Take a break from the sun and soak up some of the Daytona Beach area’s rich history in immersive exhibits, impressive art galleries, and interactive experiences. Trust us, these must-see museums are more than just rainy day destinations.
Halifax Historical Museum
Housed in the former 1910 Merchant’s Bank building, this downtown museum showcases the history of the greater Daytona Beach area with artifacts dating from 2,500 to 5,000 B.C. A few of its most popular permanent exhibits include The Racing Zone, The Civil War in Florida, Pioneer Life, Victorian Households, Volusia County Lifeguards & Handmade Surf Boards, and Resort Hotels of Yesteryear.
This Smithsonian-affiliated museum is the largest in the area, boasting a state-of-the-art planetarium, a lush, 90-acre nature preserve, an extensive array of permanent collections, and a kid-friendly hands-on science center—the only one between Jacksonville and Orlando.
Feast your eyes on the largest collection of Florida art in the world at this art gallery-meets -history-museum. This museum is part of the Museum of Arts and Sciences. Featuring a rotating collection of 2,600 Florida-themed oil and watercolor paintings, you’ll soak in the rich history of the Sunshine State at this immersive museum.