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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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  • Beautiful pieces from all over. The coke exhibit was my favorite. It was a good 2 hr spent on a raining day. The staffs are very nice.  more »
  • very informative museum loved the coke exhibit.. Very nice building friendly staff... Worth a visit . There is a children's section the kids will enjoy. Art work from various areas.  more »
  • The MOAS is well worth becoming a member! The cultural events bring this community to another level. The exhibits are world class. Start your visit in the main building Walk through the DOW wing, real...  more »
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  • I'm giving this place 5 stars because of their Free First Tuesdays for Volusia county residents every month. If I were to have to pay the full price I wouldn't be rating it at all, having never been able to afford it. I believe the current price is $13 per adult, so for my family of 5 that would be $65. Out of the question for us for the 3 or 4 hours at most there. The trails at the museum are absolutely beautiful, and a great place for a picnic. We are going today for free Tuesday, and excited to see for the first time the new Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art. Just read they have a new cafe there. I've always though it could use one! Hope it's nice! Love the trails, and the trains at the museum the most. My daughter loves the teddy collection. Mom loves the old pharmacy. Youngest son loves the Children's museum. Everyone loves the giant sloth. We always enjoy the little movies they show. The last time we were there it I remember it was about Audubon. I would like if they would include even more local history going farther back before colonization. I would also like if they would lower their price of admission, (without getting rid of free Tuesday please though! Love free Tuesday
  • I took my granddaughter here just last week. I spent 20.00 to get us into the museum. We really were only interested in the Children's Museum since she is seven. I took her two years ago and did not have a very good experience but thought maybe they had revamped the Children's area. I was wrong. This is a very hands-on science museum with GE's name all over it. What a shame. Many things are broken ... or missing parts to make them work .... etc. Take my 20.00 and that of the other 15 kids I saw and put it to good use. Kids need a place like this but for the cost it is a total fail. Build a slot car - sure. Run it on the track - nope. Use an erector set? No tools and missing connecting parts. Daytona Beach and this museum are failing the children who attend. Two stars are strictly for the the Laser Planetarium show (20 minutes on Orion's Belt) that we did not even want to go to but it was included in admission. I was trying to find a bright moment in the day.
  • So expensive. Broken equipment. Not worth the money. The whole thing needs revamped. Especially the children's section.
  • Was in Daytona Beach Fl on vacation recently came here with my girl definitely a nice cool fun place to visit and have fun for a couple of hours. Lots of different things to check out
  • Its not a huge museum. Online it says there's 30,000 items but 90% of those are behind one long glass wall. The planetarium show wasn't great either. It's a nice place to visit on vacation but its no Smithsonian. (but it is apart of thr smithsonian lol)