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

Museum From Home

Museum From Home

Welcome to Museum From Home, The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature’s dedicated space for keeping connected with you remotely! Whether you find yourself needing to homeschool your kids or to keep yourself entertained — or both — you can still turn to The Bishop.

You’ll find videos about the Museum, about our exhibitions, animals, and even the people who work here! We’ll be adding to this page as we develop new content to share so please keep coming back for more!

The Bishop’s Programs — Online or In-person!

Now that The Bishop has reopened, we’re offering a mix of online and in-person programming. See below for details!

Join Us for Mars Month!

Here on Earth, Mars is growing ever closer to us as it nears opposition (on the opposite side of the sun from the Earth) on Oct. 13, presenting the best opportunity for viewing the planet in nearly two decades — an event ripe for celebration. And The Bishop is doing just that for “Mars Month,” a series of special Mars-centric online and in-person programs throughout September and October.

Saturdays: Tales Under the Tree Online

Gather the kiddos and settle in for a story to spark their curiosity about science and nature! Join us at 3pm on Facebook for this story time. Bishop staff choose a book focused on science and nature and read to you from their own homes.

KidSpace: 10:30am Online

During KidSpace, kids can become scientific masters of the universe as we help them travel to distant galaxies and learn about our universe! KidSpace is designed for grades 1-5, but everyone is welcome! This free Zoom-based program includes opportunities for kids to interact with the host.

  • When: 10:30am on Zoom
  • Cost: Free

Stelliferous: 7pm Online

Our next Stelliferous program comes to you live on Zoom. Join us at 7pm talk about where our stars, planets and constellations are headed in our night skies.

  • Cost: $3 for members of the Discovery Society; $5 for all others

September 23 Registration

October 28 Registration

think + drink / science: 7pm Online

During think + drink / science, the day’s expert begins the evening with a presentation then we’ll open the floor for discussion. This Zoom-based program will include opportunities for Q&A.

October 14: “An Introduction for Florida Geology,” with Guy “Harley” Means, Florida Geological Survey

Join us on Zoom as we host Harley Means, of the Florida Geological Survey, as he introduces us to Florida’s Geology during a virtual think+drink / science. Florida is not generally thought of as a place where geologic wonders can be found.  There are no mountains, canyons, volcanoes, or glaciers, but Florida does have some unique geology that is equally interesting.  Join us and learn about some of Florida’s unique geologic features and the processes that shaped them.

  • When: 7pm Wednesday, October 14 on Zoom
  • Cost: $3 for members of the Discovery Society; $5 for all others

October 14 Registration

IQuest: 4pm In-Person

IQuest is a monthly program for smart, curious middle school students in grades 6 through 8. While each IQuest is different, you can always expect challenging projects and games that inspire out-of-the-box solutions to real world problems.

Due to limitations on attendance and staffing, attendees must pre-register before 11am on the day of the program. We are adhering to social distancing measures during all activities and the class size is limited to 10 children.  Masks are required for all staff and students, and all students will be temperature-screened upon arrival.

  •  4-8 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month.
  • Admission is $8. Kids only — this is a drop-off program!
  • Paid reservations required; includes a slice of pizza and a drink.

October 10 Registration for “Mission to Mars”

When will we go to Mars? What would it be like to live there? Kids will explore the challenges and imagine the future of this next great adventure for humankind!

Learning Resources

The Bishop is here to support and inspire while we learn together at home. Our learning resources will bring WOW moments to you!

Take a Pathways Tour Anytime

Although you can’t experience the Museum objects in person while we’re temporarily closed, our Pathways guide still provides compelling connections for the chronically curious with customized graphics, video, audio and more. Simply go to your app store and search for “Bishop Pathways” to download and explore today!

Take Our Newest Tour: Insects Investigated

Learn more about insects and the roles they play in our daily lives in our newest Pathways tour in this special digital experience paired with our special exhibition Small Wonders: Insects in Focus.

Your Video Connection

You can still connect with The Bishop even while we’re temporarily closed! Weekdays at noon, we post a new video on our Facebook page, and at 3pm on Saturdays we post a video of a virtual story time on Facebook with Tales Under the Tree. Enjoy some of these videos we’ve posted here or watch them on our YouTube channel!

Manatee Minutes of Zen

Manatee Moment of Zen 1

Manatee Moment of Zen 2

Manatee Moment of Zen 3

Manatee Moment of Zen 4

Manatee Moment of Zen 5

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Manatee Moment of Zen 7

Manatee Moment of Zen 8

Manatee Moment of Zen 9

Manatee Moment of Zen 10

Manatee Moment of Zen 11

Manatee Moment of Zen 12

Manatee Moment of Zen 13

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Manatee Moment of Zen 17

Manatee Moment of Zen 18

Manatee Moment of Zen 19

Manatee Moment of Zen 20

Manatee Moment of Zen 21

Zen With Chicks

Meet the Manatees

Meet the Manatees, Episode 1

Meet the Manatees, Episode 2

Meet the Manatees, Episode 3

Meet the Manatees, Episode 4

Meet the Manatees, Episode 5

Meet the Manatees, Episode 6

Meet the Manatees, Episode 7

Meet the Manatees, Episode 8

Manatee Care

Science Experiments

Vinegar & Baking Soda, Part 1

Vinegar & Baking Soda, Part 2

Will it Flush?

In My Backyard

Microphotography with Scott

Pine Island Sound with Kevin & Nadine

Scott’s Marshy Backyard


Backyard Butterflies

Howard’s Chicks

Tiffany and Sultana

Howard’s Backyard

Our Garden 

Star Talks

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

Episode 5

Episode 6

Episode 7

Episode 8

Episode 9

Episode 10

Episode 11

Episode 12

Episode 13

Episode 14

Episode 15

Episode 16

Episode 17

Episode 18

Episode 19

Episode 20

Museum From Home

Bee Amazed!

No Shoes, No Chert, No Problem!

Meet the Turtles

We See Seashells

Garden Variety Nature

Florida’s Fantastic Fossils

Tales Under the Tree

“Here We Are,”
by Oliver Jeffers

“At Home with the Gopher Tortoise,”
by Madeleine Dunphy

“Bone by Bone,”
by Sara Levine

“Rosie Revere, Engineer,”
by Andrea Beaty

“We Build Our Homes,”
by Laura Knowles

“Earth, My First 4.54 Billion Years,”
by Stacy McAnulty

“Professor Astro Cat’s Space Rockets,”
by Dr. Dominic Walliman

“The Salamander Room,”
by Anne Mazer

“If A Dolphin Were A Fish,”
by Loran Wlodarski

“Fur and Feathers,”
by Janet Halfmann

“What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?”
by Robin Page and Steve Jenkins

“Where Should Turtle Be?”
by Susan Ring

“I Like Myself,”
by Karen Beaumont

“The Night at the Museum,”
by Milan Trenc

by Jannell Cannon

“Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes,”
by Nicola Davies

“Diary of a Worm,”
by Doreen Cronin

“No-Song the Indri,”
by Allison Jolly

“Follow the Moon Home,”
by Philippe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson

“A Day in the Deep,”
by Kevin Kurtz

“Henry the Manatee,”
by Claire Lawrence

Support The Bishop

We may not be able to stand shoulder to shoulder in a literal sense, but we are in this together and will get through this together. Your support will help us inspire future learners of all ages and, frankly, help us weather this current crisis, too. We rely on revenue from admissions to support Museum operations and have no way to compensate for that while the Museum is closed. Thank you for thinking of The Bishop during this challenging time.