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Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Museum

A small museum dedicated to the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps and their involvement in creating this park. It is open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Highlands Hammock - Museum

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Museum / State of Florida Civilian Conservation Corps Museum     

Museum docents offer guided tours of the museum and provide visitors with an overview of the Great Depression, the work and legacy of the CCC.  Three films are shown throughout the day, per visitor request, on the museum stage.   “CCC:  A Vacation From Poverty,” is a brief 15-minute video providing an introduction to the CCC and the State of Florida CCC Museum. A longer film, “The CCC:  A Proud Chapter,” with a running time of 30 minutes, features CCC alumni interviews and a guided tour of park structures built by CCC enrollees that are still in use today. The third film, “The Historic Journey,” is another 15-minute documentary that was made during the 2010 CCC Festival.  Four men, all of whom were in their 80s and 90s, recall their lives during the Depression and in the CCC.  Their stories and oral histories make up most of this video.  Visit the museum to learn about the history of the park and the role the CCC played in building it as well as the history of the CCC in Florida and the United States.  Interactive exhibits highlight the 1930-1940 era. Visitors may also view exhibits reflecting the CCC legacy across the country as well as Highlands Hammock and other Florida State Parks.  Museum hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily during the busy winter/spring season.  Hours are shortened and may vary in the slow summer / early fall off season according to volunteer staffing.   Call the Ranger Station at 863-386-6094 for more information.  

Ybor City - Museum

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Located in the heart of Ybor City, the Ybor City Museum State Park offers a historical perspective on the heritage of this culturally rich area. The park covers about half of a city block and consists of the Ybor City Museum, an ornamental garden, a museum store and several restored worker’s “casitas” (little houses).

Fort Mose - Museum

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Fort Mose's accessible museum features interactive audio, video and tactile stations as well as paintings, historic maps, archaeological artifacts and hands-on learning. Audio tours are available with assisted listening devices, several exhibits feature Braille font and a large print museum guide is available. The park has one manual wheelchair available during the visitor center operating hours on a first come first served basis.

Silver Springs - Museum

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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.

The Barnacle - Museum

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The interior of the historic house contains many original furnishings and appears much as it did when the Munroe Family occupied it in the early 1900s. Visitors may enter the house during one of four daily guided tours. Food, beverages, flash photography, and pets are not permitted inside. 

Crystal River Archaeological - Museum

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Study of the Local Pre-Historic Coastal Dwellers:  The primary reason for this site is to preserve and interpret the mound structures, burial areas and the lifeways of the coastal dwellers who used the area in ancient times. The visitor center/museum contains exhibits displaying artifacts related to the site, and provides a few comparisons with what was occurring in other parts of the world during similar time periods.

The Museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday through Monday. The Museum is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Forest Capital - Museum

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The Forest Capital Museum is an octagonal structure made from Cypress and Pine wood with high beamed ceilings, topped with a glass dome.  The museum offers a fundamental understanding of the evolution, ecology and productivity of our forests.  The whole family will enjoy the exhibits of lifelike animals native to the area.  Early turpentine production once crucial to naval stores comes to life in a diorama.  Antique turpentine tools are displayed.  Diagrams and photographs explain and depict the life and cycles of a forest.  The center of the museum is dedicated to displaying products that are derived from our forests.  The beauty of Florida's native wood is displayed in a carved map of Florida with each of the sixty-seven counties carved from a species of wood native to their area.  "Terry, the Talking Tree" will sum it all up with a message that tells about the importance of our forests.

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