Museum opening hours: Out of an abundance of caution, The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature has decided to close temporarily.

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Author: Nadine Slimak

On Thursday, March 19, animal care staff from The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature returned Collie the manatee to the wild. Partners with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium helped with Collie’s transport and release. Collie, who had been living at The Bishop’s Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat since her arrival in December 2019, was originally rescued from the Gordon River near Naples in Collier County in June 2019. The sub-adult female manatee had been struck by a boat. Collie received initi [...]

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature is temporarily closed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The health of our guests, staff and volunteers is our first priority, and we will continue to rely on guidance from public officials about when to reopen. In addition, we have canceled Museum programming until the end of March. We'll make sure you still have plenty of opportunities for discovery! Watch our Facebook page for fascinating artifacts, exhibitions and stories from The Bishop. And of c [...]

SOLD OUT! On Jan. 14, The Bishop invites you to explore soil’s central role in sustaining humanity during a private, VIP, sneak-peek screening of Kiss the Ground, a feature-length film narrated by Woody Harrelson that looks at the impact of soil. What: Sneak-peek screening of “Kiss the Ground” and Q&A with Co-Directors Josh and Rebecca Tickell, sponsored by Grace and Elizabeth Moore When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14 Cost: $5 for members of The Bishop’s Discovery Society; $8 for all others. Wine, [...]

Two new manatees — Viva and Collie — arrived at The Bishop’s Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat on Dec. 10 to receive pre-release conditioning before they return to the wild. "Today we received two female manatees from ZooTampa," said The Bishop’s Director of Animal Care, Virginia Edmonds. "It's been a busy rescue season and we are fulfilling our role as a second stage rehabilitation facility for manatees. Accepting manatees like Viva and Collie along with two we received earlier this year fr [...]

On Tuesday, Oct. 1, The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature’s new North Education Center and its cornerstone permanent exhibition, the Mosaic Backyard Universe, opened to the public for the first time — bringing a new world of fun, interactive exploration to the region’s young learners and the young-at-heart, who feel the joy of discovery in lifelong learning. Community leaders, families and Museum staff gathered to cut the ribbon on this major expansion and the first official Backyard visitors [...]

Two new manatees — Felicia and Doscal — arrived at The Bishop’s Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat on Sept. 25 to gain weight and receive pre-release conditioning before their return to the wild. The manatees are expected to remain at The Bishop until winter 2021. The move from SeaWorld went off without a hitch, said The Bishop’s Director of Animal Care, Virginia Edmonds. “They seem very calm in the habitat and started eating right away — a good sign. We’ll be performing daily observations to [...]

Family-friendly special exhibition examines science and legend Stories of mythical beings have been with us for thousands of years. Giants, Dragons & Unicorns: The World of Mythic Creatures — The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature'snewest special exhibition — traces the natural and cultural roots of some of the world’s most enduring mythic creatures. Opening Sept. 21, the family-friendly Giants, Dragons & Unicorns: The World of Mythic Creatures features unique cultural objects to highli [...]

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This month, The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature will be bidding a fond farewell to Slate, Obsidian and ONeil as we temporarily close The Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat to the public so that we can complete upgrades that cannot be done while we have animals in our care. The Habitat will be closed starting on Aug. 21. The manatees will be moving to other rehabilitation facilities to continue their care in advance of their return to the wild. The work on The Habitat includes buffing the [...]

“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win...” With those words, spoken by President John F. Kennedy during his famous speech at Rice University in 1962, the President urged America to strive for progress, for [...]

Sponsored by Mosaic, FREE Summer Learning Day for Sarasota, Manatee students focuses on fighting summer learning loss The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature will help highlight local summer learning opportunities during a FREE Summer Learning Day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 29. The event, which is one of more than 300 Summer Learning Day activities serving more than 300,000 youth nationwide, includes FREE admission for Manatee and Sarasota County students in grades K–8 along with one [...]