The Museum has core exhibits that are centered around Manatee County agricultural commodities. Within these exhibits new artifacts and exhibits are frequently rotated so there is always something new to see!
Manatee County Agricultural Hall of Fame
This room features the Manatee County Hall of Fame which honors local agriculturalists who have made a great impact on the community. Two or Three individuals are inducted each year during Farm City Week through the Bradenton Kiwanis Club & the Manatee County Extension Office. In addition, this room also contains our Archive Center where information can be found about some of the local families, farms, and agricultural businesses.
The Citrus Room showcases citrus tools and ephemera from local groves and businesses. The showcase artifact is the Tropicana Suit, worn by Charles Johnson when he was Tropicana’s PR representative in the 1960s and 1970s.
The Livestock Room showcases Manatee County’s rich cattle industry. Current and historical brands can be found burned into the floor. Tools used to work cattle & other livestock a variety of other other exhibits rotate through this room.
Farm Shop & Garage
Vegetables & Fruits
Learn how agriculture affects Manatee County’s economy with the Ag & Economy board, children can guess which tools are useful to farmers, and learn about a variety of vegetables and fruits that were grown and are still being grown in Manatee County such as celery, tomatoes, and more.
Gardening practices over the years have changed. Discover how gladioli were once a cash crop and see some of the tools & equipment used by local nurserymen through the years.
The Barn contains many larger pieces of agricultural equipment such as engines, a silo filler, seeders, fanning mill, and more.
Step back in time to a typical farm shop and garage. An authentic tool bench lines the wall with many tools that could still be useful today. In addition, see the restored 1925 Model T Ford pickup that would have been the mode of transportation for a truck farmer in the late 1920s and 1930s.