Museum of Arts and Sciences (Daytona Beach)
|Museum of Arts and Sciences|
|Location||352 South Nova Road
Daytona Beach, Florida
|Public transit access||Route 7, VOTRAN|
|Website||Museum of Arts and Sciences|
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.
Some 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 memoribilia 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 great collection of International Decorative Arts and Early American Furniture and Art
- A gallery of Chinese art
- Visible Storage
Charles and Linda William's Children's Museum
MOAS opened the first science center in the area on November 21, 2008. The Charles and Linda William's Children's Museum features hands-on science exhibits in a 9,000-square-foot (840 m2) state-of-the-art facility.
The Dow Museum of Historic Houses
Dow Museum of Historic Houses, located in the heart of the nation's oldest city, is owned and operated by MOAS. Included in the 1572 town plan of St. Augustine, the site consists of five houses dating from 1790 - 1910 with exhibits of historic furnishings, fine museum collections, and a series of outdoor exhibits.
Another off-site exhibit MOAS has to offer is Gamble Place. Nestled among the Spruce Creek Preserve, this property features Florida's rich natural environment and a unique historic past told by the property's three historic house museums. Gamble Place has been developed and restored by the Museum of Arts & Sciences in cooperation with the Nature Conservancy and the City of Port Orange. It is now a 175-acre (0.71 km2) park with trails that cover five different ecosystems and is home to many endangered and threatened species.
Klancke Environmental Education Complex
In 2005 MOAS opened the Kim A. Klancke, M.D. & Marsha L. Klancke Environmental Education Complex in Tuscawilla Preserve, a 90-acre (360,000 m2) nature preserve in the middle of Daytona Beach that includes over 1/2 mile of boardwalks and nature trails. The preserve protects virgin Florida coastal hydric hammock, and is a habitat for endangered species of flora and fauna.
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