The Museum of Arts & Sciences (MOAS) is the primary art, science and history museum in Central Florida. The area's largest museum, MOAS is nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate. Located on a 90-acre Florida nature perserve, the facility hosts over 30,000 objects including the Dow Gallery of American Art, one of the finest collections of American art in the Southeast, the Schulte Gallery of Chinese Art, the Bouchelle Collection and the Gallery of Decorative Arts, the Cuban Foundation Museum, showcasing one of the most significant collections of Cuban paintings in the United States; the Prehistory of Florida Gallery featuring Florida's Giant Ground Sloth skeleton and the Root Family Museum displaying restored railroad cars, antique automobiles and the largest collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia in Florida. The Helene B. Roberson Visible Storage Building exhibits thousands of objects from many donors which are owned by the Museum, while the Linda and Charles Williams Children's Museum presents an interactive experience for children. A new state-of-the-art planetarium and the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art showcasing the largest collection of Florida-based art in the world, rounds out the areas to explore inside the Museum of Arts & Sciences.
MOAS is a not-for-profit educational institution founded in 1955 and chartered by the State of Florida in 1962. The Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. MOAS renews over 5,000 memberships annually representing over 17,000 individuals. The Museum publishes Art & Sciences magazine quarterly along with catalogs and books specific to its permanent collections.
An off-site exhibit MOAS has to offer is Gamble Place. Nestled among the Spruce Creek Preserve, this stunning property features Florida's rich natural environment and a unique historic past told by the property's three historic houses. Gamble Place has been developed and restored by the Museum of Arts & Sciences in cooperation with the Nature Conservancy. It is now a 175-acre park with trails that cover five different ecosystems and is home to many endangered and threatened species.
The basic purposes of the Museum are:
- To render educational and cultural service to the local community, the region, and the State of Florida through collection, conservation, presentation and interpretation of original and significant objects which are important components of the artistic, scientific and historical legacy of our multicultural and multi-ethnic society.
- To achieve this mission by developing, building and maintaining multinational and multidisciplinary collections, exhibitions, research, and teaching facilities within the scope of the Museum, namely the broad areas of art, science and history, with particular emphasis on Florida history; and to initiate, exhibit and promote, alone or in conjunction with other museums or educational institutions, programs for bringing about a better understanding and appreciation of the world in which we live.