The North Wing of the Museum of Arts & Sciences is one of the original wings of the Museum. The North Wing features permanent collections and exhibits such as the Kenneth Worchester Dow and Mary Mohan Dow Gallery of American Art, the Helena and William Schulte Gallery of Chinese Art, the Helene B. Roberson Visible Storage Building, and the Anderson C. Bouchelle Study Center and Gallery for International Decorative Arts. The North Wing also contains several spaces for rotating and traveling exhibitions.
Edward E. and Jane B. Ford Gallery
On display through September 29, 2019
Throughout most of its history, Florida has been underwater. Portions of the Florida peninsula have been above or below sea level at least four different times. As glaciers of ice in the north expanded and melted, the Florida peninsula emerged and submerged. Florida, both under and above water has had an interesting ecological history with amazing animals, some extinct and some still alive today. The Nature of It: Florida's Past and Present showcases some of the Museum's Florida specimens alongside pieces on loan from other museums to illustrate the breadth of Florida flora and fauna past and present.
The Museum's extraordinary collection of Florida fossils, shells, and other specimens offer a glimpse into the natural history of the state. Immerse yourself in the world of the whale, dolphin, bear, manatee, and other animals that have shaped Florida's past and continue to shape its future. A full set of giant Megalodon shark jaws on loan from the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, Florida will be one of the highlights of the exhibit.
Photo Credit: Megalodon Jaw, Florida Museum of Natural History
Bouchelle Changing Gallery
On display through August 25, 2019
Early American folk art from the 18th century through the 19th century is a testament to the efforts of everyday Americans to decorate and embellish their environment with whatever means available to them. Conceived through modest means and with humble materials, these works are nevertheless charming reminders of the early decades of our young country and often reveal artistic traditions brought over from the old country. For example, folk art from rural Pennsylvania in centuries past is often referred to as “Pennsylvania Dutch” which was actually a misinterpretation of “Deutsch” (German). Fine examples of this tradition from a recent gift will be on view as well as works of many media including paintings, furniture, textiles, and decorative arts to provide a view into the early rural and working-class life of European immigrants in America.
Image: Pennsylvania, 18th Century, Blanket Chest (detail), Polychromed wood, Gift of Daniel W. Callahan, 2018.04.001
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.