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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

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Did you know that manatees can hold their breath for up to 20 minutes while they rest? Or that they have a never-ending supply of teeth — called marching molars — that move forward from the back of their jaw as their old molars wear down and fall out? The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature is celebrating these fun manatee traits and more as we host special activities for Manatee Awareness Month throughout November. Manatee Awareness Month was designated by the state to help remind boaters that [...]

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. 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 course, our Pathways app is always filled with virtual tours of the Museum [...]

The At The Bishop is pleased to announce its participation in a national movement recognizing the contributions of active-duty members of the military and their families by providing a military discount. As a Blue Star Museum, we are offering free admission to the nation's active-duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. We thank all members of the military and their families for their service to our country! The free admission is available to Army, [...]

The South Florida Museum recently welcomed six new members to its Board of Trustees who bring with them key professional experiences and backgrounds that will help the Museum remain a regional leader in its field: Dr. Jennifer Bencie, County Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health in Manatee County; Dr. LeMoyne Johnson, owner of Johnson PhotoImaging; Matthew J. Lapointe, Principal, Blalock Walters, PA; Michael C. Moore, Vice President and Business Center Manager for Hancock Whitney B [...]