Living Here

Arts & Culture

Volusia County is packed with a surprising number of artistic riches. With nearly a dozen fine art galleries, numerous art, science, and history museums, and an array of theaters, this area has more than enough to quench your cultural desires. For a complete listing of the county’s cultural offerings, click here.

Museums

The Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach houses the largest collection of Cuban Art outside of Cuba, as well as one of the finest collections of American Art in the Southeast. It is also home to Coca Cola entrepreneur Chapman Root’s lifetime collection of Americana, and two railcars are on display. With a theater, planetarium and children’s center, there’s more than enough fun for the whole family!

Learn about Florida's heritage through art at The Museum of Florida Art in DeLand, which showcases art works by Florida artists. With pieces from Nigeria, Haiti, South America, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Ethiopia, Kenya, and many other countries, DeLand’s African American Museum of the Arts provides an eclectic mix of pieces from around the globe.  View a modern gallery of artwork for sale at Arts on Douglas Fine Art and Collectibles.

Daytona Beach’s rich history is on display at the Halifax Historical Museum. With both permanent and changing exhibits, it includes an extensive collection of cherished archives, as well as exciting children’s exhibits. Visit the Ormond Memorial Art Museum & Gardens which houses the work of prominent Florida, regional and national artists, as well as other unique exhibits. The Memorial Gardens, a tranquil urban oasis, is nestled in the heart of Ormond Beach adjoining the Museum, and is a perfect location for a picnic.

Performing Arts

The Ocean Center is a multi-purpose convention center and entertainment complex that is located just across the street from the Atlantic Ocean. Throughout the year, it hosts numerous meetings, conventions, concerts and performances in its beautiful, state of the art facility. Enjoy performances by world renowned orchestras, soloists, and dance troupes at the historic Peabody Auditorium brought to you by the Daytona Beach Symphony Society.

Sands Theater Center, Inc. and historic Athens Theater in DeLand hosts theater and film festivals, musicals, and other live performances. A historical landmark, the Daytona Beach Bandshell not only provides a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean, but is also home to the Friends of the Bandshell Concert Series, a collection of free concerts held from April through October.

Historic Landmarks

To learn about the history of the county, take a step back in time at DeBary Hall Historic Site which was the winter retreat of Frederick deBary, a European-born wine merchant who chose the St. Johns River country for his hunting estate in the 1870s. DeBary Hall is worth exploring and offers guided tours focusing on the St. Johns River region.The Casements in Ormond Beach former winter home of John D. Rockefeller is now on the National Register of Historic Places. The Casements serves as a cultural center for Ormond Beach with creative experiences for all ages, including classes, exhibits, events, gift shop and meeting spaces.