Central Florida’s Largest Museum (MOAS) | RTX Traveler Magazine

Explore the many facets of Central Florida’s largest museum.

It may be true that those who daydream of Daytona may have visions of lounging on sandy beaches and fast cars on the speedway, but there’s quite a bit of history, art and culture in the area for those who are looking for something a little different. The Daytona Museum of Arts & Sciences (MOAS) has incredible permanent collections and temporary exhibitions that could take hours to browse.

MuseumOfArtsScience (8)webIn addition to the exhibits and collections, there is a children’s museum, an auditorium that hosts speakers and special events, a planetarium, an outdoor sculpture garden and a nature preserve. The MOAS Tuscawilla Preserve has 90 acres of land and more than a half mile of boardwalks and trails as well as an education center and interactive learning stations.

The permanent collections at MOAS include over 30,000 items and are organized in several rooms within the three wings of the museum. The diverse collections include art and artifacts from Africa, China, early America and Cuba. There is a room dedicated to the decorative arts and one to Florida history. The unique Visible Storage collection displays important works from the museum’s entire collection that are currently not on exhibit.

The most extensive collection, and perhaps the most fascinating, is the entire wing dedicated to the Root Family Museum. Entering this museum is like stepping back in time to an era of great Americana and nostalgia. The Root family made their fortune through their glass company when they won the design for the Coca-Cola bottle and became the largest independent Coca-Cola distributor in the nation. Coca-Cola memorabilia from old vending machines and iceboxes to signs and even delivery cars fill about a quarter of the Root museum.

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Some members of the Root family were also car racing enthusiasts, and three Indy series race cars from the late 1950s as well as a 1948 Lincoln Continental are displayed here. The Root Family Museum also includes an astounding display of more than 800 Teddy bears as well as a large collection of quilts and a replica of an early 19th century pharmacy. Two mid-century train cars are on display in a covered outdoor area adjacent to the museum, one of which was converted by the Root family into a private coach equipped with a kitchen, living room and enough beds to sleep their six children.

The temporary exhibitions at MOAS are as diverse and varied as the collections. Currently, visitors can view Women Painting Florida, Discover the Florida Mastadon, stand under the towering 13-foot tall Giant Ground Sloth and marvel at A Treasury of Indian and Persian Miniature Paintings.

Depending on your interest, you may spend more than two hours in the museum, or you may be able to take in the parts you wish to see most in about an hour.

$10.95 for seniors and students,
$12.95 for adults, $6.95 for children ages 6-17
and free for members and children age 5 and younger.
Tue – Sat, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed Mon.



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