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



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 [...]

SOLD OUT! On Jan. 14, The Bishop invites you to explore soil’s central role in sustaining humanity during a private, VIP, sneak-peek screening of Kiss the Ground, a feature-length film narrated by Woody Harrelson that looks at the impact of soil. What: Sneak-peek screening of “Kiss the Ground” and Q&A with Co-Directors Josh and Rebecca Tickell, sponsored by Grace and Elizabeth Moore When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14 Cost: $5 for members of The Bishop’s Discovery Society; $8 for all others. Wine, [...]

Two new manatees — Viva and Collie — arrived at The Bishop’s Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat on Dec. 10 to receive pre-release conditioning before they return to the wild. "Today we received two female manatees from ZooTampa," said The Bishop’s Director of Animal Care, Virginia Edmonds. "It's been a busy rescue season and we are fulfilling our role as a second stage rehabilitation facility for manatees. Accepting manatees like Viva and Collie along with two we received earlier this year fr [...]

On Tuesday, Oct. 1, The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature’s new North Education Center and its cornerstone permanent exhibition, the Mosaic Backyard Universe, opened to the public for the first time — bringing a new world of fun, interactive exploration to the region’s young learners and the young-at-heart, who feel the joy of discovery in lifelong learning. Community leaders, families and Museum staff gathered to cut the ribbon on this major expansion and the first official Backyard visitors [...]

Two new manatees — Felicia and Doscal — arrived at The Bishop’s Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat on Sept. 25 to gain weight and receive pre-release conditioning before their return to the wild. The manatees are expected to remain at The Bishop until winter 2021. The move from SeaWorld went off without a hitch, said The Bishop’s Director of Animal Care, Virginia Edmonds. “They seem very calm in the habitat and started eating right away — a good sign. We’ll be performing daily observations to [...]