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

An Evening with Clyde Butcher

An Evening with Clyde Butcher

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Date(s) - 03/05/2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

At The Bishop


Photographer Clyde Butcher’s newest special exhibition Myakka River: A Florida Treasure opened at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature Feb. 7, 2020, to popular demand and acclaim.

Now, The Bishop is inviting you to get even closer to the man behind the lens during a special evening with the world-famous photographer known as the “Ansel Adams of Florida.” On Thursday, March 5, Butcher will give a short presentation about this exhibition of 30 photographs that capture the spirit of a primal, exotic place and allow visitors to immerse themselves in the beauty, complexity and diversity of vital freshwater areas.

Then — in the style of  The Bishop’s popular monthly think + drink /science programs — Butcher will open the floor for questions from the audience.

“I have always felt that the best photographs are taken in surroundings near to your heart,” said Butcher. “I had photographed the Myakka River ecosystem before my stroke in 2017, but afterward, the Myakka became a sort of sanctuary for me. Spending time and capturing its primal beauty saved my life spirit and helped heal my body. Myakka is the place where I found inspiration, peace and healing.

“It is my hope that you, too, will find the same peace and enjoyment from this special place. My vision is to increase awareness of Myakka’s ecosystem, in hopes that it will help more people connect with and want to join us in protecting this unique and beautiful environment.”

For ticket information, please contact Susan McCarthy at 941-746-4131, ext. 113 or

Please note that Myakka River: A Florida Treasure will not be open during this evening event with Clyde Butcher.

Myakka River: A Florida Treasure is sponsored by Elizabeth Moore.