Daytona Beach is home to an impressive lineup of theaters, museums, artists and talent. Whether you prefer meandering through a museum, appreciating outdoor art or singing along at a live show, Daytona Beach has something for all art lovers! On your next visit, take a break from the beach to explore any number of cultural gems.
You could easily spend an entire day at the Smithsonian-affiliated Museum of Arts & Sciences (MOAS). Situated on 90 acres of pristine ecosystem, MOAS is the proud home to nationally recognized artworks and includes a Napoleonic collection, an American art collection, a Coca-Cola historical collection and the Cuban Foundation Museum collection. Beyond world-class fine and folk art collections, MOAS also features a state-of-the-art planetarium and a popular children’s museum.
Take a stroll through lush gardens, explore peaceful nature trails or peruse exhibits featuring the works of prominent Florida and international artists. Since 1946, this museum has served as a tribute to war veterans and the freedom they protect. Additionally, the museum honors creative equality with ever-changing exhibits featuring diverse talent. Come and see for yourself!
The Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art is home to the largest collection of Florida art in the world. With Florida-themed oil and watercolor paintings dating back to 1839, the collection is a must-see. The Brown Museum tells the story of Florida’s history through art — a visual memoir from truly unique perspectives. While you’re there, stop by the HoneyBaked Ham Café, which serves a variety of delicious soups, sandwiches, salads and coffees seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Regional and local artists are frequently featured at the Lee Gallery, a section of the expansive Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center. The gallery is the permanent home to a collection of African art, as well as Central Floridian art. Tours are available Monday through Friday — check the website to learn more.
Celebrated along historic Beach Street in Daytona Beach, this event is the second oldest continual art festival in the state of Florida! Approximately 45,000 people make their way to the riverfront each year for the festival, which features the works of over 200 fine artists and artisans from all over the country — and many from right here in Daytona Beach. Offering live entertainment, a student art competition, children's activities, and eclectic dining in many local restaurants and cafes, the Halifax Art Festival is a premier annual event in Central Florida and benefits the Museum of Arts & Sciences.
Founded in 1952, this nonprofit group is committed to bringing Daytona Beach the very best orchestras, opera, dance companies and much more. Its season runs from November to April and features world-renowned artists and groups at the Peabody Auditorium.
With many family-friendly productions, musicals, comedies and more, this playhouse features local talent at a good price. There’s truly something for everyone to enjoy. For the full lineup, click here.
Enjoy a truly unique cinema experience in Volusia County’s only full-time art-house cinema. Escape reality through a number of independent and foreign films, as well as opera, ballet and Shakespeare features. From poetry slams to comedy improv night to “Movies Under the Stars,” there’s always something fun going on at the theater. Check show times and events by clicking here!
The abovementioned attractions are only a few of many — for a full list of arts-related activities in Daytona Beach, click here. From arts and culture to water sports and wildlife, Daytona Beach is brimming with endless adventures for the whole family. Start planning your trip today!