|Join us for new Bishop After Dark and Yoga programs, along with some of our biggest fan favorites in March
|Whether your interest is manatees, learning about astronomy, finding a new backyard to play in or joining us after dark, The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature has you covered. Don’t miss all that we have to offer in March!
Please note that masks are required for all indoor programs.
|Bishop After Dark: “Mystery at the Museum”
|The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature isn’t just for daytime playtime and learning — adults can join us after dark for some after-hours fun, too!
Bishop After Dark is a new monthly program inviting guests to enjoy evenings at The Bishop. Held every fourth Thursday of the month, BAD is anything but as the Museum features special guests and multi-disciplinary experiences including live entertainment, art and music demonstrations, dancing, trivia, and more!
Join us on March 24 for “Mystery at the Museum” — a night of high fashion and mystery with a museum-themed dinner-show heist where guests become detectives to find the thief who stole a precious diamond on the very night of its unveiling!
In this Murder Mystery Co. production of “Now You See It…” guests will have an opportunity to get in on the crime of the century as they seek clues to the identity of the burglar in order to restore the “Stomach of the Ocean” diamond! Dress in your fanciest threads and help get this unveiling back on track! With dinner by Blue Water Catering.
When/Where: 6-9 p.m. Thursday, March 24, in the Museum CourtyardCost: $75 (includes two-entrée buffet meal and dessert, plus one drink ticket); Table purchase, $500 (for up to eight people; includes dinners and two bottles of wine)Cash beer and wine barMust be 21 or olderRegistration
|Yoga at The Bishop
Join us at The Bishop on the first, third & fourth Sundays for Manatee Yoga. Adults can enjoy tranquil views of the manatees being cared for in the Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat while engaging in yoga poses focused on balance, flexibility and strength. Guests will need to bring their own yoga mats and masks are required. Proceeds support manatee rehabilitation so we can help them return to the wild! Group size is limited to 15 participants and advance registration is required.
When/Where: 10-11 a.m. on the first, third and fourth Sundays of the monthUpcoming dates: March 6, 20 & 27Cost: $15 for members of the Discovery Society; $20 for all othersRegistration
|Family Yoga in the Mosaic Backyard Universe
Join us in the best backyard in Bradenton — the Mosaic Backyard Universe — for Family Yoga on the second Sunday of every month. We’ll meet under the Mighty Oak for a fun, playful class focused on yoga that will get your little people active and stretching. Additional free play activities will be available to keep the children entertained during class.
Family Yoga is for adults and children ages 2-12. Class size is limited to 20 total participants and advance registration is required. Guests will need to bring in their own yoga mats and masks are required.
Family YogaWhen/Where: 10-11 a.m. on the second Sunday of the month in the Mosaic Backyard UniverseUpcoming dates: March 13Cost: Members of the Discovery Society pay $20 per adult-child pair (children ages 2-12); each additional child is $7; all others pay $25 per adult-child pair; $10 for each additional childRegistration
|think + drink / science: “Taking Care of Sarasota Bay: Current Conditions and Actions for a Healthier Future”
|Our quarterly think + drink / science program transforms The Planetarium into a forum for learning, conversation and connection with thought-provoking science and inspiring speakers. Each speaker is a subject-matter expert who gives a presentation on their area of expertise then opens the floor for questions and discussion. Enjoy conversation over drinks on the patio before and after the program.
|On March 9, we will welcome Dr. Dave Tomasko, Executive Director of the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, as we shed light on the health of our local ecosystems in celebration of our 75th Anniversary and our Year of Light theme!
In “Taking Care of Sarasota Bay: Current Conditions and Actions for a Healthier Future,” Dr. Tomasko will share the latest findings on the health of Sarasota Bay and what needs to be done to restore it to a healthier condition. He’ll also discuss the projects and programs planned to reach the goal of a healthier Sarasota Bay.
Dr. Tomasko has more than 30 years of experience in water quality assessments and developing science-based natural resource plans in the Gulf of Mexico and in international locales
When/Where: The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, with beverages on the patio in front of the Museum; presentation begins at 7pm inside The Planetarium.Cost: $15 for members of the Discovery Society; $20 for all others (registration includes one free beverage per person. Beer and wine cash bar available)Seating in The Planetarium is on a first-come, first-served basis. Masks are required inside the Museum.Registration
|IQuest: Science Explorations for Curious Kids
|IQuest is a monthly program for smart, curious students rising in grades 6-8. While each IQuest is different, kids can always expect challenging projects and games that inspire out-of-the-box solutions to real-world problems. IQuest is for kids only — this is a drop-off program that takes place at The Bishop!
During the March 12 IQuest program, “Written in Living Color,” we’ll explore how color reveals information about what’s happening in our world and beyond, from cuttlefish communication to stars millions of light years away.
When/Where: 4-8 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at The BishopCost: $8; includes pizza and a drinkRegistration
Masks are required and students will be temperature screened.
|Stelliferous: A Special Guest Lecture
|Join us on the fourth Wednesday of the month when the universe takes center stage during a live evening focused on the stars, night skies, latest news in the world of astronomy and more!
Some Stelliferous programs include discussion of where our stars, planets and constellations are headed; others include topical astronomy lectures about ongoing research. Both types of programs offer plenty of opportunity for Q&A!Masks are required for staff and guests.
In March, we’re featuring Astrophysicist Dr. Jamie Tayar, Assistant Professor of Astronomy at the University of Florida. She’ll discuss how she uses spectroscopy and asteroseismology to better understand stars, inside and out!
Born in Broward County, Tayar studied at the California Institute of Technology, The Ohio State University, and worked at the University of Hawai’i before coming back to Florida. Her research focuses on stars, how they grow, how they change, and what that tells us about the physics going on inside them. She uses that physics to understand things about stars, the planets that orbit them, and the evolution of our own and other galaxies.
When/Where: 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, in The PlanetariumCost: $5 for members of the Discovery Society; $8 for all othersRegistration
|TriceraTots in Dino Don’s DinoVenture
|Are your kids tickled by Tyrannosaurus or delighted around Deinonychus? Join us in Dino Don’s DinoVenture experience! During this program, we ask the dinosaurs to keep their voices down, so they’ll be quieter while you join in hands-on activities in the Triceratops garden outside the Mosaic Backyard Universe.
All ages are welcome — from TriceraTots to TriceraPops! — no reservations are required and the program is included in the price of DinoVenture admission! (Weather permitting, of course.) Don’t forget to pack a snack or bring your picnic lunch!
When/Where: 11 a.m. to noon Tuesdays-Fridays (weather permitting)Cost: Included in the price of DinoVenture admission (Members of the Discovery Society: $8 per person; all others pay $10. Children younger than 2 admitted free with paying adult.)
|As the largest natural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast, The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature (formerly South Florida Museum) offers fun and engaging exhibitions and programs that interpret the scientific knowledge of Florida, the world and our universe. In addition to permanent exhibitions, The Bishop features a constantly changing lineup of special exhibitions — offering something new to discover with each visit.
The Bishop includes an all-digital Planetarium — the only one of its kind on Florida’s Gulf Coast — the Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat, where we help rehabilitate sick or injured manatees for their return to the wild, and the Mosaic Backyard Universe, built especially for young children and their families.
Our Mission: To inspire the joy of discovery and wonder for all ages through excellence in stewardship and engagement.
Visit www.BishopScience.org for hours, info and admission details or call 941-746-4131.
|Adults 18-64: $23.95 | Seniors (65+): $21.95 | Youth (12-17) and College Students (with ID): $17.95 | Children (5-11): $14.95 | Children age 2-4: $8.95 | Children younger than age 2 admitted free with paying adult.
Free Admission for Discovery Society Members | Florida Teachers and Active Duty military (with ID) | Museums for All participants