Education

Schedule Your MOAS Field Trip

Reservations

Review the educational guides and submit a Field Trip Request Form to either groupinfo@moas.org or nicolem@moas.org. You request will be answered as soon as possible. Please fill out the entire form. If the dates that you have submitted are already booked, we will try our best to make accommodations for your group. 

Payment 

Payment for the Field Trip should be made the day of the trip. Payment can be made by check, money order, cash, or credit card. 

Cancellation

If you need to cancel your Field Trip, please contact the Group Tour office at 386-255-0285 ext. 312 at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled visit. 

Chaperone Requirements and Responsibilities

MOAS requires one adult chaperone for every 10 students. Adults accompanying the group beyond the required number of chaperones will pay the program rate ($8.00). Chaperones are responsible for the behavior of the group and are required to supervise and stay with students at all time during the field trip. 

Program Rates

You may choose three activities for $8.00 per student, or four activities for $9.50 per student. Only one stage show is permitted. 

Gallery tours include the Root Family Museum, the Prehistory of Florida Gallery, the American Art Gallery, and the Cuban Museum. The Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art is included, but only by special requests. 

Hands-on classes include Hands-on Energy, Milky Way, Fossils, or Oceans of the Deep. Hands-on classes are reserved for small groups (60 students or less). 

Program Specific Program (if applicable) Length of Program
Stage Show Energy, Fossils, Egypt 30 - 40 minutes
Planetarium Show   45 minutes
Children's Museum   30 minutes
Gallery Tours Root Family Museum, Prehistory of Florida Gallery, American Art Gallery, Cuban Museum 30 minutes
Hands-on Classes Milky Way, Energy, Oceans of the Deep, Fossils 30 minutes per group

 

Group Guidelines and Rules

  • No large backpacks unless carrying medicine for students.
  • No food or drink allowed. Drinking fountains are available throughout the Museum.
  • No touching of the artwork or glass cases. Keep a safe distance from all artwork. No climbing on the sculptures in the Sculpture Garden.
  • No running, rough play, pushing, or yelling.
  • Please move through the Museum halls quietly in straight lines.
  • Chaperones must stay with the group.
  • Photography is allowed without the use of a flash.
  • Please help clean up the Children's Museum before your departure.
  • Have fun while learning!

Directions and Bus Parking

Please have bus drivers pull into the south parking lot (next to the Sculpture Garden and the Children's Museum). The bus driver will park in the south parking lot. Lunches stay on the bus if the group is eating on the MOAS campus. 

Field Trip Details

Galleries and Children's Museum

  • Charles and Linda Williams Children's Museum: Walk through the Children's Museum and discover the latest and greatest hands-on exhibits the MOAS has to offer. This is the first museum in Volusia County to feature exhibits focusing on physics and engineering. Students will love this interactive and fun approach to science! 
  • Root Family Museum: The Root Family Museum features one of the largest Coca-Cola memorabilia collections in the world, 800 teddy bears, Indy Series cars, two historic railroad cars, and other popular Americana. 
  • Cuban Museum: The Cuban Foundation Museum is home to one of the most important collections of Cuban fine and folk art outside of Cuba. The collection chronicles 300 years of Cuban history and art in more than 200 objects. Highlights include extremely rare 18th, 19th, and early 20th century maps, documents, lithographs, painting, furniture, sculpture, and ceramics. 
  • Early American Art: The Dow Gallery of American Art is designed to showcase selections from the Museum's largest growing American collection of furniture, painting, watercolors, drawings, and the decorative arts including silver and glass. The gallery is interpreted chronologically with emphasis on the Pilgrim Century, the 18th century and the American Victorian Period. 
  • Prehistory of Florida Gallery: The impressive 13-foot tall skeleton of the Eremotherium laurilladi or Giant Ground Sloth was excavated in 1975, in an important Pleistocene fossil site call the Daytona Bone Bed. Dr. Gordon Edmund, Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at Canada's Royal Ontario Museum, identified and reconstructed the sloth for MOAS.

Stage Shows

  • Energy: During this show an educator explains how energy is all around us using sound, light, heat, electricity, and wind as examples. Every audience participant becomes part of the show in this interactive, informative, and entertaining approach to the physics of energy!
  • Fossils: Discover our amazing collections of fossils dating back to the Mesozoic Era and learn about one of the Earth's most successful species. 
  • Life in Ancient Egypt: This show teaches students about the science of archaeology and how ancient artifacts are excavated. Learn about the importance of the Nile River, mummies, pyramids, pharaohs, and hieroglyphs as the real life of Ancient Egypt is illustrated on stage. 

Hands-On Classes (reserved for smaller school groups)

  • Hands-On the Milky Way: Students will explore the wonders of our own galaxy through various hands-on activities as they learn about orbits, stars, planets, moons, and many other fascinating phenomena. The students will also be able to understand the size of our planetary neighborhood by building a scale model of the Solar System. 
  • Hands-On Energy: Students will get "hands-on" and build circuits to perform various tasks. As the basics of electricity are explained, the students are challenged to complete a series of energy related tasks from our Van Der Graff Generator to finishing a batteries flow. 
  • Hands-On Oceans of the Deep: Students will learn about ancient and modern oceans and how they have changed over time due to the plate tectonics. From the ancient shark Megalodon to the gentle and giant blue whale, all the plants and animals of our oceans will have a place in this show. the tiniest plants and animals are also included (phytoplankton and zooplankton) and their important role in the food chain is not forgotten. The lasting impression is the human impact on oceans and what we can do to protect our greatest natural resource. 
  • Hands-On Fossils: Students will tour the Prehistory of Florida Gallery and discover the ancient animals of our state including the Giant Ground Sloth and other ice age mammals. Students will then participate in a science lab consisting of sorting and identifying Florida fossils as well as studying bones and artifacts.