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Museum of Arts & Sciences, Daytona Beach

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The Museum of Arts and Sciences, often referred to as MOAS, is a museum in Daytona Beach, Florida, United States. The museum is a member of the American Alliance of Museums and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. It is home to over 30,000 objects, making it one of the largest museums in central Florida.HistoryThe MOAS was founded as a non-profit educational institution in 1955. It was chartered in 1962 by the State of Florida.ExhibitsSome notable exhibits include: The most complete giant ground sloth skeleton in North America housed in a Florida fossil gallery The largest permanent exhibition of Cuban art outside of Cuba Coca-Cola entrepreneur Chapman Root's lifetime collection of Americana, including two private rail cars (including a Skytop Lounge), the second largest collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia in the world (featuring original molds and the original patents for the bottle), Indy race cars, teddy bears, and quilts. While about half of the exhibits are permanent, there are many exhibits which change every few months. A collection of international decorative arts and Early American furniture and art A gallery of Chinese art Visible storage The museum also has its own auditorium and planetarium.
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  • Wonderful museum in Daytona. Don't forget to visit the Cici Brown Florida art museum also! Well worth your time and travel. 
  • The permanent collections and exhibits were enough to hold my attention. For a small space, I thought the lay-out was well done. I especially enjoyed the Americana and Coca-Cola exhibit. Childhood mem...  read more »
  • A place for those who enjoy Museum, coca-cola's history, African, Chinese, art was very interesting, a bit expensive.
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  • The Museum of Arts and Sciences is a compact but well curated museum tucked away in Daytona Beach. There’s a little bit of everything packed into this museum; great art, automobiles, old Coca-Cola memorabilia, fossils, and you’ll be surprised to see two full-size train cars on display. It will only take you a few hours to get through everything, so it’s the perfect place to visit if you’re crunched for time. I can’t imagine you’ll encounter crowds, unless you visit during a major event or on school days if they have large amounts of students visiting. It’s tucked away but easy to get to, just a little bit off of International Speedway Blvd. Well worth a visit if you’re in the Daytona Beach area.
  • For the last 2 times I have taken my grandchildren the area for them to learn and experiment was bad. Time before last things was broken so therefore didn't work and so we gave it another shot. This last time even worse. Just about everything they wanted to experiment with did not work , the building of the cars , the microscope with the screen , the x ray booth , heart rate monitor, no tools to build things , the place they can make "pizzas" the stuff was dirty. I know the form piece can get dirty but come on wash them or cut new up. Should i keep going? Told them we are not going back. For what it cost I will pay just a little more and drive longer to go to the Orlando. I know things go by donations but at least keep the stuff fixed so the kids can learn and enjoy. You got more security than you ever did so if you can afford that you can afford to fix things. I have been taking my grandchildren for 4 yrs , everytime I go down to visit 2 times a year and this time when they could not hardly get the experience they wanted because of broken or not plugged in did me in and left them disappointed. Grant with the very few things they did they loved but with everything you have for them to play with 3/4 of the stuff was broken - broken or just not up and running. And it really sucked!! The way it is right now I would not recommend anyone to visit until all is worth it. You do have a nice staff and where you remodeled very nice but for children , thumbs down.
  • Eclectic collection but every bit worth visiting. They have decommissioned luxury trains, Cuban art, old guns and weapons, teddy bears, insects, a planetarium, and a lot of things to see!
  • Absolutely HORRIBLE!!! The price for a ticket is through the roof and it took my family of 3 20 minutes to go through what they had open at that time. During the summer that had almost everything closed off and only the art side open. The children area was disgusting and small! The area was dirty, almost all the interactive centers worked, then some didn't. The part where you can build and race car's was a HUGE let down. They only had two working car's and then they hardly even worked. An the person you could talk to about the area, got up, left and never came back. Also they had roaches in the bathroom right next to the baby changing area. Absolutely WILL NOT go back!
  • We took the kids here while visiting family. They loved the planetarium and kids area. The kids area was one of the best I've seen. everything was hands on and there was a good variety of things to do. We ended up going days in a row since the weather was bad and the kids still didn't want to leave. We'll be going back here next time we're in Daytona.
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