90 Professional Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
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Arts & Museums
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.
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.
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 history of racing, vintage motorcycles, and other cars are all displayed in period backgrounds at this museum where you'll see stock cars, famous movie and TV cars, collector cars, and muscle cars. Guided tours are available and a motorsports memorabilia gift shop, as well as a 1950's style soda fountain and ice cream parlor, add to the nostalgic setting.
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.
Established by the Smithsonian Institute, this exhibit is located in the Carl S. Swisher Library and showcases the contributions of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Black Cabinet," of which Mary McLeod Bethune was a member.
Developed by the Rosewood Heritage Foundation and located in the Carl S. Swisher Library, this exhibit depicts and chronicles life in the community of Rosewood, Florida, from 1845 to the infamous Rosewood Massacre of January 1, 1923, which left Rosewood in ashes. The exhibit includes photographs, books, and newspaper accounts, as well as an original script from the movie "Rosewood" and other artifacts from that era, all given by the survivors and their descendants.
Located in the Mary McLeod Bethune Fine Arts Center, this gallery showcases changing exhibits that feature the work of artists throughout the Southeast. A permanent collection of African art is also on display.
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.
A nonprofit interdisciplinary artist-in-residence community and education facility which is dedicated to promoting artistic excellence and features art in all mediums including visual, performing, composing, and literary.
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.