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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Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, all gifts to the Connect Campaign through June 30, 2020 will be tripled, enabling us to continue to provide both a formal and informal learning landscape to the region and provide the highest quality experience for Museum visitors. To learn more about the Connect Campaign or to make a donation by phone, please contact Martha Wells, Chief Community Engagement Officer, at 941.216.3475, or


The world around us is a grand place to explore…

The vast reaches of the universe. The sweeping historical and cultural stories of humankind. The wonders and beauty of our natural environment.

At the The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, we’ve been helping you explore the world around you for generations — engaging audiences, encouraging understanding and inspiring all ages to connect to the past, present and future of the planet we all share.

We are now creating the museum of the future — a home to exciting new exhibitions, programs built on innovative technological advances and new spaces that connect us more deeply to our community. The new Museum will be a model for the museum community to follow — and exciting and innovative hub for learning and exploration and an extraordinary educational resource for the community.


The The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature holds 60,000 objects in our permanent collections, each with stories to tell that enhance people’s lives with knowledge of history…

Of culture. Of science. Of the natural world.

Right now, the Museum cannot share all of the stories the objects and animals in our collections have to tell — there’s simply not enough space or time. But what if we could? What if you could choose what stories to investigate, based on your own interests? And what if there were new spaces where you and your children could explore and develop new stories of your own?

To make this new kind of museum experience possible, we are creating new programs and new learning spaces that will provide creative interpretations, engaging storytelling and new technologies that connect you to the world as never before. These new experiences will themselves create a ripple effect of community-wide discovery and knowledge-sharing by students, teachers, visitors, volunteers and staff.


Our ambitious expansion positions The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature as a regional leader in the museum field and focuses on creating new, dynamic experiences for all of our visitors while enhancing the size, scope and beauty of our visitor spaces.

Major Campaign Components

The Mosaic Backyard Universe (MBU) opening 2019
A new early learning resource for the region, the MBU is a new wing of the Museum that provides Major Cmpaign imagekids ages 2-8 and their families with opportunities to explore and understand the world around them in a familiar setting: a typical backyard. Indoor and outdoor components will total more than 5,000 square feet. The MBU will allow investigation and interaction with the simple wonders of nature — rocks, soil, water, weather, seasons and living plants and animals. Active discovery and exploration of the connections and interactions between the earth, water, air and life will inspire curiosity, make learning fun and lay the foundation for further investigation in our Planetarium, Museum and Aquarium.

Our innovative new Pathways Program marries our physical spaces with our intellectual capital, integrating technology into the Museum experience for our guests and for students, allowing customization for themes, grade-levels and learning styles. This revolutionary program will transform the way visitors experience the Museum and provide new ways to evaluate student learning and visitor experiences.

Planetarium Technology Upgrades
State-of-the-art, world-class upgrades to the Planetarium’s hardware, software and projection systems, make it the region’s premier astronomy education facility with stunning new multimedia capabilities.

Relocation of Administration, Education and Facilities Departments
New behind-the-scenes spaces on the second floor will allow for the expansion of public exhibit areas that help enhance the visitor experience.

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