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Silver River Museum

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The Center began in 1987 when a Christa McAullife Fellowship was awarded to research the development of a museum and environmental education center within the public school system.

The idea was met with strong support from the community. Local citizens, businesses, civic groups, the Marion County School Board, the Florida Legislature, the St. Johns River Water Management District, and other state agencies all helped to fund the Center. In 1991, the Silver River Museum and Environmental Education Center opened its doors to the students of Marion County.

The initial complex consisted of the museum and classroom buildings. Recent additions include a second wing to the museum, lunch pavilion, research library, late 1800's Pioneer "Cracker" Settlement, and a circa 1930 one-room schoolhouse used by African-American students during segregation.

The Silver River Museum and Environmental Education Center provides unique hands-on learning opportunities for Marion County Public Schools students, staff, and the general public. Visitors learn about the cultural and natural history of Marion County, and the importance of protecting and conserving cultural and natural resources. Our primary mission is to educate Marion County Public School students about Florida history and ecology, and assist them in achieving the highest scholastic standards possible. Furthermore, we strive to promote good stewardship of our environment with the hope of providing a better tomorrow.

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HOURS:The Silver River Museum is open weekends and on most holidays from 9 AM to 5 PM. Please note that we are closed to the public on weekdays while Marion County Public Schools are in session (August through June).


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