Where else can you see collections of Cuban, Chinese and African art next to the skeleton of a giant ground sloth, two private railroad cars, and the second-largest collection of Coca-Cola memorbilia in the world? Take a look at why Daytona Beach’s Museum of Arts & Sciences is one of the most eclectic museums in the nation and one of the most underrated cultural attractions in the state of Florida.
Six Incredible Facts About Daytona’s Museum of Arts & Sciences
- The museum houses the largest permanent exhibition of Cuban art outside of Cuba.
- The Root Family Museum is a complete museum within itself. The 24,000 square-foot wing includes an expansive collection of Americana including two rail cars, hundreds of teddy bears, an old-fashioned soda fountain, race cars and Coca-Cola-related artifacts.
- A 9,300 square-foot children’s museum contains hands-on exhibits which demonstrate the principles of science, engineering and physics.
- The 13-foot tall skeleton of the Giant Ground Sloth believed to be more than 130,000-years-old was unearthed just down the road from the museum in 1975. It is the best preserved and most complete fossil of the species in North America.
- A state-of-the-art visible storage building showcases important artifacts from the museum’s impressive collection in a glass-fronted, open storage format. It’s the only facility of its kind in the state of Florida.
- The museum’s reach goes far beyond the Daytona Beach campus. MOAS owns and operates a 150-acre preserve in nearby Port Orange known as Gamble Place. It features a cracker-style house constructed by the founder of consumer goods giant, Proctor & Gamble in 1907.