Museum opening hours: 10am to 5pm Tuesday through Saturday | Noon to 5pm on Sunday | Closed on Monday | Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day

201 10th St. W

Bradenton, FL 34205

Education Programs at The Bishop

Education Programs at The Bishop

Is your school or group interested in discovering more about the science and natural history of Florida? Bring them to The Bishop, where we share stories of place, life, interactions, and change over time using exhibits and objects from our collections. Get ready for some “aha” moments!

At The Bishop, we’re proud to offer a variety of tours and other educational experiences. Learn more about each option below.

Field Trips to The Bishop

We are currently offering a modified version of our traditional field trip, which allows access to our extraordinary exhibits while prioritizing safety. This includes:

  • Offering field trips on Mondays and Tuesdays while the Museum is closed to the public;
  • Limiting field trip bookings per day;
  • Lowering our program group sizes;
  • Limiting the number of attendees at Planetarium shows to allow for proper social distancing;
  • Modifying hands-on activities to limit sharing of supplies;
  • Adjusting programming to allow for proper social distancing;
  • Requiring that all staff and guests over the age of 2 wear a facial covering;
  • Disinfecting the Museum frequently and thoroughly.

Read more below about our field trip offerings catered to various grade levels. Click “Plan and book a Field Trip at The Bishop” for more information.

Early Learning Guided Tour – Pre-K to 3rd Grade

This guided two-hour experience includes the Mosaic Backyard Universe, an immersive exhibition designed for young explorers. Our Educators bring science and nature to life as your students explore The Bishop’s most popular exhibitions, visit the Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat, and/or view a full-dome show in The Planetarium. Programming is aligned to the Florida State Standards. To learn more about tours for your grade level, choose a link below:

4th Grade Core Tour

This two-hour program includes a star talk in The Planetarium, guided exploration of Museum exhibitions, and a special conservation presentation in the Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat. From the Earth to the moon, all aspects of this unique program align with the Florida State Standards.

Guided Highlight Tour – Pre-K to 12th Grade

This two-hour program includes a guided tour of The Bishop’s most popular exhibitions, a manatee presentation, and one Planetarium show. The exhibitions highlighted and the information given can be modified to fit the age of your students. Highlight tours do not include the Mosaic Backyard Universe.

NEW! Virtual Field Trips

New for Fall 2020, The Bishop is offering access to our exhibitions via virtual field trips. Uncover your favorite science topics from the comfort of your own classroom! Educators can select from an array of topics to customize their virtual experience.

Classroom Outreach Programs

Maybe you can’t make it to the Museum, or maybe you want to extend your students’ learning with a pre- or post-field trip program. Our Classroom Outreach Programs are a great way to bring the Museum’s resources directly to your classroom.

Science Camps

Is your child 7 to 11 years old? For something fun and educational, check out our Science Camps at The Bishop. Your curious adventurer can enjoy discovering various science and nature topics through games, experiments, crafts, and more.

Homeschool Courses

The Bishop offers an enrichment program for students who are homeschooled. This program is a series taught throughout the school year and builds upon previous lessons. The homeschool program is based on a three-year content cycle and is structured to touch on major benchmarks in state and national science standards. The three-year cycle rotates through Physical Science, Earth & Space Science, and Life & Environmental Science.

2021 is focused on Live & Environmental Science. Classes run from October 2021 through May 2022.


IQuest is a monthly program for smart and curious students in rising 6th grade through 8th grade. While each IQuest is different, you can always expect challenging projects and games that inspire out-of-the-box solutions to real-world problems. IQuest takes place from 4-8pm on the second Saturday of most months.

Adult Tours

Would you like to bring a group to visit The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature? Educator-guided tours bring The Bishop’s collections to life and provide an opportunity to look deeper into Florida’s natural history. Tours can be geared towards your educational goals or interests.