The Silver River Museum and Educational Center is open to the public on weekends (Saturday and Sunday), as well as certain holidays (Friday or Monday), from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The museum and museum area are CLOSED on weekdays because classes are in session. Admission is $2 per person; children under 6 receive free entrance. The museum is operated by the Marion County School District in cooperation with the Florida Park Service.
The Museum is composed of two exhibit areas, the main museum and the history wing. The Main Museum contains exhibits relating to Florida geology, paleontology, archaeology, and natural history. The History Wing contains exhibits relating to Marion County and Florida history since written records became available with the arrival of the first European explorers. The museum facilities, including the cracker homestead, are fully accessible, although the homestead has a lot of sandy areas.
The cracker homestead is a replica of a 19th century pioneer settlement and is available for exploration during the Museum's hours of operation. This collection of buildings represents a small "Cracker'' settlement dating to the 1890s. A typical homestead of the time would have included a cabin and outbuildings such as a barn, pantry, smokehouse, and outhouse. Schoolhouses, churches, and blacksmith shops would have been found in settlements that homesteaders visited to attend social gatherings and barter for supplies. Tours are given on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month at 10:00 a.m.