The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery offers a variety of exhibits that are designed to mix engaging educational experiences with entertaining interactions. Visitors of all ages enjoy innovative subject matter that is easy to grasp, fun to explore, and allows visitors to discover their inner scientist, archaeologist, zoologist, and more!

Current Featured Exhibits

Enjoy our internally curated exhibition, Cut From the Same Cloth in Fraze Gallery. Then, embark on a deep sea adventure in the Main Exhibit Hall with Extreme Deep: Into the Abyss.

Collections A to Z

What makes a museum... a museum? Did you know... that the Dayton Society of Natural History curates approximately 1.8 million objects across various disciplines? The anthropology collection is our largest (1.4 million items) and is dominated by archaeological specimens, including artifacts excavated... Learn More

Permanent Exhibits

Because the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is a children’s museum, science/technology center, and accredited zoo there are dozens of exciting exhibits for people of all ages and interests.

Exhibit Construction

The Boonshoft Museum is renovating and making improvements to some of your favorite spaces! To help plan your visits, please be aware of the following schedule of CURRENT projects* Construction on the second floor for our new Cafe is... Learn More

Kids Place

Are you looking for a safe, hands-on play area for your youngest ones? Kids Place provides an expansive, sheltered place for fun, interactive activity for children ages 4 and younger. Using tactile learning tools, large muscle activity – and with plenty... Learn More

Bieser Discovery Center

The Bieser Discovery Center is currently under construction... Stay tuned for The Bieser Room of Wonders | Coming SPRING/SUMMER 2022!

Strictly Briks at the Boonshoft Museum

Opening May 5, 2018, this new space invites visitors of all ages to flex their creative muscles at a NEW building station on the second floor of the Boonshoft Museum. This space features slightly oversized “briks” in an expanded assortment... Learn More

Explorers Crossing

Shop as you discover shapes, colors, and numbers, become a veterinarian, tune up a car, prepare a pizza, and learn the importance of recycling—it’s all part of the educational fun of Explorers Crossing, where kids discover... Learn More

MeadWestvaco Treehouse

A remarkable permanent exhibit space, the MeadWestvaco Treehouse is just that: a fully-enclosed treehouse that extends beyond the traditional walls of the Museum to grant better access to the natural world. While inside, learn about environmental preservation, see images of... Learn More

Discovery Zoo

They are adorable, furry, feathered, and sometimes even scaly, but most visitors agree – the residents of the Discovery Zoo are a must-see on every trip to the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. Managed by the Live Animals Department, the Discovery... Learn More

Oscar Boonshoft Science Central

Visit Science Central to dive into a world of hands-on science fun. Whether you are conducting a hands-on experiment in the Do Lab or making a splash at the water table, the interactive learning opportunities are endless! Climbing Tower &... Learn More

Hall of the Universe

Have you ever questioned our place in the universe? Study astronomy in the Hall of the Universe, where a stroll through the cosmos lets you learn about our galaxy, and explore the beautiful, intriguing complexities of space.   After exploring... Learn More

Science On a Sphere®

This exhibit is currently CLOSED due to construction on the Second Floor. Will re-open in Spring of 2022!!  The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery invites you to enjoy Science On a Sphere®. Go where you’ve never been... Learn More


Splash your way through this exhibition that explores the story of water in the Miami Valley!  Discover more about our local aquifers, learn about conservation efforts and what you can do to preserve this natural resource, and even explore... Learn More

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