The Silver River Museum and Environmental Education Center is a program of Marion County Public Schools. The museum is located within the Silver Springs State Park in Ocala, Florida, and works in close cooperation with the Florida Park Service. Visitors learn about the cultural and natural history of Florida, and the importance of protecting and conserving cultural and natural resources.
The Silver River Museum consists of three main galleries and a gift shop. Visitors enter through a main front gallery where exhibits feature prehistoric artifacts dating back 12,000 years, rare Florida fossils, and the natural history of North Central Florida. The second gallery of the museum is the history wing which tells the story of Florida after the arrival of Europeans. Exhibits depict the earliest Spanish explorers, Seminole Indians, the Civil War, steamboats, Silver Springs and more. The construction of history wing was made possible with the generous support of the Felburn Foundation.
The third gallery features "Dugout Canoes: Paddling Through the Americas" all about Native American canoes from across North and South America; including several examples from Florida. Exhibits are interactive with hands-on activities for visitors of all ages. The exhibit was produced by the Florida Museum of Natural History with support from the AEC Trust, Lastinger Family Foundation, State of Florida, and Visit Gainesville. The construction of canoes exhibit wing was made possible with the generous support of the Felburn Foundation.
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