Find a new appreciation for the amazing technology intertwined into our lives as we take a look at the astounding technology developed for America's iconic space program. On loan from NASA and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, is a vast collection of training and space flown hardware starting with Project Mercury through to the Space Shuttle Program and beyond. You will find a rocket engine, space suit gear, spacewalking tools, planting growing station, materials used on Apollo craft and the Space Shuttle, and even a Space Shuttle toilet! These artifacts and more will highlight the technology that has been needed to operate in the harsh environment of space, and how those vital components were adapted for the public into everyday items in what NASA calls "spinoffs".
This exhibition brings to light some of the many historic maps in the MOAS collection. From Europe, Asia, South America, and the United States, examples from over 500 years of mapmaking are included showing mankind's long desire to chart "a sense of place" for itself on the planet. Whether it was to help guide nomadic peoples or later to define borders, maps have played an important role in human culture and history. Some of the earliest examples that still exist came from the Babylonians who drew maps on clay tablets, some of which have been dated to around 2300 BC. Today we use GPS and Google Maps as computers and satellite imaging have made mapping more accurate than ever. However, hundreds of years of advancements in cartography were necessary to bring us to where we are now and this exhibition highlights this ancient art through antique maps from around the world.
Spanning many cultures, time periods, and media, the Forms of Fancy exhibition highlights the depths of the collections as one of the inaugeral exhibitions celebrating the Museum's new renovation and expansion. It mirrors the many facets of MOAS with works ancient to present day and classical to contemporary, focusing primarily but not exclusively on human or animal figures.
On February 26, 2011, the Museum of Arts and Science (MOAS) hosted the opening of the new 4,400 square foot addition of the Helene B. Roberson Visible Storage Building. A more-than-generous donation from Helene B. Roberson and funding from the Volusia County ECHO program supported the construction of the new addition.
After three years of planning and one year of construction, the now 4,000 square foot gallery finally opened its highly-anticipated North Wing (now part of a larger North Wing), also known as “Arts in America: 1700- 1900” on May 20, 1986. This museum gallery was the only one of its kind in the state of Florida at the time. The historic new gallery was designed to showcase selections from the Museum’s large and growing American collection of furniture, paintings, watercolors, drawings, and decorative arts including silver and glass. The gallery is interpreted chronologically with emphasis on the Pilgrim Century, the Eighteenth Century and the American Victorian Period.
This one-of-a-kind gallery is highlighted by 18th and 19th century silver, gold, furniture, mirrors, and other art objects. The Anderson C. Bouchelle Study Center and Gallery for International Decorative Arts and its adjacent gallery contain over 600 objects from the Museum’s collections. From the Carrera marble statue of a classical maiden at the gallery entrance, to the richly-colored Tiffany-inspired Romeo and Juliet glass door at the rear, this gallery installation is a feast of the decorative arts.
Established in 1996, the Schulte Gallery showcases over 80 pieces of Chinese art representing thousands of years of Chinese history. The collection includes a selection of decorative Chinese arts donated to the Museum from the Schulte family, along with works of art from other donors.