Plan Your Visit
In an abundance of caution and in the best interest of our visitors and staff, Manatee Village Historical Park will only be open by appointment. Please make sure to sign up every individual regardless of age. Please read our guidelines and adhere to recommendations.
Click Here to schedule a visit for August!
More dates coming soon.
What We're Doing:
Only 25 visitors are allowed at our museum at specific times to allow space for social distancing. Masks are strongly encouraged. We will be taking temperatures with a forehead scanner. We will clean museum grounds in between each time slot. Hand sanitizers and hand-washing stations will be available. Restrooms and drinking fountains will be available. Drinking fountains will only be used for refilling containers and must not be used to drink water directly.
What to Expect:
When you arrive, you will pull into our parking lot as usual and our staff members will be nearby. We will check you in, take your temperature, and you may start your self-led tour if it is time. If you are early, you must wait inside your vehicle. Hand sanitizing before entry is strongly encouraged. During your self-tour, you may use our paper brochures or use an app (listed below) which would require your own device's mobile data. WiFi will not be available. We ask that visitors wear appropriate face coverings, practice social distancing, good hygiene and hand cleaning, respect other visitors, respect staff, and respect our museum. Please do not tamper with anything in our collections (such as touching, moving, or climbing historical structures and artifacts). You must leave when your time is up. Please be aware of the weather and bring a water bottle to stay hydrated. Air conditioning will not be available and some areas will be closed. The Wiggins Store, Gift Shop, Playground, and the 1850 Manatee Burying Ground cemetery will be closed. However, there will be places to sit and rest. Restrooms are located near the back side of the 1887 Church. We know it's not quite the same, but we are excited to see you and thank you for visiting!
Download a digital tour before your visit:
Apps available include the "Florida Stories" app
(from Manatee Libraries and the Florida Humanities Council) at http://uqr.to/FloridaStories
and "The Clio" app
(a nonprofit that features several historical sites) at https://theclio.com/tour/1402
Days & Hours
**Due to COVID-19, the following days and hours have changed. Please see above**
Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm
2nd & 4th Saturdays, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Closed for the whole month of September 2020, Holidays and their corresponding weekends
We might be open at other times for Special Events
Upcoming Saturday openings:
March 3 - closing early at 3:00pm
April 10 (Good Friday)
April 11 (Easter weekend)
May 23-25 (Memorial Day weekend)
July 3 (Independence Day weekend)
September 1-30 (whole month)
Admission is FREE! Donations welcome.
Certain special events might require an admission fee or advance ticket purchase.
Manatee Village Historical Park is primarily accessible for differently-abled individuals. Due to the historic nature of some of our buildings, visitors may be offered an alternative experience. Call or e-mail for more information.
We are located at 1404 Manatee Avenue East (SR 64), Bradenton, Fl 34208.
Just look for “Old Cabbage Head”, our 1913 Baldwin Locomotive, welcoming visitors to the museum from State Road 64!
In the interest of preserving our historic structures and artifacts for future generations:
Please no smoking anywhere on the museum campus.
Please use caution on uneven walkways.
Please keep your dog on a leash and do not take them inside the buildings.
Please clean up after your dog.
Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.
Please do not climb on the train engine. Use the stairs to enter the cab.
Visitors must wear shoes and appropriate clothing at all times.
Do you have manatees?
No, our name comes from the Village of Manatee, which did take its name from the marine mammal. The nearest place to visit manatees is at the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature.
Is there a café on site?
No, we sell candies, crackers, bottled waters, and sodas in our Whistle Stop Gift Shop. Visit Walk Bradenton for information on places to eat nearby.
What do you have for children at this museum?
We are not a hands-on museum but we do have plenty of activities for our young visitors to enjoy. Stay tuned for more kids' activities!
The Junior Junction play area is a train-themed playground for youth 2-12 years old.
Pick up a copy of the Historical Artifacts Scavenger Hunt and Junior Cow Hunt in the Wiggins Store. Young visitors can search for items or artifacts listed and they can redeem it in the Whistle Stop Gift Shop for a special memento!
“Hands On History Spots” are areas where young visitors can dress up in period clothes, play a cattle brand matching game, ride a stick pony, or learn through interactive pieces in museum exhibits.
Phone: (941) 749-7165
E-mail addresses are public records under Florida law and are not exempt from public-records requirements. If you do not want your e-mail address to be subject to being released pursuant to a public-records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact by phone at the phone numbers above, or contact us in writing, via the United States Postal Service, at this address- Manatee County Historical Commission 1404 Manatee Ave. E, Bradenton, Fl 34208.