy with the venue. Our wedding was perfect and turned out better than I ever could have imagined.

I would recommend the Museum just be prepared to use your imagination and find your own vendors. Read less
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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:
2+ years 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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