Silver River Museum & Environmental Education Center

Silver River Museum & Environmental Education Center The Silver River Museum and Environmental Education Center is a program of Marion County Public Schools.
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We are excited to be working on plans to reopen the Silver River Museum the weekend of July 4th. Stay tuned for details ...
06/06/2020

We are excited to be working on plans to reopen the Silver River Museum the weekend of July 4th. Stay tuned for details coming soon.

The Silver River Museum will remain closed through June 30th. If circumstances allow, we hope to reopen the museum to th...
05/14/2020

The Silver River Museum will remain closed through June 30th. If circumstances allow, we hope to reopen the museum to the public on Saturdays and Sundays in July. We apologize for the extended closure and look forward to hopefully reopening later this summer.

04/23/2020

We are sad to report that both the Camp Kiwanis summer camp program in the Ocala National Forest and the Summer Adventure Camp held at the Silver River Museum have been canceled due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

In addition, the Silver River Museum remains closed until further notice. We will continue to update both our page and museum web page as we know more.

For more information please call the Museum office at (352) 236-5401.

03/23/2020

Silver River Museum Update. Marion County Public Schools have been suspended until at least April 15th. The Silver Springs State Park has also closed until further notice.

This means that the museum will remain closed until further notice. We will continue to post updates as we learn more.

Thank you.

03/14/2020

As of Friday March 13th the Florida state park system has asked that all indoor activities and tours at Florida State parks be canceled due to current health concerns.

This means that the Silver River Museum will be closed this weekend on March 14 and 15th. We will post updates on this Facebook site as we learn more. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to being open again soon.

Camper registration for Summer Adventure Camp at the Silver River Museum is now open.  Three brand new camp sessions pla...
03/06/2020

Camper registration for Summer Adventure Camp at the Silver River Museum is now open. Three brand new camp sessions planned for June with a different theme each week!

Don't miss this fun day camp with a history and science theme! Contact the museum at (352) 236-5401 for more information. Space is limited.

Did you know you can tell a lot about what actually happened on a battlefield by studying the musket balls? Join battlef...
03/04/2020

Did you know you can tell a lot about what actually happened on a battlefield by studying the musket balls? Join battlefield archaeologist Dan Sivilich at the Silver River Museum on Saturday, March 28th to learn about these small but important artifacts. Museum open house from 4 - 6 pm. Presentation from 6 - 7 pm. Event is free but seating is limited. (More details below.) Come join us!

Winners of our 2020 Silver River Knap-In speed knapping competition. About a dozen knapper entered and had to make a cla...
02/20/2020

Winners of our 2020 Silver River Knap-In speed knapping competition. About a dozen knapper entered and had to make a classic Newman point in 10 minutes. These are the four winners from left to right Jacob Bradenbaugh (1), Ryan Gill (3), Justin Cook (2), and David Bradley (4). Thanks to all who joined in the fun!

Congratulations to Britt Williams, the first place prize winner in the 2020 Silver River Knap-In flint knapping competit...
02/20/2020

Congratulations to Britt Williams, the first place prize winner in the 2020 Silver River Knap-In flint knapping competition. Britt made an excellent example of a Benton point and took first prize (a haul of high-quality Georgetown flint courtesy of Craig Ratzat)!

Highlights from the grand opening of our Dugout Canoe exhibit and the Silver Springs Knap-In
02/15/2020

Highlights from the grand opening of our Dugout Canoe exhibit and the Silver Springs Knap-In

Highlights from the grand opening of our Dugout Canoe exhibit and the Silver Springs Knap-In

We had a wonderful time with students at the Knap-In today! Come join us tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday from 9-4. So muc...
02/14/2020

We had a wonderful time with students at the Knap-In today! Come join us tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday from 9-4. So much to see and do, including the grand opening of the new canoe exhibit! (Admission $6 cash, children 5 and under are free)

02/11/2020

DID YOU KNOW? Flintknapping is the prehistoric art of shaping flint, chert, obsidian or other stones intospear and arrow points, knives, blades and other tools.

Join us this weekend, February 15 & 16, at Silver Springs State Park for our annual Knap-In. Experience stone tool making, pottery making, traditional archery, tram tours, basket making, and food and craft vendors. Admission is $6 with kids ages 5 and under admitted free.

See event details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/527375211192428

Enjoy a preview of next week's Silver River Knap-In and Prehistoric Arts Festival today at the Ocala Cattle Drive & Cowb...
02/08/2020

Enjoy a preview of next week's Silver River Knap-In and Prehistoric Arts Festival today at the Ocala Cattle Drive & Cowboy Round-Up! Come on down to Tuscawilla Park, the weather's mighty fine!

“Cow hunters” from the Silver River Museum are at Tuscawilla Park today for the cattle round up. It’s a beautiful day to...
02/08/2020

“Cow hunters” from the Silver River Museum are at Tuscawilla Park today for the cattle round up. It’s a beautiful day to go visit them and learn about Florida history!

Thanks to the many friends and supporters of the Silver River Museum who came out this evening to celebrate the ribbon c...
02/08/2020

Thanks to the many friends and supporters of the Silver River Museum who came out this evening to celebrate the ribbon cutting for our new exhibit wing, “Dugout Canoes: Padding through the Americas.”

02/07/2020

Ribbon Cutting!

02/04/2020

The Silver River Knap-In is NEXT WEEKEND - Feb. 15 & 16! It's going to be a great event with flint knappers (artisans who make stone tools) from all over the eastern United States, demonstrators, archaeologists, atlatl and tomahawk throwing, vendors and so much more. PLUS this weekend is the grand opening of our brand new exhibit wing: DUGOUT CANOES: Paddling through the Americas. Join us for this wonderful family-friendly event, Saturday and Sunday, 9 am - 4 pm, both days. Admission: $6 pp, children 5 and under are free. For more information, please visit: https://www.marionschools.net/Page/50763

"The Silver River Museum received $350,000 in private donations to add a wing to showcase the exhibit of prehistoric dug...
02/03/2020
Dugout canoe exhibit to make debut

"The Silver River Museum received $350,000 in private donations to add a wing to showcase the exhibit of prehistoric dugout canoes, including a 500-year-old canoe found in North Florida. The exhibit, which is also translated in Spanish, will feature video kiosks."

Check out this update from the Ocala Star-Banner about our new Dugout Canoe exhibit opening February 15 & 16 during the Knap-In . . .

The $1 million exhibit, which is on a 10-year loan to the Silver River Museum from the Florida Museum of Natural History, will open on Feb. 15 at the 10th

Woody Blackwell "personifies the art of modern stone toolmaking," according to Silver River Museum Director Scott Mitche...
01/31/2020

Woody Blackwell "personifies the art of modern stone toolmaking," according to Silver River Museum Director Scott Mitchell. In celebration of the 10th annual Silver River Knap-In, here are some extraordinary examples of his craftsmanship. More examples are on his website at http://www.woodyblackwell.com/

Woody Blackwell "personifies the art of modern stone toolmaking," according to Silver River Museum Director Scott Mitchell. In celebration of the 10th annual Silver River Knap-In, here are some extraordinary examples of his craftsmanship. More examples are on his website at http://www.woodyblackwell.com/

We love our partnership with Silver Springs State Park and their wonderful staff and volunteers. We joined them for the ...
01/31/2020

We love our partnership with Silver Springs State Park and their wonderful staff and volunteers. We joined them for the Ocala Christmas Parade again this year and the park float WON 1st PLACE in the "commercial" division. Woohoo! Mrs. Sexton and her East Marion Elementary 5th graders rode the Silver River Museum tram and were their usual awesome and helpful selves. CONGRATULATIONS and many thanks to everyone who helped make this happen.

01/29/2020

Learn traditional archery skills with the Traditional Bowhunters of Florida and check out hand-crafted bows from HuntPrimitive / Gill's Primitive Archery at the Silver River Knap-In, February 15 & 16 at the Silver River Museum & Environmental Education Center. Like this page for more event info!

01/28/2020

WHAT IS THE SILVER RIVER KNAP-IN?? It's a family-friendly event where expert flint knappers (people who make stone tools such as spear points), archaeologists, potters, hide tanners, bow makers, dugout canoe carvers and other specialists in native skills will gather from across the U.S. to demonstrate their crafts.

The 10th annual Silver River Knap-In will be at Silver Springs State Park February 15 & 16. The event will also include archery, tomahawk and atlatl spear throwing activities. Experts will give presentations on the prehistory of Florida on both Saturday and Sunday. Vendors offer unique crafts, reproduction stone tools, raw stone, knapping tools and food for sale.

This is also the grand public opening of our newest exhibit room featuring Dugout Canoes: Paddling Through the Americas. This world class exhibit features Native American canoes from across North and South America; including several examples from Florida. Exhibits are interactive with hands-on activities for all ages.

Visitors can tour the Silver River Museum, hike or bike the trails of the state park, or canoe and kayak on the pristine Silver River. $6.00 event admission per person (kids five and under admitted free). Free park entry and parking.

All proceeds support educational programs at the Silver River Museum.For more information, call (352) 236-5401 or visit our website at www.SilverRiverMuseum.com.

DID YOU KNOW? More than 100 ancient dugout canoes were discovered during a drought at Newnans Lake near Gainesville in 2...
01/24/2020
A Vessel of Indian Culture

DID YOU KNOW? More than 100 ancient dugout canoes were discovered during a drought at Newnans Lake near Gainesville in 2000. This extraordinary archaeological discovery -- the largest prehistoric cache of watercraft ever found -- dates from 500 to 5,000 years ago. It's the centerpiece of our new exhibit, "Dugout Canoes: Paddling through the Americas," at the Silver River Museum opening on February 15.

For details visit the museum at http://silverrivermuseum.com/ And check out the article below about the find from The Wall Street Journal in 2011.

In Florida, the single largest cache of prehistoric watercraft ever discovered has led to a trove of information on the role of the dugout canoes in Indian life, past and present.

Have you heard about the NEW exhibit coming to the Silver River Museum? "Dugout Canoes: Paddling Through the Americas" w...
01/21/2020
Dugout canoes exhibit finds a new home at Silver River Museum

Have you heard about the NEW exhibit coming to the Silver River Museum? "Dugout Canoes: Paddling Through the Americas" was produced by the Florida Museum at UF and is truly amazing. It is so extensive we had to build a whole new wing to house it! Check out the article below for more details.

The exhibit will open to the public the weekend of Feb 15-16, 2020 in conjunction with our Knap-In and Prehistoric Arts Festival.

The event runs from 9 am – 4 pm Sat. and Sun. and will feature experts in prehistoric skills such as stone tool making (flint knapping), pottery, traditional archery, spear and tomahawk throwing, shell carving, hide tanning and more. Includes exhibits of local arrowhead collections and presentations by archaeologists. Craft vendors and food too.

Admission: $6 pp, children 5 and under are free. (Park entry and parking are free that weekend.)
The Silver River Museum is located inside Silver Springs State Park in Ocala.

https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/exhibits/blog/dugout-canoes-silver-river-museum/

Dugout canoes have always fascinated people. There’s something about imagining yourself slipping quietly across the still water on a simple canoe while the natural world chirps and splashes around …

HISTORIC CANOE EXHIBIT. A world-class exhibit of Native American canoes from across two continents is coming to the Silv...
01/18/2020

HISTORIC CANOE EXHIBIT. A world-class exhibit of Native American canoes from across two continents is coming to the Silver River Museum in February. A new wing will house the special exhibit “Dugout Canoes: Paddling through the Americas.” 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 grand opening is February 15-16. Details at http://silverrivermuseum.com

01/17/2020

Don't miss the Silver River Knap-In and Prehistoric Arts Festival AND the opening of our newest exhibit on Saturday and Sunday, February 15-16, 2020.

The festival features experts in prehistoric skills such as stone tool making (flint knapping), pottery, traditional archery, spear and tomahawk throwing, shell carving, hide tanning and more. Includes exhibits of local arrowhead collections and presentations by archaeologists. Craft vendors and food too.

Our newest museum hall will also open the same weekend. This new exhibit "Dugout Canoes: Paddling Through the Americas" was produced by the Florida Museum at UF and is truly amazing. This new exhibit hall will expand the Silver River Museum by a third! Don't miss it!

Event admission is $6 pp (kids 5 and under admitted free). Free park entry and parking, too. For more information, please visit: https://www.marionschools.net/Page/50770

We were excited to welcome students back to the Silver River Museum this week. Manatees are back in the Silver River, to...
01/10/2020

We were excited to welcome students back to the Silver River Museum this week. Manatees are back in the Silver River, too, so we're off to a great start for 2020!!

Silver River Museum & Environmental Education Center
01/02/2020

Silver River Museum & Environmental Education Center

Save the Date!

The Silver River Knap-In and Prehistoric Arts Festival is Saturday and Sunday February 15-16, 2020.

The festival features experts in prehistoric skills such as stone tool making (flint knapping), pottery, traditional archery, spear and tommahawk throwing, shell carving, hide tanning and more. Includes exhibits of local arrowhead collections and presentations by archaeologists. Craft vendors and food too.

Our newest museum hall will also open the same weekend. This new exhibit "Dugout Canoes: Paddling Through the Americas" was produced by the Florida Museum at UF and is truly amazing. This new exhibit hall will expand the Silver River Museum by a third! Don't miss it.

Save the Date!The Silver River Knap-In and Prehistoric Arts Festival is Saturday and Sunday February 15-16, 2020.The fes...
12/17/2019

Save the Date!

The Silver River Knap-In and Prehistoric Arts Festival is Saturday and Sunday February 15-16, 2020.

The festival features experts in prehistoric skills such as stone tool making (flint knapping), pottery, traditional archery, spear and tommahawk throwing, shell carving, hide tanning and more. Includes exhibits of local arrowhead collections and presentations by archaeologists. Craft vendors and food too.

Our newest museum hall will also open the same weekend. This new exhibit "Dugout Canoes: Paddling Through the Americas" was produced by the Florida Museum at UF and is truly amazing. This new exhibit hall will expand the Silver River Museum by a third! Don't miss it.

OCALI COUNTRY DAYS is HERE! Come join us today and tomorrow, 9 am - 4 pm to step back in time and experience life on the...
11/09/2019

OCALI COUNTRY DAYS is HERE! Come join us today and tomorrow, 9 am - 4 pm to step back in time and experience life on the Florida frontier. Check out all the details below. We can't WAIT to see you! Admission: $7 per person CASH (no ATM on site). Children 5 and under are free.

11/08/2019

OCALI COUNTRY DAYS is THIS WEEKEND! We'll have live music, living history displays and demonstrations, a cannon firing, old fire pumper wagon, kiln firing, sugar cane syrup cooking, a Florida frontier firearms display, vendors and great food! Bring the family and come join us! Nov. 9 & 10, 9 am - 4 pm daily. Admission: $7 per person CASH (No ATM on site). Children 5 and under are free.

THIS WEEKEND ONLY - Take a trip back in time during Ocali Country Days, November 9th and 10th at Silver Springs State Pa...
11/07/2019

THIS WEEKEND ONLY - Take a trip back in time during Ocali Country Days, November 9th and 10th at Silver Springs State Park.

Come join us for this great family-friendly event! Experience life on the Florida Frontier. This unique event includes live music, great food, historic displays and live demonstrations, vendors, unique crafts for sale and much more! Event runs 9 am - 4 pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission $7 CASH (No ATM on site) *Children 5 and under are free. For more information, visit: https://www.marionschools.net/Page/50768

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1445 NE 58th Ave.
Ocala, FL
34470

General information

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 off Baseline Road (CR 35) and one mile south of SR 40 and works in close cooperation with the Florida Park Service. 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. Admission is $2.00 per person. Children under six are admitted free. Entrance fees also apply for the Silver Springs State Park. Contact the state park at (352) 236-7148.

Opening Hours

Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

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(352) 236-5401

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Welcome to the Silver River Museum & Education Center

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 off Baseline Road (CR 35) and one mile south of SR 40 and works in close cooperation with the Florida Park Service.

The Silver River Museum is open weekends and on most holidays from 10 AM to 4 PM. Please note that we are closed to the public on weekdays.

Admission is $2.00 per person. Children under six are admitted free. Entrance fees also apply for the Silver Springs State Park. Contact the state park at (352) 236-7148.

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Come see me at Ocali Country Days! Great festival, so much history and cultural knowledge to share.... I'll be there Nov 9th & 10th, be sure to stop by the tram ride and we'll take a tour through the woods and a walk down to the beautiful Silver River. Your entry fee, and optional $1 tram ride go directly to educational programs offered by our hidden treasure, such a wonderful museum. Hope to see you there! Lisa
One of Ocala's "hidden Gems" and should be seen to be believed.
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We are so very proud to have the Silver River Museum as a Partner. If you've been to the museum, you know how phenomenal it is. Check out our 5th annual race on November 17. All funds raised are used for projects, improvements and protection of Silver Springs State Park. We are volunteers in the park, we couldn't do this without our wonderful community! Thank you!! https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/SilverSprings/CritterTrail5k
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4th Annual Critter Trail 5K Run/Walk @ Silver Springs State Park is only 2 weeks away! What better way to spend a gorgeous November morning than to be on natural and well-marked trails through the woods. November 18th is The Day! https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/SilverSprings/CritterTrail5k We're so proud to have Silver River Museum as a partner, Thank You!!
We are so proud to have the Silver River Museum as a race sponsor again this year. Hello Runners and Walkers! Right here in your own backyard! It's coming up soon...4th Annual Critter Trail 5K Run/Walk @ Silver Springs State Park, November 18! This is a fundraiser in the park and for the park...check us out. This race is run on well marked trails in the park. Early Registration ends on November 1! https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/SilverSprings/CritterTrail5k All monies raised for this race stay local, In Our Park! There will be some fun prizes randomly awarded by BIB number for registered runners.
Have you picked the date for the Knap-in yet? Trying to make plans.
I know you are not open to the public during the week, but does that include homeschool families trying to include a visit into their studies during the week?