Please note: The manatee habitat is empty as we undergo renovations.

We expect to re-open the habitat and begin caring for manatees again later this Spring.

Museum opening hours: 10am to 4pm Wednesday through Saturday with entry times at 10-11am, 11am-noon, noon-1pm, 1-2pm, 2-3pm (Last entry at 3pm) | 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

201 10th St. W

Bradenton, FL 34205

Special Temporary Exhibitions

Special Temporary Exhibitions

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!

East Gallery

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 RisesDinosaur DiscoveriesNational 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: Lessons from the Field is Now Open

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: Lessons from the Field, tells the story of these summertime paleontology digs, includes interactive bonus features for smartphones and tablets, and shows how The Bishop and the Toomey Foundation have teamed up to bring discovery home to our community.

Badlands to Bradenton: Lessons from the Field is included in the price of admission and generously sponsored by the Toomey family. This special exhibition is open through June 6. 

Rincon Gallery

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!

There are currently no special exhibitions in Rincon Gallery.