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Located in Bradenton, FL, The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature is a breathtaking wedding venue, meeting space and party location. A number of exclusive spaces set the scene for an unforgettable experience. Guests will be WOW'D by the astonishing spaces The Museum has to offer.
Established in 1947, this inspiring venue is a Museum of natural science and Florida history. Housed on the Gulf Coast, it displays a range of intriguing items unique to the area. This includes fossils, prehistoric artifacts, and so much more. With a number of different venue spaces The Museum offers a glimpse of true Florida beauty.
Our Spanish Courtyard space allows guests to be transported to Spain in the 1900's. This intimate setting is ideal for celebrations big and small. Add a little ambience to your event with our ever present café lighting lending to a romantic and elegant night filled with love. Columns and a lighted fountain add a touch of class and sophistication. There is space to host up to 225 guests in an extravagant affair. One unique feature of The Spanish Courtyard is that The Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat houses majestic manatees who with the help of our Animal Care Team , get released back into the ocean once they are healed and may be present for your special event. The Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat glass walls allow it to be viewable from The Jeanie Kirkpatrick Boardroom, designed for smaller gatherings (up to 60 guests seated) and can serve as a getting ready suite, conveniently located off The Spanish Courtyard.
Soon-to-be-weds can put a unique out of this world spin as The Planetarium Lobby sets the scene for upscale cocktail hours. An open floor plan gives guests plenty of space to wander around and socialize. The Planetarium itself is a great venue for proposals, ceremonies or a display a pre-programed show or personal slideshow for guests during cocktail hour. The happy couple can impress loved ones with the wonders of the night sky.
Need a larger space for a bigger event? The Riverside Plaza sits adjacent to the Manatee River and offers a large, paved, area for your ceremony, reception, and even a band and dancefloor and can house up to 400 guests. This sexy, modern space is for the couples who love to add a special design touch to their day. Adjacent to this space, The West Garden is great for mingling during cocktail hour, with lush grass and greenery spaces. With designated areas designed to house food or bar trucks leave your guests' bellies full and create a memorable experience. Capability to add bistro lighting has been installed to enhance the night sky with some extra twinkle. Additional indoor space allows guest access to our private powder rooms and allows a great cool-off zone for guests.
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Firstly, the venue itself is absolutely stunning. The Bishop Museum's courtyard is a true oasis in the heart of Bradenton, with lush greenery, beautiful flowers, and a tranquil fountain providing the perfect backdrop for our ceremony and reception. Our guests were blown away by the natural beauty of the space, and we couldn't have asked for a more picturesque setting for our special day. Once the sun set, the twinkle lets kept the magic going. I cannot say enough positive things about this space -- it is stunning!
Our guests also loved that we had cocktail hour in front of the manatee tank. Many guests were not from Florida and had never seen a manatee before. It was such a fun and memorable detail that we couldn't get anywhere else!
On the day of our wedding, everything ran like clockwork thanks to the professionalism and organization of the Bishop Museum team. It was also great to be right downtown, because it was so close to many hotels for guests and walkable to local bars to keep the party going after the wedding!
Overall, I cannot recommend the Bishop Museum enough as a wedding venue. From the stunning setting to the exceptional staff, everything about our experience was top-notch. If you're looking for a unique and unforgettable location for your special day, look no further than the Bishop Museum.
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Adam is a transplant from the beautiful state of Michigan, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and went on to obtain a Master of Arts in Education specializing in Post-Secondary Leadership and Special Education from Michigan State University. Utilizing these degrees, he entered the Early Education Field where he was both teaching and directing. While directing, Adam discovered a talent in making community connections and helping businesses push into new spaces to attract and retain new client bases. Using these new strengths, he sought a change to grow this passion and found The Bishop. Now his focus is connecting this beautiful museum with couples have their dream wedding day, helping them navigate the details and providing guidance along the way.
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