A Day of Fun at The Museum of Arts and Sciences
The Museum of Arts and Sciences, or MOAS, is the largest museum in Central Florida. A visit to the museum brings you entertainment and a learning exposure to history, art and science. Located in a 90-acre nature preserve, this facility houses more than 30,000 nationally applauded collections including American Art, Cuban Art, decorative arts, a state-of-the-art planetarium, the Root Family museum showcasing restored railroad cars, Charles and Linda Williams Children’s Museum, The Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art, and more.
Exploring the Museum of Arts and Sciences
Exploration #1 – The Charles and Linda Williams Children’s Museum
Opened in November 2008, the children’s museum is designed to be a fun and safe place for kids to play featuring award-winning exhibits that will enhance their senses and unleash their creativity skills. This will give them a hands-on opportunity to learn more about science.
Bring your kids to any of the following exhibits to enjoy and explore: I Got Rhythm, CSI, Race Track Build Stations, Pull Yourself Up, Post and Panel, Video Light Microscope, I Want to be a Doctor, Radiology, Roller Coaster, Build Tables, I Want to be a Builder, Wall Gears, Srobe String, Electric Circuits, Pizza Place, Art Classroom, Laser Harp, Tennis Ball Launcher and Velcro Ball Fall. Learn more about each exhibition here.
Exploration #2 – The Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art
This 26,000 square-foot building is home to the largest collection of Florida Art in the world carrying more than 2,600 oil and watercolor paintings. The signature pieces can be found at the Grand Central gallery and mezzanine.
Exploration #3 – Gamble Place
In this 175-acre property features the “Florida cracker-style” house called “Egwanulti”, meaning “by the water” which was used as a winter retreat built in 1907. You will also find the Citrus Packing House in its original location. Guests will experience the same pristine environment that James N. Gamble of Procter & Gamble first visited in the area in the late 1800s.
Exploration #4 – The North Wing
The North Wing is one of the original wings of the Museum of Arts & Sciences. The Helene B. Roberson Visible Storage Building, Kenneth Worchester Dow and Mary Mohan Dow Gallery of American Art, Anderson C. Bouchelle Study Center and Gallery for International Decorative Arts, and Helena and William Schulte Gallery of Chinese Art are the permanent collections and exhibits at the North Wing.
Exploration #5 – The Planetarium
Experience a full hemispherical dome space films, a night sky tour, an engaging talk from a scientist, or listen to a laser rock concert every second Saturday of the month. See the full planetarium schedule before heading to the museum.
Exploration #6 – Root Family Museum
The Root Family Museum is where you will find the largest Coca-Cola memorabilia collections in the world including various selections of glass works/bottles, vending machines, mid-century train cars, Silver Holly (converted by the Root family into a private coach with kitchen, living room and 6 beds for the kids), the 1948 “Hiawatha” (a fully restored Milwaukee Road Skytop Lounge car) and over 800 bears, making it Florida’s largest collection of Teddy Bears.
Exploration #7 – The West Wing
This is where the Cuban Foundation, the Prehistory of Florida Gallery, Mary Louise Marzullo Gallery, and Elaine and Thurman Gillespy, Jr. Gallery are found.
The Museum of Arts and Sciences is open daily Mondays to Saturdays, 10am to 5pm, and on Sundays 11am to 5pm. You can also visit their website for more information.
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