Special Exhibits

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Manatee Tomato Families 

Tomatoes have been the top crop in Manatee County for over 70 years. The family histories in this exhibit are just a sampling of the many families and growers who have made an impact on the tomato industry in Manatee County. 

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 an online and in-person starting March 16, 2020. 


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Video with 2 Docks Shellfish can be viewed on Youtube


Video Transcript 

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Turpentine in Manatee

 Learn how turpentine moved into Florida and was an essential part of the economy through the early 1900s.