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 (and bring their own).
- In addition to wearing masks, guests are also required to maintain social distancing between groups.
- Guests now follow a new 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 new timed entry system, so online reservations are strongly encouraged.
- Beginning June 10, seniors 65 and older can exclusively visit the Museum from 10 am to noon every Wednesday in June
What are your hours?
- 10am to 3pm, Wednesday through Saturday with entry times at 10-11am, 11am-noon, noon-1pm and 1-2pm (Guests will not be admitted after 2 p.m.)
- Noon to 5pm on Sunday with entry times at noon-1pm, 1-2pm, 2-3pm and 3-4pm
- 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 will be available and staff will 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 Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat, The Planetarium and the special exhibitions Myakka River: A Florida Treasure, featuring works from renowned landscape photographer Clyde Butcher, and Small Wonders: Insects in Focus, featuring images of insects from across the world in fine detail, are open during this phase. However, the Mosaic Backyard Universe remains temporarily closed.
Will you have presentations in the Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat?
Staff members will be stationed at the Habitat providing information about manatee conservation and rehabilitation and facilitating traffic flow throughout the day, but there will not be set times for presentations.
Will The Bishop have any in-person programming?
The Bishop will host Summer Science Camps with limited class size June 22 through July 17. (Learn more about our new camp guidelines.)
Other programs — KidSpace, Stelliferous and think + drink / science — will not take place in-person. Instead, for now we will continue to host them for free 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 will continue to offer our weekly children’s story time, Tales Under the Tree, on Facebook at 3pm on Saturdays.