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

2015 Boonshoft Raffle

rotatorsGive your bank account a bump with this year's Boonshoft Raffle! With a CASH prize of at least $10,000 (with just 300 tickets sold), the Boonshoft Museum wants to help you fund what matters to YOU!

The best news? Based on the number of tickets sold, the pot could grow to a maximum of $20,000 (with 500 tickets sold)--so be sure to get your ticket before they're all gone! The more tickets sold, the more cash YOU have a chance at winning!

$100/ticket; all sales final. All proceeds support the Boonshoft Museum's stellar educational programming.






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.

Click here to purchase your tickets to the 2015 Boonshoft Bash



Evening of Astronomy: Two Pieces of Glass

At the Boonshoft Museum
Friday, September 18, 7:30

Two students attend a star party. While there, they interact with an astronomer who shares how telescopes work and reviews some of the great discoveries Galileo made with his very primitive instruments.

8:00 pm Eyes on the Universe Tonight

Bring in your telescope and receive assistance with operating it from members of the MVAS (Miami Valley Astronomical Society).

Porcupines to Pooches: Fun Animal Training Methods from the Zoo to You!

Patience & Melissa June 2015 (3)At the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
September 26, 10:00 a.m. - Noon
We all know the saying, "you can't teach an old dog new tricks," but the Museum's Zookeepers have something to say about that! From bobcats to River otters, our Keepers have successfully trained many of our wild Zoo Crew and now they are offering a program to help you with your furry friends!

Using positive reinforcement training methods, our professional Live Animal Trainers will teach you how to approach training your pets in a way that allows you to experience maximum results while maintaining a trusting relationship with your pet. From feathered friends to brand new puppies, our professional trainers provide you with a fun, informative learning opportunity with special appearances from some of our most adorable Discovery Zoo animals, of course.

For pet-lovers ages 14+. $15.00/guest; $10/DSNH Member. All sales final

Though we would love to host your pets at the Museum, your animals must stay at home due to AZA regulations.

Registration includes:

  • Training tips and tricks from the Museum's Zoo Keepers and Animals Trainers
  • Up close experiences with some of the Museum's Live Animals
  • Training demonstrations with some of the Museum's Discovery Zoo Crew
  • Admission to the Museum after the program

Click here to register!

Spirits: Halloween at the Boonshoft Museum

spirits logos cropAt the Boonshoft Museum
Friday, October 23
8:00 – 11:00 p.m.

New for 2015, the Boonshoft will be holding a wickedly entertaining Halloween party just for grown-ups (21+). Experience the spookiest of the Museum's collection – from bats and mummies to mad scientists! – while treating visitors to beer, wine, specialty drinks and delicious bites from local eateries. The evening will feature a costume contest and a monster mash dance party. Admission includes food and one beverage (additional available for purchase).

Tickets are $40/guest online and $50/guest at the door. All sales final. 21+; ID required. Tickets will be available online starting September 18.


ChemFest At the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
Saturday, October 24, Noon - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 25, Noon - 4:00 p.m.
Get ready for some colorful chemistry experiments! The Museum's Education Department is gearing up to bring some vibrant science into your life, as we explore all of the beautiful colors of the world through chemistry. What makes a rainbow? Can you mix food coloring into making a custom color? From natural dyes and pigments to soaring fireworks, we will get hands on and figure out the science that goes into creating the colors of our beautiful world.

Included with regular admission; located in the Education Lobby.


Spooky Science Saturday

At the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
Saturday, October 31, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Before your trick or treaters hit the neighborhood for pillow sacks full of candy, visit the Boonshoft Museum for an entire day filled with spooky surprises and themed public programming. With wicked space theater shows and creepy experiments, this is the perfect way to kick-off your Halloween celebration. Be sure to wear your costumes! Included with regular admission.

Past Events


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.


Pub Science


geekfestlogoFriday, 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 knock 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 -- or show off your own! -- at a videogame tournament, show off your best side at the DIY photobooth, test your reflexes with game demos 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.


Red White & Boonshoft

rwb15 rotSaturday, 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.





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

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

  • Kids' Playce is currently under construction. Look for brand new additions to this exhibit starting in the fall through early 2016!
  • The water table will be under construction from August 30 - September 5.
  • Fraze Gallery will be closed from August 31 - September 6.

What is your favorite exhibit at the Museum?

Science On a Sphere® - 23.3%
Water Properties Table - 20.3%
Cassano’s Pizza Kitchen - 21.6%
Recycling Center - 16.6%
The Courthouse - 8.5%