A ‘Major Cultural Institution’ as designated by the Florida Department of State, the Museum of Arts and Sciences (MOAS) in Daytona Beach is Florida’s only American Association of Museums-accredited general art, science and Florida history museum. Since its inception as the Halifax Children’s Museum in 1955, through its chartering by the State of Florida in 1962 and first AAM accreditation in 1977, MOAS has been formally recognized by both the City of Daytona Beach and the County of Volusia as the region’s cornerstone cultural and heritage institution. In 2000, the Museum was designated an official Smithsonian Institution Affiliate. The Museum strives to serve all members of our population including children, seniors, families, young adults, undeserved communities and people with varying physical abilities. The objective of our educational programming is to provide opportunities for students and adults of all ages and abilities to expand their intellectual investigation within the broad areas of art, science, history and the environment. In total, the Museum serves approximately 115,000 visitors each year.