MOAS of Daytona Beach

Entrance of MOAS 352 S Nova Rd Daytona Beach
Entrance of MOAS 352 S Nova Rd Daytona Beach

The Museum of Arts and Science located at 352 S Nova Road Daytona Beach is definitely a great way to spend a day with the family in Daytona. Especially for those rainy summer days or those days when you just want to get out of the sun for a while. With many wings and exhibits MOAS has something for everyone. With admission at $19 for adults and $10 for children MOAS is family budget friendly. They also have free admission for Volusia county residents with ID on the first Tuesday of the month, please check website for restrictions or date changes.

Megalodon exhibit
Megalodon exhibit

Currently they have the Megalodon exhibit where you can stand inside a 60-foot full-scale Megalodon sculptural replica. This area showcases how large this species was and has so many teeth to compare from other shark species. They also have the Tide Pool exhibit that showcases a remarkable shell and coral collection.

Giant Ground Sloth found at the corner of Reed Canal road and Nova road 2.5 miles from Museum
Giant Ground Sloth found at the corner of Reed Canal road and Nova road 2.5 miles from Museum
Skull of Giant Ground Sloth found at the corner of Reed Canal road and Nova road 2.5 miles from Museum
Skull of Giant Ground Sloth found at the corner of Reed Canal road and Nova road 2.5 miles from Museum

Other exhibits currently on display are the Cuban art collection. The Gillespy Gallery featuring different types of African masks and head pieces, Marzullo Gallery showcasing ancient swords and guns. The Prehistory of Florida wing, where you can see the remains of a giant ground sloth found 2.5 miles south of the museum. The Root Family Museum wing houses some of the most elaborate collections. From Coke-a-Cola bottles to Coke-a-Cola trucks, two fully restored train cars, and Florida’s largest collection of Teddy Bears this wing should not be missed.

 

Part of the Root family Coke-a-Cola collection
Part of the Root family Coke-a-Cola collection

Right off the Root Family wing is the Lohman Planetarium. The Planetarium features a full-dome screen that transports you into the world of science through the depths of space. The Planetarium hosts evening shows throughout the year on space, the ocean, and even a laser show to rock music.

Lastly MOAS also has a large wing for the kiddos. The Charles and Linda Williams Children’s Museum is right next to the Prehistory of Florida wing. This children’s museum is so interactive even I had to test out some of the exhibits. There is a hands-on kid doctor’s office with radiology area, kids size pizza restaurant, a construction area, a race car track, and many other interactive exhibits.

As a local or a visitor Daytona’s Museum of Arts and Science makes it easy to learn, play, and without a doubt enjoy family time as you take a break from the Florida summer heat.

 

Michelle Yates

Travel Advisor

https://www.foratravel.com/advisor/michelle-yates

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