Spanning more than nine thousand square feet, the Charles and Linda Williams Children Museum features an abundance of exhibits to entertain and educate. With twenty different exhibits covering a wide range of topics, from I Got Rhythm! to Crime Scene Investigators, there is something to pique the interest of every child who visits. Most of the exhibits are hands-on, interactive experiences, teaching kids through doing and experimenting. These include a laser harp, video light microscope, race track building station and more. The Children's Museum also features classes for children of a wide range of ages, and includes after school, preschool and home school classes.
Temporary exhibitions at the MOAS keep the Museum constantly refreshed, with something new to see with every visit. Past exhibitions have includes such topics as Africa: Up Close and Personal, Images of Historic St. Augustine, Discovery of the Daytona Mastodon, Chinese Kites by the artist Sheng-li-Gao, and many more. Changing every few months, these exhibits compliment the Museum's permanent arts and sciences collections.
Tuscawilla Park and Nature Preserve
The Museum of Arts and Sciences is more than just the exhibits. Its location on a 90 acre nature preserve incorporates the native Florida landscape and habitats into the Museum. The Tuscawilla Preserve conserves virgin Florida habitat, including many endangered plant and animal species. The preserve is comprised of a specific type of wet forest known as a hydric hammock, and is a rare ecosystem found in Florida. The preserve came into existence in 1948 when two activists in the area convinced the City of Daytona to purchase the land for $38,000. The City made the area a park, preserving the land and safeguarding it from future development. The Museum of Arts and Sciences made its home there in 1971. In addition to the boardwalks and nature trails to traverse in the preserve, the Klancke Environmental Education Complex, opened in 2005, provides additional learning opportunities. The education center features a sensory garden, hands-on exhibits and educational programs.
In addition to the wide range of exhibits, activities, and shows to see at the Museum of Arts and Sciences, the center also offers periodic events to engage and entice. Past events have included such occasions as Italian Wine Tasting, Passport to Rio, and the Halifax Art Festival. In addition to the one time or annual events, MOAS also offers ongoing features, such as Yoga in the Gallery,summer camps and Laser Rock Concerts.The Museum's Calendar, available online, is the best place to go to see all the events on offer from the Museum of Arts and Sciences. From the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra concerts to Natural History Festival and Fossil Show, there is always something on at MOAS.
The Museum of Arts and Sciences is a mecca for learning in the Daytona area. Not only are the exhibits themselves educational, but the Museum also works with the community to provide additional educational opportunities. This includes field trips and classes designed to stir the imagination, targeting a wide range of grade levels. Additionally, the Arts and Sciences Magazine, a quarterly publication from MOAS, brings new knowledge and fascinating facts right into members' mailboxes. Audio Tours and Curator's Talks also provide another way to increase learning and make the most out of a visit to MOAS.