The Museum of Arts & Sciences 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 Institute Affiliate. Situated in beautiful Tuscawilla Preserve, the Museum features the Klancke Environmental Education Complex; The Root Family Museum with popular Americana including vintage automobiles, railroad cars and the largest collection of Coca-Cola® memorabilia in Florida. MOAS also houses The Cuban Foundation Museum; The Charles and Linda Williams Children's Museum; Helene B. Roberson Visible Storage Building; Florida's prehistoric Giant Ground Sloth skeleton; African artifacts; the finest collection of American art in the Southeast; a Chinese art collection and a planetarium presenting daily star shows. Scheduled to open in 2015, MOAS will be the home of the new Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art featuring the most extensive collection of Florida art anywhere in the world.
New! Helene B. Roberson Visible Storage Building. Opened in February 2011, The Helene B. Roberson Visible Storage Building is unique in the state of Florida. The state-of-the-art, 4,400 square foot addition to the Museum displays important works from the Museum’s collection in a glass-fronted, open storage format. Currently on display are selections from the Museum’s extensive European and American furniture collection, as well as significant art and artifacts from the Arts in the Age of Napoleon Collection, one of the most richly historic collections of Napoleonic holdings in the Southeastern United States. This building was made possible through a generous donation from Mrs. Helene B. Roberson and funding from the County of Volusia Echo grant program.
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.
The Dow Museum of Historic Houses (formerly known as Old St. Augustine Village), located in the heart of the nation's oldest city, is owned and operated by MOAS. With one city block and four centuries of history, the Dow Museum is the perfect place for visitors to begin their tour of St. Augustine. Included in the 1572 town plan of St. Augustine, the site consists of nine houses dating from 1790 - 1910.
Another 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.