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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:

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:

  • January 6: The 5 Senses and Beyond
    Edwin Hubble said that we explore the world with our five senses and call the adventure “science.” Discover the ways in which our senses help humans and other living things survive, thrive and share the experiences of life.
  • February 3: Riding the Waves
    Can you stay afloat? In honor of the 2018 Bradenton Area River Regatta, stop by and check out the science of water, waves and watercraft.
  • March 3: The South Florida Museum is pleased to host the 4th Annual Manatee Elementary STEM Competition
    On display – student and class projects in Earth and Environmental Science, Life Science, Physical Science and Engineering. Join us to support the scientists of the future and celebrate their work!

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 on the first and third Saturday morning of each month, 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:

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:

  • January 13: Spy Stories
    Are the powers of deduction in your DNA? Solving the mystery, cracking the code, or keeping the secret often means using science, math and more. Will you be a better spy or spy catcher?
    Click here for tickets!
  • February 10: Secrets of the Stars
    No, we’re not going to Hollywood! Instead, we’re looking up. Get ready to map the celestial sphere and experience the stories of the universe -as told by the stars that twinkle overhead.
    Click here for tickets!
  • March 10: Project Upcycle
    Can you build it better, faster, stronger, greener? In this IQuest, you’ll check out how things we use every day are made. Then, use your creativity and engineering savvy to reimagine them using materials that might otherwise become trash.
    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:

  • January 10: Archaeology of the Florida Gulf Coast
    Go beyond the galleries with Dr. Uzi Baram, Professor of Anthropology, New College of Florida. Reflecting his wide-ranging interests in archaeology, anthropology, history, culture and travel, Dr. Baram will share his research experience in our region, exploring the ongoing connection between the past and the present.
    Click here for tickets!
  • February 14: Fall in Love with Florida Sawfish
    Tonya Wiley, President of Havenworth Coastal Conservation, has been conducting conservation biology studies of sawfish since 2001, including research on the endangered Smalltooth Sawfish in Florida. She is an appointed member of the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Smalltooth Sawfish Recovery Implementation Team and was a lead researcher with Mote Marine Laboratory’s Center for Shark Research. Join Tonya for the fascinating facts plus the latest updates and strategies to understand and protect this iconic and fascinating fish.
    Click here for tickets!
  • March 14: Sarasota Bay Blue Carbon
    A Connecticut native who grew up along the Long Island Sound, Darcy Young has worked with the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program since 2015. After earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology, she moved to Washington, DC to study carbon cycling in forests before relocating to Florida. Sarasota Bay’s coastal parks support wildlife, education, and recreation, all while capturing carbon from the atmosphere and cleaning polluted waters. Come and learn about what makes coastal plants so special and how people are working to restore them.
    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: