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Plan Your Visit

Our hours are:

Monday - Friday, 2nd/4th Saturdays of the month

9 AM - 4 PM

Closed on holidays and their associated weekends.

We will be closed on Monday, September 5, in observance of the holiday.

Upcoming Saturday Openings:

August 13, August 27

What We're Doing:

A limited numbers of visitors are allowed in certain areas at a time to allow space for social distancing. Masks are encouraged. Hand sanitizers will be available. Restrooms and drinking fountains are available. 

What to Expect:

When you arrive, you will pull into our parking lot from 14th St E. You may begin your self-led tour at the Wiggins Store (brick building). During your self-led tour, you may use our paper brochures (available in the Wiggins Store) 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, if desired, practice social distancing,
good hygiene and hand cleaning, respect other visitors, staff, and our museum. Please do not tamper with anything in our collections (such as touching, moving, or climbing historical
structures and artifacts).

 

Please be aware of the weather and bring a water bottle to stay hydrated. Air conditioning will not be available in most areas. We have benches for you to rest. Restrooms are located near the back of the 1887 Church. Thank you for visiting!

Download a digital tour before your visit:
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"The Clio" app

This app provides information about our buildings in one place.
"The Clio" is a nonprofit that features several historical sites.

Click HERE to start the walking tour.

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The "Florida Stories" app

This app provides local historical landmarks, including some of our buildings. Made by Manatee Libraries and Florida Humanities Council.

Click HERE to download the app.

 
 

Admission

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. Online experiences provide both text and audio options and include:

 The Clio (features our buildings in one place - click here!) and 

Florida Stories Walking Tours app (features historical structures in the area - click here!).

Call or e-mail for more information.

Location

We are located at 1404 Manatee Avenue East (SR 64), Bradenton, FL 34208.

Our main entrance is on 14th Street East. 

 
Just look for “Old Cabbage Head”, our 1913 Baldwin Locomotive, welcoming visitors to the museum from State Road 64.

 

Visitor Rules

In the interest of preserving our historic structures and artifacts for future generations:

  1. No smoking anywhere on the museum campus. You must smoke off of our property.

  2. No food or drink inside the buildings.

  3. Please use caution and be prepared for the weather. 

  4. Be careful on uneven walkways and uneven ground.

  5. Please keep your dog on a leash and please clean up after your dog.

  6. Dogs are not allowed in buildings. Pet carriers or strollers are not accepted. 

  7. Service animals only in buildings.

  8. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.

  9. Please do not climb on the train engine. Use the stairs to enter the cab.

  10. Visitors must wear shoes and appropriate clothing at all times. 

  11. Please do not feed or handle the chickens.

  12. Do not touch the artifacts or objects on display.

 

FAQ

  • Where are pets allowed?

    • Pets are not allowed to enter any of the buildings but may walk along the walkway, courtyard, and grass areas.​

    • Please clean up after your pet and keep your pet on a leash.

  • What about Service Animals?

    • Service animals are allowed inside the buildings.​

  • 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, visit Walk Bradenton for information on places to eat nearby.
       

  • ​​What do you have for children at this museum?​

    • Ask for a copy of our Historical Scavenger Hunt in the Wiggins Store. Visitors can search for the artifacts listed and ask for a prize after completing the Scavenger Hunt.

    • Ask if we have any Activity Books printed

    • Junior Junction is our train-themed playground located at the back (south) end of our museum grounds. Children must be supervised by an adult to ensure safety. 

 

Contact Us

Phone: 941-749-7165
Email: manatee.village@manateeclerk.com

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.