10am—5pm Tuesday—Saturday | Noon—5pm Sunday | Closed Monday (except Holidays) | Masks must be worn indoors when COVID-19 Community Levels are high. Please use the widget below to see the current Manatee County Community Level before visiting

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature Reopening FAQs

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature Reopening FAQs

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature FAQs

The Bishop COVID-19 Response

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the COVID-19 requirements for staff and visitors at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature have reflected the most up-to-date scientific guidance available. From the onset, wearing masks, social distancing, and practicing good hygiene have been consistently identified as the best ways to prevent community spread of the virus.

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) introduced a new tool, COVID-19 Community Levels, to help communities decide what prevention methods are most appropriate for their populations. While social distancing and good hygiene continue to be best practice, the CDC now states that is not always necessary to wear masks depending on the current Community Level. Community Levels are based on two variables: the number of hospital beds available locally and the number of COVID related hospital admissions.

  • When the level is low, the CDC does not recommend wearing masks.
  • When the level is medium, the CDC recommends that those who are at a high risk for severe illness wear masks.
  • When the level is high, the CDC recommends that everyone wear a mask when indoors in public.

At all levels, the CDC notes that anyone may choose to wear a mask at any time for any reason and that people with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask. Additionally, everyone should continue to stay up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccines, and be tested if they have symptoms.

Community Levels are updated each Thursday on the CDC website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/science/community-levels.html), and The Bishop will update our mask policy accordingly. We will do our best to share any updated mask requirements on our website and social media as soon as this information becomes available.

What is The Bishop doing to keep guests and staff as safe as possible?

  • 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.
  • We’re providing hand sanitizer stations throughout the Museum.
  • Online reservations are strongly encouraged.

What are your hours?

  • 10am to 5pm, Tuesday through Saturday
  • Noon to 5pm on Sunday
  • Closed on Monday

Is there a maximum group size?

  • No.

What are your prices?

  • Adults: $25
  • Seniors: $23
  • College Students (with college ID): $19
  • Child 5-17: $16
  • Ages 0-4: Free with a paying adult.

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Do you have touchless entry?

  • We are encouraging visitors to purchase tickets online before visiting the Museum. Those without online access may call ahead to 941-746-4131 to purchase tickets.

What about restrooms and water fountains?

  • Restroom facilities are available and staff clean and disinfect them frequently. 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?

  • Yes! The natural history museum, The Planetarium, the Mosaic Backyard Universe, the Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat and our special exhibitions are all open.

Does The Bishop have any in-person programming?

  • Yes! The Bishop has many special events and programs. Please visit our events listings to see what’s coming up!