Museum opening hours: 10am to 5pm Tuesday-Saturday | Noon-5pm Sunday | Closed Monday

201 10th St. W

Bradenton, FL 34205

Things to Do

Things to Do

Lunch & Learn

Sure, you could take lunch at your desk or have a sandwich at home. But why not feed your brain as well as your belly? Each Wednesday from 12:15 – 1 pm we’ll feature a talk by our staff focusing on a different aspect of the world or things going on in the Museum. Bring a bag lunch or stop by a downtown restaurant and get it to go!

  • Tickets: $3
  • Tickets can be purchased at the front desk upon arrival or purchase tickets online using the links below.

Programs and Online Tickets:

  • July 19: “Florida History: A Journey Through Time” with Rob Moran, Museum Educator
    Click here for tickets!
  • July 26: “Chilled or Just Chillin’? When to Make the Call for a Manatee in Distress” with Tara Whitcomb, Manatee Care Specialist
    Click here for tickets!

Family Night at the Museum

On the first Saturday of most months the Museum stays open late for an evening of family fun! Every month there is a different theme with hands-on activities and special films or performances beginning at 3 pm. You can also enjoy an additional manatee presentation, specially scheduled Planetarium shows, and the Rock Hall of Fame show at 7:15 pm (unless otherwise noted).

After 3 pm during Family Nights, Museum admission is reduced (reservations are not required):

  • Adults- $9
  • Seniors (65+) – $8
  • Children(4-12) – $7
  • Members and children 3 & under are always free

Programs:

  • August 5: Stormy Weather
    Rain, Rain, Go Away? No way! Rain is our best friend! Explore the science of weather and natural disasters and how Earth’s processes both sustain and startle us. Movie screening: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
  • September 2: Take Flight!
    How do airplanes stay up? What about birds and butterflies? Discover the real-life physics behind the magic of flight, and how the experience of flight has changed our perspective forever.

KidSpace

KidSpace is a program for kids who want to explore everything there is to know about space and become Masters of the Universe. From 10:15 – 11 am each Saturday morning, we’ll unleash the awesome power of the Bishop Planetarium, taking off from Earth’s surface and flying to places no human has gone before:  the Sun, the planets, other moons of our solar system, newly discovered solar systems in our galaxy and beyond. KidSpace is designed for kids in elementary school (grades 1-5), and their grown-ups.

KidSpace details:

  • Cost: Museum Members – $3, Non-members – $5
  • Tickets: Can be purchased at the front desk upon arrival or purchase tickets online using the links below.
  • 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).

Museum admission is not included with your KidSpace ticket price. Museum Members are always free for daily admission. Non-members who would like to stay and enjoy the Museum can pay the discounted KidSpace price of $3 in addition to your Museum admission price.

Programs and Online Tickets:

During the summer KidSpace program series, learn about the rest of the space “stuff” that makes up our solar system while we discuss “The Solar System Zoo: Dwarf Planets, Cubewanos, Asteroids, Plutinos, TNOs, Trojans and Centaurs!”

IQuest

IQuest is a monthly program for middle school students in grades 6-8. While each IQuest is different, you can always expect challenging projects and games that inspire out-of-the-box solutions to real world problems. IQuest takes place on the second Saturday of most months from 4-8 pm. 

IQuest details:

  • Cost: $5 – Kids Only! Paid reservations required
  • Refreshments: Admission includes slice of pizza and a drink
  • Tickets: Paid reservations required; please purchase tickets online using the links below or call 941-746-4131, ext. 113.

Programs and Online Tickets:

  • August 12: Meteorology 101: What’s the Forecast?
    Become a weather scientist as you explore the mysteries of Earth’s weather. The forces of nature are formidable, but IQuest students will be prepared!
    Click here for tickets!
  • September 9: Cleared for Takeoff
    Can you speak pilot? How are flying machines engineered? What does it really mean when they say “light turbulence?” Keep your eyes on the sky when you discover the science of flight – no passport required!
    Click here for tickets!

think + drink (science)

On the second Wednesday of each month from 7 to 9 pm, we transform the Bishop Planetarium into a forum for discussions at think + drink (science), a place where you can grab a beer or a glass of wine (or a soft drink) and learn about cutting-edge science in a relaxed, informal setting. Typically our “expert du jour” gives a short presentation on the topic of the month, and then opens the floor for questions and discussion.

think + drink (science) details:

  • Cost: Museum Members – $3, Non-members – $5
  • Refreshments: Beer, wine, soft drinks and snack available for purchase.
  • Tickets: Paid reservations required; please purchase tickets online using the links below 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:

  • July 12: Frogs of Madagascar – A Conservation Journey
    Ever dream of working in a biodiversity hotspot? Join Devin Edmonds, Conservation Program Manager at the Lemur Conservation Foundation, as he shares his lifelong fascination with frogs and toads. Then follow him through his six-year journey in Andasibe, Madagascar, helping a small community group establish the country’s first conservation breeding station for endangered amphibians.
    Click here for tickets!
  • August 9: Are You Weather Ready? Preparing for Extreme Weather, Water, and Climate Events
    With storm season underway, we’ll be a step ahead with Incident Meteorologist Rick Davis. Join us as he shares experience and insights from his nearly 20 years with the National Weather Service, partnering with communities as they respond to the many challenges weather can bring.
    Click here for tickets!
  • September 13: Archaeology of the Florida Gulf Coast
    Go beyond the galleries with Dr. Uzi Baram, Professor of Anthropology, New College of Florida. Reflecting on his wide-ranging interests in archaeology, anthropology, history, culture and travel, Dr. Baram will share his research experiences in our region, exploring the ongoing connection between the past and the present.
    Click here for tickets!

Stelliferous Live

Join us for our monthly live star talk, Stelliferous Live with our planetarians Jeff Rodgers and Howard Hochhalter. Stelliferous Live takes place on the fourth Wednesday of the month* at 7 pm in the Bishop Planetarium. We’ll take a tour of the upcoming month’s stars, planets and constellations, talk about current events in astronomy, and open the floor for an always-fun question and answer session. Stelliferous Live is great for curious adults and inquisitive kids alike. Come prepared with your curiosity and your questions and expect to leave a bit smarter about your universe.

Stelliferous Live details:

  • Cost: Museum Members – $3, Non-members – $5
  • Refreshments: Beer, wine, soft drinks and snack available for purchase.
  • Tickets: Paid reservations required; please purchase tickets online using the links below 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: