Saturday, October 27, 2018

Silver River Museum–Silver Springs SP

Shovel Tusked Mastadon-2
Shovel Tusked Mastodon – The strangest fossil I’ve ever seen

The Silver River Museum at Silver Springs State Park is operated by the Marion County school system.  Admission to the museum is only $2 per person (it is not included with admission to the park), and the funds are used to fund the classes and facilities for the students.  The museum is located in the park on the south side of the river.

Shovel Tusked Mastadon-3
Shove Tusked Mastodon
Tina and the MastedonAndy the Short Faced Bear
Fossils and Interpretive Dance
Whale
Whale

The museum has two main themes – Florida Paleontology and Florida Archeology.  There is a plaque near a dinosaur display that says there are no dinosaur fossils in Florida, however there are plenty of others.

Dugout-2
Dugout Canoe

The archeological displays include prehistoric Indian artifacts as well as artifacts as recent as the 1800’s to early 1900’s, and outside the museum is a Florida Cracker pioneer village from the 1800’s. Some of the buildings are replicas, and some (I believe) are authentic.

Florida Cow Hunters
Florida Cow Hunters
Turpentine Industry-2
Turpentine Industry
Turtle Pipe
Turtle Pipe

Of course, the museum is airconditioned, so there’s another good reason to visit while at the park. 

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