Museum opening hours: Regular Hours: 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday-Saturday | Noon to 5 pm Sunday | Closed Mondays | Please Note: We will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day.

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:

  • October 11: “We Shouldn’t Be Here – Chance Events that Gave Rise to Humans” with Ashley Girt, Pathways Program Manager
  • October 18: “Marine Relationships: It’s Not You, It’s Me” with Jeff Gipson, Aquatic Systems Specialist
  • October 25: “On Time – From Clocks to Isotopes” with Matthew Woodside, Director of Exhibitions and Chief Curator
  • November 1: “When Stars Die: Supernovae and Planetary Nebulas” with Howard Hochhalter, Planetarium Manager
  • November 8: “Florida History Continuing: The Role of Andrew Jackson” with Rob Moran, Museum Educator
  • November 15: “Chilled or Just Chillin’? When to Make the Call for a Manatee in Distress” with Tara Whitcomb, Manatee Care Specialist
  • November 22: “Nature Drawing & Journaling: Slow Down, Observe, Discover, and See” with Tiffany Birakis, Assistant Curator of Collections
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  • November 29: “The Transit of Venus – How We Measured the Earth / Sun Distance” with Howard Hochhalter, Planetarium Manager
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  • December 6: “Why is Dad Staring at that Ketchup Bottle? Tales of Everyday Chemistry from a Chemist’s Daughter” with Tish Sacks, Director of Education
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  • December 13: “Astrobiology: Studies of Life Beyond Earth” with Madelaine Verbeek, Museum Educator
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  • December 20: “The Glass Bead: A Global ‘Trade Currency’ During the Age of Discovery” with Tiffany Birakis, Assistant Curator of Collections
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  • December 27: “The Forces of Nature” with Howard Hochhalter, Planetarium Manager
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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:

  • October 7: “Compass Points– North, South, East & West”
    What’s your sense of direction? How do animals find their way without GPS? Map your way around the Museum as you explore the science of mapping and navigation.
  • November 4: No Family Night due to the 25th Annual Snooty’s Gala
  • December 2: Polar Adventures!
    Exactly where is the North Pole and who really lives there? Is the South Pole just the North Pole in reverse? Find out what life is really like at the ends of the Earth. Special Movie Screening: Arctic Tale (2007).

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:

Fall Series Theme – “Nebulas: The Nurseries and Cemeteries of Stars” (October 7 – December 30, 2017)
Take the kids on a family friendly tour of the Florida skies at night, with a focus on the different types of nebulae visible from Earth and where they are found in the sky. Some of the more famous destinations are the Sword of Orion, The Ring, The Lagoon and the Eagle among many others that we will explore. Please join us on the following dates:

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:

  • October 14: Veterinary 201
    Back by popular demand! We continue our studies of all things animal – from behavior to anatomy and physiology to environment – and extend our understanding of the creatures that share both our homes and our world.
  • November 11: 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!
  • December 9: To the Ends of the Earth
    Life at Earth’s polar regions is a challenge survived only by those who adapt. Join us to envision the worlds of the Arctic and the Antarctic – how they are similar but surprisingly different. Would you be on thin ice, or all bundled up?
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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:

  • October 11: Blacktip Sharks in Southeast Florida
    Dr. Stephen Kajiura is a Professor of Biological Sciences at Florida Atlantic University. For the past 7 years, he has been studying the annual blacktip shark migration along the US Eastern Seaboard using aerial surveys and acoustic and satellite telemetry. Learn the latest insights about these remarkable animals that gather in large numbers close to Florida shores.
  • November 8: The Shackleton Expedition
    Ernest Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-17 remains one of history’s greatest tales of survival. Join Jeff Rodgers as he
    recounts the story of the ill-fated expedition and the end of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.
  • December 13: Cassini’s Voyage Through the Solar System
    Prepare to be inspired as George Haddad discusses the Cassini Mission to Saturn, which completed its two-decade long voyage in September. Cassini has provided spectacular new views and knowledge about our Solar System. George Haddad is an Aerospace Engineer/ Project Manager at NASA’s Glenn Research Center and Kennedy Space Center. Over his 28 years of experience, he worked on the Space Shuttle Program, the Expandable Launch Vehicle Program, the International Space Station Program, the Constellation Program, and the Exploration Program.
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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: