Museum Info

Boonshoft Museum of

2600 DeWeese Parkway
Dayton, OH 45414
(937) 275-7431
Fax (937) 275-5811
TTY (937) 278-6076

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Monday – Saturday
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Closed: New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, Chistmas Eve, Christmas Day, Easter

General Admission

Children (3-16) $10.00
Seniors (60+) $11.00
Adults $13.00
Children under 3 and members are FREE.
Help us create a fun, safe environment for all our visitors! Children under 16 should always be accompanied by an adult in the Museum.
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Special Events

Guess Who's New to the Discovery Zoo!

Bat eared fox sign finalSurprise! We have some new additions coming to the Discovery Zoo and we're keeping it under wraps until June 12, when we invite guests to meet our newest animal friends! We will be dropping one hint a week via our Facebook and Twitter accounts so be sure to follow us so you can take a guess at who our new adorable residents are.








A Live Animal Birthday Celebration!

4 10 152Saturday, June 6, programming throughout the day

Our most famous meteorologist is turning five years old this June! Rosie, the Discovery Zoo's resident groundhog is inviting everyone to join her for an entire day of birthday festivities! Learn more about Rosie's fantastic weather-predicting powers, in addition to seeing her play with special gifts and munching on her birthday treats! Included with regular admission.






Pub Science: Learning to Fly

Tuesday, June 9, 7:00
At Blind Bob's, located in Dayton's Oregon District

Dayton is synonymous with the history of aviation and what better way to celebrate our history than exploring the science behind it! Join Dewey Davenport of Goodfolk and O'Tymes to learn about his work with this historic aviation and engineering ingenuity throughout our recorded history of flight.

Chris Comer Space Dub Sextet

ChrisComerFriday, June 19, 7:00 p.m.

Join us in the Caryl D. Philips Space Theater for a one-of-a-kind performance under the stars. Travel to the farthest reaches of the universe while enjoying live jazz preformed by the Chris Comer Space Dub Sextet. Chris Comer will play live to a beautiful and awe-inspiring astronomy program that will take you to the edge of the universe and back.

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Tickets are $10/person and are now available online. Guests must be 18 or older unless accompanied by an adult.

Red White & Boonshoft

Saturday, July 4, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Kick off your Fourth of July weekend with a day of all things family, fun, and science! Join us for an indoor-outdoor celebration as you discover the explosive science of rockets, enjoy Dayton's best indoor fireworks in the Planetarium, come face-to-face with some of the Museum's most adorable live animals, treat yourself to liquid nitrogen ice cream, and dig into specialties from local food vendors.

All activities included with regular admission; FREE for members. Food will be available for purchase. No pets or coolers, please.

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Friday, July 17
While we might know that time is just a big ball of wibbley-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff...we must state (for muggles' sake) that the fest runs from 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Whether your brown coat gets dusty as you know about the 'verse or you long to fight the dark side of the force, the Boonshoft Museum is hosting a night of fun and games to bring out the geek in all of us! Marvel at the super-skills of other attendees-of show off your own!- at a videogame tournament, show off your best side at the DIY photobooth, test your reflexes with game demons on one of the biggest screens in town or on classic arcade consoles, and even win prizes by playing a round or two in the board gaming area. Costumes are welcome, and prizes will be awarded in several categories.

This event is for people of all ages. Proceeds benefit year-round astronomy programs at the Museum.

Tickets: $10/person available online beginning June 18.

2015 Boonshoft Bash: A Big Bang Night in the Milky Way

boonshoft bash logo Final-08At the Boonshoft Museum
Saturday, September 12
7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

See the Museum in a whole new light as you experience an evening of fun and excitement at the 2015 Boonshoft Bash!  Enjoy a reception with hors d'oeuvres and signature drinks at the open bar before heading to the edges of the universe – or at least the Museum! – as you dine in one of five astronomy-themed venues.  Guests will be served a full course of learning and entertainment as they explore our Sun and Moon, discover the stories of Constellations that fill our night sky, traverse the Solar System to see all eight planets, and even hitch a ride on a Comet – before dancing the night away at the not-to-be-missed Pity Party for Pluto.

Online registration for the Boonshoft Bash will open on May 15.  Check back soon for more information!

Past Events


Star Wars Days!

stawars4maySaturday, May 2 – Monday, May 4
Programming throughout the day; included with regular admission

May the 4th be with you! A little-known fact about our Educators is that they are all Jedi Knights-in-training. Though we can't officially tell our Museum guests the secrets of "the force", we can celebrate Star Wars Day with three days filled with programming that celebrates the science behind your favorite Star Wars moments!




Earth Day Celebration!

Nasa blue marbleEPA Earth Day Celebration
Wednesday, April 22, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Celebrate Earth Day with us on Wednesday, April 22! The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is joining us for an entire day of festivities including demonstrations and activities that will get everyone excited about the Earth and all of the amazing creatures that inhabit it! Visit our Do Lab for hands-on fun, then explore Splash!, Recycling Center, and the Composting/Landfill exhibition to learn how to be a great stewart of our planet!




Image Credit: NASA

Pub Science

About Pub Science

Pub Science provides a unique opportunity for adults to explore the newest thinking and scientific research in a casual atmosphere. No prior knowledge of the subjects is required, and there are no silly questions. Just bring yourself, your friends and your curiosity! It is currently held at Blind Bob’s, located in Dayton’s Oregon District. Admission to Pub Science is free; donations accepted at the door.


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2014 Boonshoft Raffle

Support the Museum and get a chance to win one of three extravagant vacations to desirable destinations across the globe! Pack your bags and plan for an adventure through the green hills and castles of Ireland, the exotic paradise of Costa Rica, or the cultural hot spots of New Orleans.

Tickets are $100 and are now available online; need not be present to win. Only 500 tickets will be sold. For a complete list of Raffle rules, please click the link below.






Name That Sloth!

The Votes Are In--Patience Wins!

A big thank you to everyone who helped name the newest (and perhaps slowest) member of the Discovery Zoo crew. The votes are in---and this adorable mammal is officially named Patience! Patience, a two-toed sloth, is now on exhibit in the Boonshoft Museum's Discovery Zoo; be sure to stop by and say "hello"—she loves to see people's smiling faces!




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Under Construction

Note: Kids' Playce will be under construction beginning 4/29 with plans to reopen mid-summer.

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