Museum opening hours: 10am to 5pm Tuesday through Saturday | Noon to 5pm on Sunday | Closed on Monday | Please visit our events calendar (BishopScience.org/events) for holiday closings.

Things to Do

Things to Do

KidSpace

We unleash the awesome power of astronomy during KidSpace, where kids can become scientific masters of the universe! Join us as we take off from the Earth’s surface and fly to places humans have never been: the Sun, planets, other moons in our solar system, newly discovered solar systems in our galaxy and beyond. KidSpace is designed for kids ages 7-11 and their grown-ups, though kids of all ages are welcome!

Upcoming Programs and Details

Tales Under the Tree

Gather the kiddos and settle in for a story to spark their curiosity about science and nature! Join us at The Bishop for a special story time. Tales Under the Tree features a different science or nature-themed book each month, followed by a craft, game, or fun facts related to the story. At the end of each month, a video of the book reading will also be featured on The Bishop’s Facebook page. Want to watch previous Tales Under the Tree stories? Click here!

Tales Under the Tree Details

IQuest

IQuest is a monthly program for smart, curious middle school students in grades 6 through 8. While each IQuest is different, you can always expect challenging projects and games that inspire out-of-the-box solutions to real world problems.

Due to limitations on attendance and staffing, attendees must pre-register before 11am on the Saturday the program takes place. We are adhering to social distancing measures during all activities and the class size is limited to 10 children.  Masks will be required for all staff and students, and all students will be temperature-screened upon arrival.

Upcoming Programs and Details

think + drink / science

Our monthly think + drink / scienceprogram transforms The Planetarium into a forum of discussion where you can grab a beer, glass of wine or a soft drink and learn about science in a relaxed, informal setting. The night’s expert gives a short presentation then opens the floor for questions and discussion.

think + drink / science details:

  • When: 7-9 p.m. on the second Wednesday of most months.
  • Cost: $5 for members of the Discovery Society; $8 all others
  • Refreshments: Beer, wine, soft drinks and snack available for purchase.
  • Tickets: Paid reservations required; please purchase tickets online or call 941-746-4131, ext. 113.
  • Seating: Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis; please arrive promptly. Pre-purchased program seats will be held until 5 minutes prior to program start time ONLY, at which time they may be released for re-sale (no refunds or exchanges will be given after the start of the program).

Programs and Online Tickets

Stelliferous

The stars are the stars during this live guided tour of the upcoming month’s skies with a staff astronomer, who will talk about where our stars, planets and constellations are headed in our night skies. We’ll also share the most current events in the world of astronomy and open the floor for an always-fun question and answer session. Stelliferous  is great for curious adults and inquisitive kids alike.

Upcoming Programs and Details

Talking Telescopes

Talking Telescopes is an opportunity for you to learn about setting up and using telescopes and talk with our telescope expert, Ed McDonough, about the ‘scope you already have or one you’d like to own. Ed is a Museum volunteer who has been an astronomy hobbyist since he was 10 and has spent more than 25 years as a sales representative for the telescope maker Celestron.

Upcoming Programs and Details