The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature’s New Exhibition Opening This Month: Giants, Dragons & Unicorns: The World of Mythic Creatures

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Opening This Month: Giants, Dragons & Unicorns: The World of Mythic Creatures
Stories of mythical beings have been with us for thousands of years. Giants, Dragons & Unicorns: The World of Mythic Creatures — The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature’s newest special exhibition — traces the natural and cultural roots of some of the world’s most enduring mythic creatures.

Opening Sept. 21, this family-friendly exhibition features unique cultural objects to highlight the surprising similarities and differences in the ways people around the world envision and depict mythic creatures. This new exhibition will be open through Jan. 5, 2020 and is organized by the American Museum of Natural History in New York (

Exhibition highlights include a stunning vibrant sculpture of the African water spirit Mami Wata (shown above); a replica “Feejee mermaid,” of the type made famous by showman P. T. Barnum, created by sewing the head and torso of a monkey to the tail of a fish; a “life-size” model of a European unicorn; a touchable narwhal tusk and a dramatic model of a kraken, whose tentacles appear to rise out of the floor as if surfacing from the sea.

Visiting this special exhibition is included in the price of admission.

Special Exhibition Reception Invitation

Please join us for a special reception for our newest exhibition, Giants, Dragons & Unicorns: The World of Mythic Creatures

  • When: 5:30-7pm Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019
  • Details: Light bites, with beer and wine available for purchase
  • Where: The Bishop, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton
  • Cost: Free for members of the Discovery Society; $5 for all others
  • RSVP Required: email [email protected] or call 941.216.3463
The Bishop Uncovered
For Members Only: Mosaic Backyard Universe Preview Weekend

The alligator is the first animal in the Pond in the new Mosaic Backyard Universe (MBU) — but he won’t be the last! Soon he’ll be joined by live native turtles.

Get ready — Southwest Florida’s best backyard will officially open Oct. 1!

Want to be among the first to see it? Members of the Discovery Society are invited to a special MBU preview weekend Sept. 28 and 29! The first 100 visitors each day will receive a free MBU drawstring backpack and all members of the Discovery Society will enjoy an extra 10% discount in the Museum Store.

Explore More!
Lunch & Learn

12:15-1pm Wednesday, Sept. 11

During Lunch & Learn, you bring a bag lunch and we supply plenty of food for thought! Each program features a talk by our staff or a local expert focusing on things happening in The Bishop or a different aspect of the world.

Join Museum Educator Hunter Windham as he talks about “Fossil Hunting in the Nebraska Badlands.”

think + drink / science

7pm Wednesday, Sept. 11

During “Our Native Longleaf Pine” Eric Strickland will talk about this important Florida native tree. A graduate of Auburn University, Strickland has been practicing forestry for almost 15 years and is Resource Administrator for the Myakka River District. He is in charge of overseeing management of the Myakka and Peace River state forests and Babcock Ranch Preserve.


10:30am Saturday, Sept. 14 & 28

We unleash the awesome power of The Planetarium during KidSpace, where kids can become scientific masters of the universe! Join us as we take off from the Earth’s surface and fly to places humans have never been: the Sun, planets, other moons in our solar system, newly discovered solar systems in our galaxy and beyond. KidSpace is designed for grades 1-5 and their grown-ups, but everyone is welcome!

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4-8pm Saturday, Sept. 14

IQuest is a monthly program for smart, curious middle school students in grades 6 through 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. Our next program is “Mythbusting — How Science Fiction Gets Science Wrong — and Right.”

Kids can check out some of the most famous science fiction stories, then delve deeper to distinguish myth from fact.

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Wednesday, Sept. 25

The stars are the stars during this live guided tour of the upcoming month’s skies with a staff astronomer, who will talk about where the stars, planets and constellations are headed in the night skies.

We’ll also share the most current events in the world of astronomy and open the floor for an always-fun question and answer session. Stelliferous is great for curious adults and inquisitive kids alike.

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Bonus Feature: Want to learn more about astronomy? Be sure to check out the new monthly column by Planetarium Manager Howard Hochhalter in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune!

Museum Day is a Free Day at The Bishop
As a proud Smithsonian Affiliate, The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature is pleased to once again announce our participation in Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day — a day that allows guests to visit select museums nationwide for free.

Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity. More than 250,000 people downloaded tickets for last year’s event, and Museum Day 2019 is expected to attract more museumgoers than ever before.

The event is sponsored at The Bishop by Mosaic.

Special Feature: Chloe Sweetman
Helping them Discover the Joy of Exploration

Did you know that your support of The Bishop makes it possible for children to discover the joy of exploring the natural sciences while developing essential learning skills? And that these explorations can turn into life-long pursuits?

That’s exactly what happened for Chloe Sweetman, who visited the Museum throughout her childhood. Today, she’s pursuing her Ph.D. in evolutionary anthropology and applied research at Dartmouth College and she joined The Yale Obesity, Lifestyle and Genetic Adaptations

(O.L.A.G.A.) Study Group in Samoa to research the variables that influence chronic disease in Polynesia.

Says Chloe: “I am where I am today because of the early inspiration and nurturing of my passions I found at the Museum.”

Please consider making a gift today that can impact someone like Chloe, who is creating a better future for us all!

Don’t Miss This…
Save the Date: The Bash at The Bishop

Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019

Please mark your calendar now for The Bash at The Bishop, our all-new gala that helps to support all we have to offer, including affordable and fascinating programs, new exhibitions each year and more! Sponsorship opportunities are available.

The Bash at The Bishop is presented by Willis Smith Construction.

Thanks also to our Silver sponsors — CenterState Bank, Greene Hamrick Quinlan & Schermer, P.A., and SunTrust — and to our Corporate Partners: Blake Medical Center, BMO Harris Bank, Bradenton Herald, Manatee Herald-Tribune, Mosaic, Netweave Social Networking, Northern Trust, SRQ Media, WUSF Public Media.

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