The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature Reopening FAQs
What is The Bishop doing to keep guests and staff as safe as possible?
- The Museum is following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- We have enhanced cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces, including hand railings and restrooms.
- We have installed a glass barrier between guests and staff at admission stations, at the cashier station in the Museum store and at the information desk in the Great Hall.
- Per CDC guidelines, staff members are required to wear masks and in the spirit of partnership for all of us to be as safe as possible, Museum guests over the age of 2 are also required to wear masks.
- In addition to wearing masks, guests are also required to maintain social distancing between groups.
- Guests follow a one-way route through the Museum and we’ve marked 6-foot intervals on the floor to help encourage social distancing.
- We’re providing hand sanitizer stations throughout the Museum.
- We are limiting capacity to encourage social distancing.
- We have a timed entry system, so online reservations are strongly encouraged.
What are your hours?
- 10am to 4pm, Wednesday through Saturday with entry times at 10-11am, 11am-noon, noon-1pm, 1-2pm, and 2-3pm (Last entry at 3 pm.)
- 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
Is there a maximum group size?
Yes. We are limiting groups to a maximum of 10 people.
Since members of the Museum’s Discovery Society get in free, do they need tickets?
Yes. While Discovery Society members are always admitted free to The Bishop, the need to limit our capacity means that members will now be required to reserve tickets in advance. Make your reservation now.
What about restrooms and water fountains?
Restroom facilities are available and staff clean and disinfect them frequently. Guests are encouraged to maintain social distancing as they use the facilities. We have installed new bubblers that allow guests to refill water bottles, but water fountains will not be available. Guests must bring their own bottles.
Can I visit all areas of the Museum?
The natural history museum, The Planetarium, the Mosaic Backyard Universe and the special exhibition Badlands to Bradenton: Lessons from the Field featuring fossils discovered in Nebraska by area teachers, are open during this phase. The Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat is temporarily closed for planned renovations. We expect to reopen it in late spring.
Will you have presentations in the Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat?
The Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat is temporarily closed as we make planned upgrades. We expect to reopen it in late spring. Until then, during your visit you can watch a video exploring how we care for rehabilitating manatees to prepare them to go back to the wild.
Will The Bishop have any in-person programming?
Yes! The Bishop will host Summer Science Camps with limited class size June 7 through July 23. (Learn more about our new camp guidelines.)
In addition, our Science Sprouts and IQuest programs are taking place in- person at the Museum with limited group sizes, masks and social distancing required for staff and guests, and other precautions.
Other programs — KidSpace, Stelliferous and think + drink / science — are not taking place in-person. Instead, for now we continue to host them on Zoom. These programs include opportunities for Q&A and interaction with the presenters. (Visit our Events listings to see what’s coming up.)
In addition, we continue to offer our weekly children’s story time, Tales Under the Tree, on Facebook at 3pm every other Saturday.