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“Not much for kids”

MOAS - Museum of Arts and Sciences
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Owner description: The Museum of Arts & Sciences (MOAS) is the primary art, science and history museum in Central Florida. The area's largest museum, MOAS is nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate. Located on a 90-acre Florida nature preserve, the 100,000 square foot facility is host to over 30,000 objects including the Dow Gallery of American Art, one of the finest collections of American art in the Southeast, the Schulte Gallery of Chinese Art, the Bouchelle Collection and Gallery of Decorative Arts, the largest and most comprehensive collection in the South, and the Root Family Museum featuring restored railroad cars, antique automobiles and the largest collection of Coca-Cola(R) memorabilia in Florida. The Helene B. Roberson Visible Storage Building exhibits thousands of objects from many donors which are owned by the Museum, while the Linda and Williams Children's Museum presents an interactive experience for children. A new state-of-the-art planetarium and the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art showcasing the largest collection of Florida-based art in the world, rounds out areas to explore inside the Museum of Arts & Sciences. The Museum's new West Wing will open to the public on October 30, 2015. The West Wing contains the Gillespy Gallery of Sub-Saharan African artifacts, the Cuban Foundation Museum showcasing one of the most significant collections of Cuban paintings in the United States, and a prehistory of Florida gallery, featuring Florida's Giant Ground Sloth skeleton.
Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Not much for kids”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2014

I've done nearly every kids museum/ history/ science museum in the country- I understand that they're currently renovating, but I expected a little more. I was very glad I had only gone because I found a groupon for them. The kid's area was pretty sad, half the exhibits either didn't work or were missing all of the pieces required to do anything. The old cars were nice, and our son sort of looked at a few of the other displays, but if we hadn't taken two trips around the place it would have taken about 35 minutes total to see everything. There is a nice trail behind the museum, with a boardwalk and little speakers and displays about the wildlife and plants in the area. We spent as much time there as we did in the museum. ( Well, there and watching the concrete truck, I think that was the highlight for our son.) Not bad if you need a short indoors diversion, but try to find discount tickets or something.

Visited January 2014
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Naples, FL
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86 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Great Visit for a Non Beach Activity”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2013

The Florida prehistoric Giant Ground Sloth is worth the price of admission -- and the price was less thanks for the advice from a reviewer who pointed out that there is a coupon in the SEE magazine available everywhere. Would have been worth the full price, though.
We enjoyed the other exhibits such as the American art and furniture - the African exhibit - the Coca Cola exhibit. Fun Teddy Bear exhibit would be interesting for the kids. There is an exhibit about Napoleon. And, one of the most fun is the Visible Storage - like looking into your attic with all kinds of stuff that you don't know what to do with but can't part with.
Attended the planetarium talk about the night sky done by one of the staff. Very informative.
There is a major building program so this will be even better, but as it is, is well worth the time spent here.

Visited December 2013
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Jackson, Michigan
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49 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Some interesting exhibits”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2013

This is not the best museum but worth a stop. I think they are still recovering from a flood a couple years ago. Plan 1-2 hours. There is a $5 coupon in the see daytona book ($8 each beats $13). There are some interesting things if you look for them. The giant ground sloth fossil is really fun to see. I did also enjoy the visible storage. The exhibits are pretty specific, coca-cola, lots of family portraits, Napoleon Bonaparte (the plaster death mask is interesting), African masks, Cuban exhibit, Chinese pottery. For some reason the exhibits are not as engaging as at most museums. On a hot day wouldn't be bad. We did not see the children's area or the planetarium. Starting in the parking area there is a very nice boardwalk trail. We only walked a few minutes due to time but had we known, we may have made a trip just for a walk here.

Visited December 2013
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South Carolina
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69 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Pleasantly shocked”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2013

We were looking for something to do on a day with so so weather. We were shocked to find such an excellent museum in such an unexpected place. They had rooms that appealed to everyone's interest. Definitely recommend. We also got a coupon in one of the visitor books, but all agreed we would have gladly paid full price.

Visited November 2013
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Daytona Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“MOAS great hidden treasure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

A great little museum with everything from a giant sloth to a wide variety of art. The Coco Cola museum is a lot of fun especially for kids. Really worth a visit if you are visiting especially great for a not great beach day visit.

Visited November 2013
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