Private Event Rentals

Perfect for anniversaries, baptisms, memorials, birthday parties, family reunions, class reunions, company picnics, bridal showers, baby showers, graduation celebrations, and many other get-togethers!

Manatee Village is a unique setting in which to gather your group, celebrate, reminisce, and make new memories. With a variety of settings, our grounds are versatile enough for every style of celebration. Surrounded by historic structures and picturesque settings, your guests can stroll along brick paths, relax in the gazebo, and get a feel for a by-gone era


Changes to our policies during COVID-19

Due to guidelines for COVID-19, we have made the following changes to our private rental policies:

  • Dates Available
    Let us know what day or preferred dates you want to hold your event and we'll check our calendar. Please know that we do not hold private rentals on Holidays or their associated weekends.

  • Times Available
    Private events must be held outside of our regular hours. 

  • Location
    Locations include the 1887 Church, Courtyard & Gazebo (including picnic tables), Picnic Pavilion (sun cover and water access), and the 1860 Courthouse. No food or beverage is allowed inside historical buildings such as the 1887 Church and 1860 Courthouse.

  • No Equipment Rentals
    You might have planned on using a sound system or to use a company to rent tables, but unfortunately we are not allowing any equipment rentals. Please ask us about seating arrangements and we can describe our Courtyard tables and pew seating inside the 1887 Church.

  • Our COVID-19 Guidelines
    We reserve the right to cancel/reschedule your event based on our interpretation of COVID-19 guidelines from the state and county. We may operate differently from other museums because we are part of the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court. Please be mindful of current safety recommendations due to COVID-19 as you plan your get-together.

  • Payment & Refunds
    Full payment for your private rental will be due 30-60 days before your event. No refunds within 30 days of your date. Our refund process takes time, we would need more than 30 days' notice of your cancellation.

  • Thank you for reading our rules & guidelines. We hope we can assist everyone in staying safe and enjoying a meaningful get-together.


Download an information packet here: Private Event Rental Information Packet

*Please note that these policies do not apply to weddings or vow renewals. For wedding rental information, please visit our wedding rental page.

**Manatee Village does not host events on holidays or their corresponding weekends.


Locations Available


Gazebo and Courtyard

The most versatile area in our museum features an Old Florida gazebo shaded by oak trees, Spanish moss, and includes picnic tables that can seat up to 60. 
Capacity: 100 

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Picnic Pavilion

This area provides access to the necessities. The pavilion is a covered area with sun cover, overhead fans, working sink, and electrical outlets.
Capacity: 25

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1887 Old Meeting House Church

Our Church features Old fashioned wall sconces, stained glass windows, Piano, Bluetooth enabled stereo, pulpit and original pews, Bride’s and groom’s rooms, and central air conditioning. Food and beverage are not allowed inside.
Capacity: 125 people 

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1860 Courthouse

This is the oldest building at our museum and a great place to hold a small meeting. It is also the oldest remaining courthouse that was originally intended as a courthouse in the entire state of Florida. Food and beverage are not allowed inside.
Capacity: 25


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