Sight, the workhorse of the five senses, puts in too many hours keeping man from falling in manholes. Reward the most overworked sense with today's Groupon: for $6, you get one general admission (up to a $12.95 value) to the Museum of Arts & Sciences, located on South Nova Road. Admission is always free for children ages 5 and younger.
Ensconced among 90 acres of Daytona Beach's natural beauty, the Museum of Arts & Sciences (MOAS) mixes art, history, and science like ingredients in a healthful, tasty education smoothie. Gander at the museum’s collection of more than 30,000 pieces, including the largest assortment of Cuban art outside of Cuba, a sizable collection of Americana related to Coca Cola, and a 130,000-year-old giant ground sloth. Learn paddleboat swashbuckling methods from Blackbeard, Sir Francis Drake, and more at Pirates: An Adventure!, running through February 27. The temporary exhibit C'est la Vie: Robert Gring's France, running through April, offers a glimpse at Gring’s cartoon-like paintings, which influenced the Pink Panther movies and the course of fiberglass-insulation history. Meanwhile, adolescent Archimedei and fledgling Flemings learn about science Charles and Linda Williams Children's Museum through a handful of hands-on exhibits, such as a buildable miniature roller coaster.
Six TripAdvisors give the Museum of Arts & Sciences an average of 3.5 owl eyes:
- The permanent collection of African art, Cuban Art, Chinese art, decorative art, full size trains, racing cars, and Coca Cola memorabilia coupled with temporary exhibitions makes this one of the outstanding facilities in Florida. – Netanel
- We walked around the whole museum which is pretty large, and they have some very interesting artifacts. – aj0527
Museum of Arts & Sciences
Physically, celadon porcelain from the Ming and Qing Dynasties and a 13-foot skeleton of the giant ground sloth don’t have too much in common. But both explore how our world has evolved and how we perceive it—making both perfectly suited for display in the eclectic exhibits of the Museum of Arts & Sciences. The 100,000-square-foot museum—which perches on a 90-acre nature preserve—houses a planetarium alongside myriad exhibits that delve into art, history, and science.
The museum’s particularly impressive assembly of Cuban art draws visitors through 300 years of history with more than 200 rare maps, paintings, and ceramics. Nearby, the exhibit of Chinese art glimmers with gemstones, bronzes, and cloisonné. Visitors also peruse crafts made closer to home in the 4,000-square-foot gallery of American art, where portraits by Gilbert Stuart and landscapes by George Bonfield hang on walls, rather than on the traditional horse’s withers. In addition to its traditional art galleries, the Museum of Arts & Sciences also hosts more fragile objects inside the Helene B. Roberson Visible Storage Building, a 4,400-square-foot glass-fronted space designed to maintain exhibits in a climate-controlled state.
Younger museum-goers can gaze longingly at the 800 teddy bears on display in the Americana-focused Root Family Museum before heading to the Charles and Linda Williams Children’s Museum to explore ever-changing, hands-on science exhibits. In addition to assembling and testing model racecars, whippersnappers strum the 16 laser beams of a laser harp and try the "Pull Yourself Up" exhibit. Daily shows in the planetarium continue scientific education by unlocking the night sky’s mysteries, such as why stars don’t go out when you blow on them.
352 S Nova Rd.
Daytona Beach, Florida 32114Get Directions