Hours and Admission


Thursday - Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

CMNC will be CLOSED:

New Years Day
Fourth of July
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day


$8.00 ~ Adults
$3.00 ~ 5 to 12 years old
Free under 5

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A Unique Location, Inspired by Nature and History


Crowley Museum & Nature Center is a beautiful and unique site for any special event. Located on 190 acres adjacent to the "Wild and Scenic" Myakka River; guests can explore the five unique habitats that make up the Crowley property; stroll through a replica of John Crowley's original pioneer cabin, and walk through a pioneer museum with artifacts dating back to the 19th century. Climb the porch stairs to experience the unique culture of the historic, 116 year old Tatum House; a favorite site for wedding ceremonies. The Learning Center, a screened building under beautiful live oak trees, offers a wonderful spot for receptions, company picnics, meetings and birthday celebrations. It is adjacent to parking and our muscadine grape vineyard. Equipped with electricity and two handicap accessible bathrooms, it can easily accommodate 60 guests. Parking is available for approximately 100 cars. It is our experience that cars carry an average of two passengers.

Large tents, holding up to 180 people for a sit down meal and erected near the Learning Center, are available to rent. Electrical outlets are easily accessed to facilitate evening lighting, DJ equipment, or to accommodate a five piece band.


The cost to rent Crowley Museum & Nature Center is $200 per hour. Optional amenities such as tents, tables, chairs, linens, glasses, carriage rides, and dance floor are available for rent through Crowley approved vendors. We provide, after discussion with the renter, a quote specific to that event. A deposit in the amount of 1/2 of the total event cost is required at contract signing. This deposit is fully refundable up to 30 days before the event. Cancellation of the event in less 30 days of the scheduled date results in the loss of the security deposit. Final payment is due 2 weeks before the event. Admission is free for all attendees on the day of the event.

Rental Times

The Learning Center and tent rentals are available 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Due to limited lighting the Tatum House, Pioneer Cabin, and Museum are only available 8:00 a.m. to dusk.

Catering and Bar Service

We have a selected caterers list from which you can choose. Any caterer not on the list must provide the required insurance certificates and damage waivers. Due to liability insurance requirements, all alcohol must be handled through a licensed caterer.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best time of the year to guarantee a good outdoor experience?

Crowley does not have climate controlled facilities. We recommend that when planning your event; please consider the Florida climate. The months of November through May are the coolest and driest time of the year.

How can I guarantee privacy at my event?

Crowley is open to the public from 10 am to 4 pm Thursday through Sunday. To guarantee privacy, you should plan to schedule your event after regular hours and station a member of your party at the front gate to admit your guests. A member of Crowley's staff will remain on site during the event.

Are animals allowed on the property?

Pets are not permitted. However, horse and carriage, pony rides and other activities may be permissible during special events; but, only in specified locations. This must be coordinated with the Crowley staff.

How many people can Crowley Museum & Nature Center comfortably accommodate?

The Learning Center can comfortably hold 60 people. Large rental tents hold up to 180 people. Approximately 125 people can be seated around the historic Tatum House for ceremonies; the exact number depends on chair placement.

Under what conditions will I incur added costs?

Everything at our Center is part of a protected wildlife sanctuary, free from human sources of litter and destruction. Crowley will permit a clean up crew from your party to return on the day following your event to complete the clean up process, if necessary. Staff hours allotted to clean up (other than bathrooms) will be calculated and charged per the agreement.

Can I come to the site before the event?

We encourage you to visit Crowley prior to the event to view the site and discuss logistics with our staff. The final cost and rental agreement can be communicated by e-mail.