Spineless Wonders

Rising From the Deep

September 21, 2019 — June 28, 2020

Spineless Wonders

Rising From the Deep

September 21, 2019 — June 28, 2020

Free from the constraints of having a spine and growing in a weightless world unbound by the forces of gravity, marine invertebrates have evolved over millions of years into a vast array of spectacular forms and shapes.

Now Closed

September 21 — June 28, 2020

Museum Hours

Open Every Day
9 am – 5 pm


All Ages


J.M. Long Gallery


Adults: $24.95
Seniors (65+): $21.95
Youth (4–17): $16.95
Children (3 and under): Free
Children age 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Three-lined Nudibranch
Flabellina trilineata
© Susan Middleton

In the exhibition Spineless Wonders: Rising From the Deep, visitors will explore stunning images by acclaimed nature photographer Susan Middleton—who specializes in the portraiture of rare and endangered species—and encounter an array of marine invertebrates from the Museum’s collections, rarely seen on view with such clarity. Get up close and personal with these tiny and curious spineless wonders that are usually hidden below the ocean’s surface.

Then dive deeper and be introduced to these extraordinary creatures through a presentation of the cutting-edge research being done by Bishop Museum and its collaborators in the ocean’s mysterious mesophotic coral ecosystems (also known as the “Twilight Zone”). Spineless Wonders will tell stories of scientists who have plumbed the depths to explore the unknown and how Bishop Museum has served as a home base for these explorers.

Lion’s Mane Jelly
Cyanea capillata
© Susan Middleton
Opalescent Nudibranch
Hermissenda crassicornis
© Susan Middleton

This exhibition is generously supported by the John Chin Young Foundation.

Top image:
© Susan Middleton