The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature

201 10th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34205 - United States





Smithsonian Affiliate Museum

The largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida's Gulf Coast, The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature is home to fascinating natural history exhibitions, an all-digital state-of-the-art Planetarium, the Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat, and the Mosaic Backyard Universe, which is geared especially for young families. The Bishop offers engaging exhibitions as well as educational programs that interpret the scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world, and our universe. In addition to permanent exhibits, the Museum features a constantly changing lineup of programs and temporary exhibitions -- offering something new to discover with each visit!


Myakka River: A Florida Treasure
February 7, 2020 — September 6, 2020
Sponsored by Elizabeth Moore

Ultra-white sand beaches and magnificent sunsets have long defined our region, but just nine miles east of I-75 you’ll find an environment just as alluring, exotic and primal at the Myakka River State Park.

For more than 20 years, Clyde Butcher has explored the deeper regions of Myakka and spent seasons experiencing its changes and its diverse ecosystems. Designated as a Florida Wild and Scenic River, the tannic waters flow through bottomland swamp and freshwater marsh spilling into lakes and sinkholes. Alligators, turtles and cottonmouths swim in the river. Herons, cranes and limpkins strut through its shallows, feeding in the muck. In the rainy season, the river rises and floods. In the dry months, the river shrinks and wildlife once again lines the banks of the Myakka River.

Planetarium shows
"Perfect Little Planet," 25 minutes (great for young kids and families)
"This Month's Skies," 40-minute live presentation
"Passport to the Universe," 20 minutes (great for young kids and families)
"Tour of the Universe," 40-minute live presentation
"Dark Universe," 25 minutes
"Journey to the Starts," 25 minutes (great for young kids and families)

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