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Special Exhibits

On Exhibit Now

It Started With A Seed: Celebrating our 20th Anniversary 
March 2022 - August 2023 

Celebrate 20 years of the Manatee County Agricultural Museum opening its doors to the public. With the seed planted in 1979 for a museum dedicated to agriculture, the Ag Museum has blossomed into a cultural institution that educates visitors on Manatee County's agricultural heritage through exhibitions, preservation, educational programs, and special events for all ages. 

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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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