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 April

Click Here to schedule a visit for May

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 strongly encouraged. We will be taking temperatures with a forehead scanner. We clean daily. Hand sanitizers 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. We have benches for you to 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

This app provides local historical landmarks,

including some of our buildings.
(from Manatee Libraries and the Florida Humanities Council) at 

and "The Clio" app

This app provides information about our buildings in one place.
(a nonprofit that features several historical sites) at



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 & audio options and include:

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


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

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!


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. Please use caution and be prepared for the weather. 

  3. Be careful on uneven walkways and uneven ground.

  4. Please keep your dog on a leash and do not take them inside the buildings.

  5. Please clean up after your dog.

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

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

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



  • 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 Scavenger Hunt in the Wiggins Store. Visitors can search for artifacts listed and "hunt" the cows that are hidden throughout our museum.

    • 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

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.


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(941) 749-7165

1404 Manatee Ave E, Bradenton, FL 34208, USA

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