Plan Your Visit

In an abundance of caution and in the best interest of our visitors and staff, Manatee Village Historical Park will be closed to the public until further notice.

We will continue to closely monitor COVID-19 developments and look forward to re-opening to serve the public as soon as it is safe to do so.


Days & Hours

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:

February 8

February 22

March 14

March 28

April 25

May 9

June 13

June 27

July 11

July 25

August 8

August 22

Upcoming Closures:

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!


Visitor Rules

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

  1. Please no smoking anywhere on the museum campus.

  2. Please use caution on uneven walkways.

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

  4. Please clean up after your dog.

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

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

  7. 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. 


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.


(941) 749-7165

1404 Manatee Ave E, Bradenton, FL 34208, USA

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