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Special Exhibits

On Exhibit Now

Dig It! The Secrets of Soil

from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History

Get the dirt on dirt—one of the most valuable resources on Earth. Soils are crucial to our everyday lives, storing carbon, filtering water, growing plants, and so much more. Discover a whole new world beneath your feet.

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An Icy Enterprise

Commercial ice manufacturing has been an essential part of agriculture since the late 1880s. The ice helped transform agriculture from a strictly local operation into the national and even international industry we have today. 


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Dairy Days of Manatee County
in the Livestock Room 

From historic dairies of by-gone days to currently producing dairy farms, you will learn about our local dairies as well as innovations that changed the dairy industry throughout the 1900s. Children's learning activities are also included in this exhibit.


Online Exhibits

Underwater Farms: Aquaculture in Manatee County

Aquaculture has a long history in Manatee County. The process of growing aquatic animals and plants for food, restoration, and pets has evolved over the years, but continues to have a presence in the agricultural industry. Learn more about what aquaculture farms have been in Manatee County in the past and today. 
This exhibit is currently online only. 
View it here!  

Video with 2 Docks Shellfish can be viewed on Youtube
Video Transcript 


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