Art Nouveau was a French term given to a movement that dominated European decorative arts in the years c. 1890-1910. Partly in reaction to the rise of machine-made objects, this elegant style embraced natural, curvilinear lines in subject matter and form as it overtook architecture, graphic art, interior design, and most of the decorative arts including jewelry, furniture, textiles, household silver and other utensils, and lighting, as well as the fine arts. MOAS has many fine examples of Art Nouveau in graphic art, sculpture, glass, porcelain, and brass and these will be showcased in an exhibition outside the Bouchelle Gallery for International Decorative Arts.
The MOAS Natural History Collection is a physical record of life forms on Earth and many cannot be easily collected again. Explore and discover the breadth and scope of the Museum’s natural history collection. The Museum’s collection spans a vast array of specimens from fossils, minerals, and sea life to a world-class mollusk collection. Discover how these animals adapted over time and became evolutionary success stories. Explore the beautiful biodiversity of the Museum’s collection.
Florida history is often told through the stories of mighty men finding land they believed was unclaimed but another history of the state can be told through the postcards and attraction brochures of the first half of the 20th century. Not only can the history be told, it can be recreated by today’s tourists and Florida residents alike by visiting the original attractions of the early 20th century that continue to be operated to this day.
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.