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



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 [...]

Family-friendly special exhibition examines science and legend Stories of mythical beings have been with us for thousands of years. Giants, Dragons & Unicorns: The World of Mythic Creatures — The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature'snewest special exhibition — traces the natural and cultural roots of some of the world’s most enduring mythic creatures. Opening Sept. 21, the family-friendly Giants, Dragons & Unicorns: The World of Mythic Creatures features unique cultural objects to highli [...]

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This month, The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature will be bidding a fond farewell to Slate, Obsidian and ONeil as we temporarily close The Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat to the public so that we can complete upgrades that cannot be done while we have animals in our care. The Habitat will be closed starting on Aug. 21. The manatees will be moving to other rehabilitation facilities to continue their care in advance of their return to the wild. The work on The Habitat includes buffing the [...]

“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win...” With those words, spoken by President John F. Kennedy during his famous speech at Rice University in 1962, the President urged America to strive for progress, for [...]

Sponsored by Mosaic, FREE Summer Learning Day for Sarasota, Manatee students focuses on fighting summer learning loss The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature will help highlight local summer learning opportunities during a FREE Summer Learning Day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 29. The event, which is one of more than 300 Summer Learning Day activities serving more than 300,000 youth nationwide, includes FREE admission for Manatee and Sarasota County students in grades K–8 along with one [...]

Florida’s native birds offer a beautiful array of color and fascination. Yet for many species, survival is a delicate balance between nature’s habitat and our constant human change. The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature's newest special exhibition — Florida Feathers: Birds in Peril — highlights the plight many of Florida’s native bird species face through the breathtaking images captured by photographer Grant Jefferies. Jefferies, who grew up in Palmetto and enjoyed a successful career as a ph [...]

Did you know that The Bishop is a Blue Star Museum? Blue Star Museums offer free admission to the nation's active-duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. We thank all members of the military and their families for their service to our country! The free admission is available to Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard Active Duty and Reservists, National Guardsman (regardless of status), U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissio [...]