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Racing fans rejoice: At the Halifax Historical Museum, old racing photographs and artifacts sidle antique model cars. But this neoclassical-style building is also a monument to Daytona's history in general: The museum is housed in the former Merchants Bank Building – a fixture in downtown Daytona Beach since 1910. A bank teller's window is still visible in a remote corner, and you'll also find topical displays on the Civil War and American Indians.

Recent visitors said this small museum is jam-packed with history. Others said a stop here provided a nice way to learn about the history of the area.

You'll find the Halifax Historical Museum on the mainland side of the Halifax River, less than a mile from the city center. The museum welcomes visitors Tuesday through Friday, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission for adults costs $7 with discounts for children. Admission on Thursdays is by donation. For more information, visit the Halifax Historical Museum's website.

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