Veterans and Active Duty Military Members Admitted to The Bishop for Free in November

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Veterans and Active Duty Military Members Admitted to The Bishop

for Free in November

In recognition of the service and sacrifices they’ve made, U.S. veterans receive free admission to The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature throughout the month of November. It’s our way of recognizing Veterans Day and thanking all those who have served our country.

To receive free admission, veterans should mention their service when they arrive at the admissions desk.

The Bishop also offers free admission to all active-duty members of the military with proper ID all year long.

(Please note: These offers are good for general admission but do not include special events or programs.)

Check Out Our Special Exhibition:

Giants, Dragons & Unicorns: The World of Mythic Creatures

Stories of mythical beings have been with us for thousands of years. Our current special exhibition — Giants, Dragons & Unicorns: The World of Mythic Creatures — traces the natural and cultural roots of some of the world’s most enduring mythic creatures.

This family-friendly exhibition, organized by the American Museum of Natural History in New York (, features a stunning vibrant sculpture of the African water spirit Mami Wata (shown above); a replica “Feejee mermaid,” 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. (Full exhibition details.)

Visiting this special exhibition, which is open through Jan. 5, 2020, is included in the price of admission.

November Programs at The Bishop
IQuest: “Food, Glorious Food!”

4-8 p.m., Nov. 9

IQuest is a monthly drop-off 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. Kids only!

“Food, Glorious Food”: Thanksgiving is coming up, so this is the perfect month to investigate the science of food, food chemistry and food preparation during the most delicious IQuest program of the year!

Admission is $5. Paid reservations required; includes a slice of pizza and a drink.

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KidSpace — Now Included in the Price of Admission!

10:30 a.m. Nov. 9 & 23

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 place humans have never been: the Sun, new planets and places beyond our galaxy.

KidSpace is designed for grades 1-5 and their grown-ups, but everyone is welcome! KidSpace is now included in the price of admission to The Bishop.

No Tickets Needed

Lunch & Learn: Understanding Sustainable Seafood

12:15 p.m. Nov. 13

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.

On Nov. 13, Museum Educator Christine Michael will lead the program “An Ocean of Seafood: Understanding Sustainable Choices.”

$5. Reservations suggested.

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think + drink / science: Get the scoop on ‘scopes

7 p.m. Nov. 13

Our monthly think + drink / science program transforms The Planetarium into a forum of discussion where you can grab a beer, glass of wine or a soft drink and learn about science in a relaxed, informal setting. The day’s expert gives a short presentation then opens the floor for questions and discussion.

Are you confused by telescope shapes, designs and jargon? Ed McDonough of telescope maker Celestron and members of the Local Group of Deep Sky Observers will be on hand to clear it all up during think + drink / science. This evening’s discussion should teach you everything you need to know to purchase a telescope. Already have one? Get tips on how to enjoy it to the fullest!

$5 for members of the Discovery Society; $8 for all others. Paid reservations required.

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Stelliferous Guides You to the Stars

7 p.m. Nov. 27

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 our stars, planets and constellations are headed in our 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.

$5 for members of the Discovery Society; $8 for all others. Reservations required.

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As the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast, The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature (formerly the South Florida Museum) offers fun and engaging exhibitions and programs that interpret the scientific and cultural 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 — and Pathways, a custom, interactive app that offers guests specially curated tours of the Museum.

The Bishop includes an all-digital Planetarium — the only one of its kind on Florida’s Gulf Coast — and the Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat, where we help rehabilitate sick or injured manatees for their return to the wild.

Visit for hours, info and admission details or call 941-746-4131.

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday | Noon-5 p.m. Sunday | Closed Mondays, the first Saturday in November, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s days.

Adults, $19 | Seniors (65+), $17 | Students (with ID), $14 | Youths (12-17), $14 | Kids (5-11), $10 | Age 4, free (with paying adult)

Free Admission for eligible Discovery Society Members | Florida Teachers and Active Duty military (with ID)

Thanks 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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and Nature

201 10th St. West

Bradenton, FL 34205

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