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

The Planetarium

The Planetarium

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All-New System Offers Brighter, Sharper Images in Our Digital Full-Dome Planetarium Theater

The Planetarium at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature is the premier astronomy facility on Florida’s west coast — and our new state-of-the-art projection system and software is 1½ times brighter than our previous system and has four times the contrast.

The full-dome Planetarium’s Digistar 6 dual projection system and latest-generation software provide stunning views and allow for constant updating as new astronomy discoveries are found. The new system also allows The Bishop to share live on-air events as they happen. The combination of our new system and the size of our dome enables us to recreate a dark sky natural environment.

The Planetarium is a remarkable astronomy education resource, allowing you to explore the universe through immersive virtual journeys to the far reaches of the cosmos. In The Planetarium, you can lift off from Earth and fly beyond our solar system, out of our galaxy and to the very edge of the universe. You can even see how a black hole affects the objects around it — including how it bends light in surprising ways.

Entrance to The Planetarium at The Bishop is included with the price of admission.