The Museum of Arts and Science or MOAS in Daytona Beach offers art and entertainment for the entire family. Whether a star-gazer, an art aficionado, a history or science buff, an educator or student, the museum should appeal to all. This is the place in Daytona Beach to experience both culture and history at its best!
Located in the Tuscawilla Preserve, together with the Klancke Environmental Education Complex, a 90 acre setting off Nova Road,the museum features an assortment of both permanent exhibits and changing exhibits housed in different wings. There is a Cuban gallery, a gallery of American art; a gallery of Chinese art; a planetarium; the Root Wing and the Root Family Museum featuring Coca Cola memorabilia; pre-Columbian and African artifacts, fossils and the 13′ tall skeleton of a giant ground sloth.
The Charles and Linda Williams Children’s Museum is a hands on science center that features a variety of interactive exhibits for young people. Field trips can be arranged to tour the facility. There are also summer camps and different educational programs offered.
Families will find the Planetarium is a real treat. It features interactive shows and presentations. The second Saturday of every month there is a laser rock show presented at 7, 8 and 9 pm. Current (2014) ticket prices range from $5 to $9.
The museum will welcome expansion with the completion of the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum anticipated to open in 2015 just north of the MOAS. The Brown museum will house the largest private collection of Florida art in the world.
The grounds around the museum encompass the Tuscawilla Preserve. The Preserve offers a beautiful respite from a harried modern pace of life. Raised boardwalks that are wheelchair accessible and hands on exhibits at discovery stations wind along nature trails and make the Preserve an easy and educational walk through a hydric hammock. There is a Sensory Garden that features wildflowers and herbs along with plants that attract both hummingbirds and butterflies.
Closed on Mondays, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am until 5 pm. Sunday hours are 11 am to 5 pm. For a real treat, go on the first Tuesday of the month for free admission for Volusia County residents with proof of residency such as a driver’s license or library card. The free admission does not include access to the Planetarium. For more information about admission times, school tours and current fees contact 386-255-0285.