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!
April 6 – July 14, 2019
National Geographic Photo Ark
Special Exhibition is a Powerful Testament to the Planet’s Biodiversity
On April 6, we’ll open a showcase of more than 50 of world-renowned National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore’s most compelling images. These stunningly beautiful animal portraits, taken as part of Sartore’s multi-decade quest to draw attention to the plight of the world’s animal species and inspire their conservation through the National Geographic Photo Ark, are intimate and moving — designed to serve as an important record of each animal’s existence and a powerful testament to the importance of saving them.
Sartore’s work has taken him to zoos and sanctuaries all over the world to capture images of animals — work that has led to extraordinary portraits that have captured the imagination of people around the world. His works have even been projected on the Empire State Building and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
On the second floor of The Bishop, behind the Riverine and Pine Uplands Galleries, the Rincon Gallery features small exhibits 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!
Florida Feathers: Birds in Peril
May 2 – August 25, 2019
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.
Photographer Grant Jefferies, who grew up in Palmetto and enjoyed a successful career at the Bradenton Herald, is dedicating his time in retirement to heightening our appreciation for nature. Florida Feathers: Birds in Peril focuses on some of the most precious jewels that our paradise has to offer: passionately pink roseate spoonbills, fierce ospreys and eagles, majestic herons and skittering shorebirds.
As these Florida favorites struggle to survive loss of habitat and find themselves listed as threatened and endangered species, Jefferies brings them to life through the beauty of his images.