6 Museums in Daytona Beach You Can’t Miss
Oil paintings, automobiles, and ancient artifacts. Discover all this and more when you visit the museums in Daytona Beach. Whether you want to learn something new or simply admire beautiful views, these top six museums in Volusia County are worth the visit during your next trip to the World's Most Famous Beach.
Museum of Arts & Sciences
As the largest museum in the Daytona Beach area, visitors of the Museum of Arts & Sciences (MOAS) can spend a few hours or a few days exploring the different exhibits and smaller museums found here such as the Cuban Foundation Museum or the Lowell and Nancy Lohman Planetarium. MOAS also houses the following museums and exhibits:
- Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art - the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art in Daytona Beach is home to the largest collection of Florida art in the world. View exhibits featuring paintings, engravings, photographs and more inspired by the state's history, people, and landscapes.
- Root Family Museum - discover all things Coca-Cola with the extensive collection of memorabilia at the Root Family Museum. Visitors can also see two mid-century train cars and a collection of more than 800 teddy bears.
- Charles and Linda Williams Children's Museum - kids will love the interactive, hands-on exhibits found in the children's museum wing at MOAS. Exhibits range from operating a pizza restaurant to learning about electric circuits.
- Tuscawilla Preserve - explore 90 acres of lush habitat at the Tuscawilla Preserve. Learn about endangered flora and fauna while walking the nature trails at the park or visit the education center and interactive learning stations.
Ponce de Leon Lighthouse Museum
Climb the tallest lighthouse in Florida and take in breathtaking panoramic views when you visit the Ponce De Leon Lighthouse Museum. Visitors can tour the original structures built in the late 1800s while learning about the light station and its history in guiding explorers and mariners.
Halifax Historical Museum
Located in the old Merchant's Bank Building, the Halifax Historical Museum showcases a variety of exhibits that tell the story of the Halifax River area dating back to 2,500 B.C.E. Visit this Daytona Beach museum to learn about Native Americans who once inhabited the land, the history of racing, and much more.
Jackie Robinson Museum
Visit the ballpark where Jackie Robinson made history as the first African American baseball player to play in a Major League Baseball spring training game. Today, the Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach is home to the Daytona Tortugas, a statue of Robinson, and a museum. Tour the museum and take a walk along the stadium's Riverwalk which features informational plaques.
Living Legends of Auto Racing Museum
With some of the most well-known biking and racing events in the world, it's no surprise that Daytona Beach is also home to the Living Legends of Auto Racing Museum. Visitors to the museum can learn about the origins of beach and stock car racing through photographs, a vintage car collection, and racing artifacts.
Lilian Place Heritage Center
Built in 1884 by one of the city's first settlers Laurence Thompson, the Lilian Place Historic House is now a museum for visitors to view the restored Victorian architecture and period furniture while learning about the history of Daytona Beach. Take a guided tour of this historic Daytona Beach museum or reserve your spot for Victorian Tea at the Hotchkiss House next door.