170 Williamson Blvd.
Ormond Beach, FL 32174
Phone: (386) 673-6030
Fax: (386) 673-7017
Arts & Museums
Ormond Memorial Art Museum And Gardens or OMAM as it is commonly known was opened in 1946 in honor of those who died in the gruesome World Wars. Paintings and exhibits from the days gone by adorn the walls of the spacious galleries, while the gardens provide a much needed respite to urban dwellers with their refreshing landscapes. Till date, this museum and garden has been providing inspiration to families, children, students, scientists, researchers and visitors. Events and tours are frequently held.
Having been around since 1992, the Southeast Museum of Photography is the pride of of Daytona Beach's photography community, as it continually strives to give emerging artists a break and to get themselves exhibited. The permanent exhibits, which number around 3500, include masterpieces by the greats such as Paul Strand and Sally Mann. This museum holds panel discussions, screenings, lectures and events often, and admission and parking is free.
The Museum of Arts and Sciences is not as serious as it sounds: the stunning exhibits here captivate adults and children alike. Frequent events like Night of the Paranormal, iPhone Application Parties and Easter Egg Hunts are well-attended by locals. Rooms within the building can be rented for kid's parties, celebrations and even corporate events where everything is taken care of including catering. If you need a break from all of the art and exhibits, stop by at their in-house cafe for some fresh salads, chicken sandwiches and coffee.
With a great location in the heart of the City Center, the Halifax Historical Museum is the right place to come to for a peek at some old photographs, vintage textbooks, furniture, records and other exhibits which document the life in the city. This non-profit organization receives support and patronage from the people of Daytona Beach who flock here for the events that are frequently organized like book sales, exhibitions, talks, lectures and more.
The Art League of Daytona Beach was founded in 1929 and it showcases works of local artists. It also holds regular art classes and workshops for new as well as established artists for refining their skills further. If you are a appreciator of art, this is the place to head to in Daytona Beach to catch rising art stars before they hit it big. Be advised that most of the classes here require participants to sign up beforehand.
If you're a race fan, then no visit to Daytona Beach can be complete without a visit to the Living Legends of Auto Racing Museum. Dedicated to honoring the pioneers of both stock car and beach racing, there's a lot of fast-paced history to explore here, not to mention a great assortment of events and activities throughout the year. At over 600 members strong, this volunteer-run organization is a sure bet for those looking to celebrate the sport alongside fellow enthusiasts.
A one-of-a-kind educational destination in Daytona Beach, the Marine Science Center is where kids and adults alike can go to learn about nature conservation efforts in the Volusia County area. The center offers many programs throughout the year, as well as a full array of year-round educational exhibits, including a 5,000 gallon aquarium. But perhaps most noticeably, the center is dedicated to the conservation and rehabilitation of native seabirds and giant sea turtles, serving as a sanctuary that educates the public about these beautiful animals.
Occupied by the DeLand Naval Air Station Museum, the Chief Master at Arms House is a historic structure in itself. Containing old photographs, military articles and a number of aircraft such as the TBF Avenger torpedo bomber, a MASH helicopter, 1941 Buick convertible and many others, the museum is any aviation lovers dream come true. There is a special room dedicated to the World War I with different kinds of uniforms and medallions. The museum building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.
A municipal airport was transformed into a Naval Air Station in 1941. This naval air station has in the past trained patrol bombers, dive bombers and so forth. Now, the site has been developed as the DeLand Naval Air Station Museum. Included in the National Register of Historic Places, this museum houses a collection pertaining to military and affiliated avenues.
Located in the heart of the historic district, the New Smyrna Museum of History helps visitors explore the Smyrna Beach's history with a chronological perimeter gallery, a permanent displays of Smyrna's founders and historical artifacts upstairs in the Sweet Room. The North Room displays new exhibits every three months. The museum also hosts a variety of events and contains a museum store and library that may be of interest to researchers.
A part of the prestigious Stetson University, the Gillespie Museum is a treasure trove of rocks and fossils. This is truly a mecca for all geology enthusiasts and has an astonishing collection of fossils and minerals. Apart from permanent exhibits, it also has temporary exhibitions on a regular basis. The museum goes beyond just being a showcase and actively conducts various programs that educate general public about geology. There are special educational sessions for students that cover different topics pertaining to earth and our environment The Gillespie Museum also features a gift shop that stocks books, journals, atlas, globes and similar objects. For additional information, please check website.
Located in the Stetson University, the Duncan Gallery of Art features contemporary works of art created by amateurs and students. The gallery is cozy and casual, filled with vibrant canvases. Take a moment and allow the beautiful art to seep in. The art-pieces are updated frequently.