Special Temporary Exhibitions
The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature offers gallery spaces with a constantly changing lineup of temporary exhibitions, providing our visitors with something new to see and experience with each visit!
On the first floor, the East Gallery features engaging traveling exhibitions as well as special exhibitions created by our own Museum curators. Past exhibitions have included: A New Moon Rises, Dinosaur Discoveries, National Geographic’s “50 Greatest Photographs,” The Mysteries of the Mayan Medallion, Clyde Butcher’s Cuba, A Window to the World, and more!
Badlands to Bradenton Opening January 28
Millions of years ago, Nebraska looked like today’s Everglades. Shallow rivers and mucky floodplains supported a variety of mammals. But as Earth cooled, and Nebraska dried up, many of the mammals became extinct; their remains captured in the rock, creating the fossil-rich Badlands we know today.
Since 2011, The Bishop has partnered with the Toomey Foundation for the Natural Sciences to lead more than 90 Manatee County teachers on paleontology expeditions to the Nebraska Badlands.
During week-long trips, teachers become students again as they learn to traverse the foreign landscape and “read the rock” in their search for fossils. The fossils themselves aren’t the only takeaway; back in the classroom, teachers use their experiences to create learning opportunities that allow their students to dig into the past and bring the Badlands to Bradenton.
This special exhibition, Badlands to Bradenton, tells the story of these summertime paleontology digs, includes interactive bonus features for smartphones and tablets, and shows how The Bishop and Toomey Foundation have teamed up to bring discovery home to our community.
The Badlands to Bradenton special exhibition is generously sponsored by the Toomey family.
On the second floor of The Bishop, behind the Riverine and Pine Uplands Galleries, the Rincon Gallery features small exhibitions dedicated to adding more to our visitors’ understanding of Florida and the world around us. Past exhibitions have included: A Walk in the Park: Exploring Manatee’s Preserves Photography by Grant Jefferies, On the Rivers of Florida: Lynne Buchanan’s Photographic Meditations, Changing Waters: The Human Impact on Florida’s Aquatic Systems, and more!