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

Friends' Auction

Sunday, October 12
Preview begins at noon, Auction begins at 1:00 p.m.

Bid on many eclectic items and collectibles, such as furniture, glazed pottery, and other artwork. All proceeds benefit the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery and SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park.

All proceeds from The Friends Auction support educational efforts at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, SunWatch Indain Village/Archaeological Park, and Fort Ancient. 

Auctioneer services provided by Dan's Auction Service.

Members Only Fall Family Evening & Sneak Preview

Friday, October 10, 2014
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Exclusive Member Sneak Peek!
This event is FREE and exclusively for DSNH Members

Attention Members! Help us welcome two new special exhibitions to the Boonshoft Museum this fall! Classic Rock: The Mythology of Geology, allows visitors to take a step back into history as they explore the science behind classic Greek myths, while Robots + Us shows guests the endless capabilities and amazing similarities between 'bots and human beings!

Not only are Museum Members the first to explore our newest exhibitions, they can also get hands on with exclusive themed programming provided by Museum educators and leave with a special take-away.

Click here to register!

Not a Member? Sign up today for your Dayton Society of Natural History Membership!

Please note: You may only register for this event if you are current member of the Dayton Society of Natural History. Please register only those who are are listed as members on your Membership card. Members must bring their membership card and valid ID to present upon arrival.

Pub Science: Andes to the Amazon: Amazon Expedition to the Rainforests of Manu, Peru

Amazon rain forest2At Blind Bob's in Dayton's Oregon District
Tuesday, October 14, 7:00 p.m.

Presented by: Professors James Runkle, Ecologist and Marcia Wendeln, Tropical Biologist of the Dept. of Biological Science, Wright State University

Discover the natural wildlife and indigenous people of one of the world's last remaining primary tropical rainforests. Travel with us as we journey in a harrowing drive over the Andes Mountains into vast cloud forests and down to the lowland rainforests of Manu National Park to explore the exotic and unique biological diversity to be found in this seemingly untouched section of planet Earth. Learn More.


Evening of Astronomy: Living With A Star

SunFriday, October 17, 7:00 p.m.

NASA's solar missions such as SDO, SOHO, and STEREO have provided us with a better understanding of our nearest star, the Sun. Learn more about this amazing star and more from the Boonshoft Museum's Astronomy Department. Admission to this educational program and night sky observing (located in the Apollo Observatory, weather permitting) is FREE.

Learn More about Evening of Astronomy programs.

Chemistry + Cocktails

Friday, October 24, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Join the Boonshoft Museum as we celebrate the Dayton Regional Science Festival with an extraordinary evening of all things SuperNATURAL. From unexpected teams of local bartenders and scientists who use natural science to create crazy concoctions to frighteningly exciting, explosive science demonstrations, the duality of this themed evening is a perfect occasion to get hands-on with adult STEM activities while kicking-off the spooky season.

Come dressed as your favorite mad scientist or in your craziest costume while you enjoy delicious bites from local hot spots and themed drinks. Guests experience the coolest science, get up-close with the Museum's awesome live animal critters, then relax in the Planetarium while watching the best of the worst Rifftrax Shorts, brought to you by the funny guys of Mystery Science Theater.

 21+; ID Required. Tickets are now available online. All sales final.


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Saturday, October 25, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Sunday, October 26, 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Offered to people of all ages.
Included with regular admission
When we think of Chemistry, of course we think of bubbling beakers and explosions of all sorts. While we can't deny our Education Department likes to make things go "BOOM", this year ChemFEST will explore the sweeter side of chemistry. With dozens of delicious hands-on experiments, guests will experience the science behind all of treats!

Included with regular admission; located in the Education Lobby.

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Bat Conservation & Awareness Day

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Get up close with some of the most misunderstood nocturnal creatures local to Ohio—bats! Our batty friends play a huge role in our lives, from pollinating plants to eating up bothersome agricultural pests, and what better way to celebrate their importance then with a day of fun, family friendly activities. Guests can participate in Stellaluna story time, creative bat crafts, activities, and photo ops. Learn more about the biology and anatomy of our flying friends and then meet some of the Museum's favorite Discovery Zoo residents, the Egyptian Fruit Bats, during Bat Chats. Programming runs throughout the day, included with regular admission.


Voyage on the Parkway

Voyage on the Parkway

Sunday, October 26, noon – 4:00 p.m.
Offered to families with children of preschool age, FREE admission to the first 400 guests.
Explore the Boonshoft Museum as you embark on an educational journey that combines teachable moments, entertainment, and imagination. This indoor event encourages families to visit fun, educational check points throughout the museum that are sure to get young explorers excited about learning. From art, music, and storytelling, to live animal presentations and giveaways, discover how sharing AWEsome moments with your child can build a strong vocabulary and promote kindergarten readiness.

Partners Include: PNC, Ready Set Soar, Project Read, Dayton Metro Library, Think TV, 4C for Children, Miami Valley Astronomical Society, Victoria Theater, Boonshoft Museum, Dayton Area Youth Collaborative, and more.


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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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Evening of Astronomy: Telescope Pointers

Friday, November 21, 7:00 p.m.

Join the Boonshoft Museum and the Miami Valley Astronomical Society for an opportunity to examine a variety of telescopes, ask questions, and gain a better understanding of what qualities to look for when considering a telescope purchase.

Admission to this educational program and night sky observing (located in the Apollo Observatory, weather permitting) is FREE.

Learn More about Evening of Astronomy programs. 

Past Events


2014 Boonshoft Bash: BIOMES

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Saturday, September 6
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 2014 Boonshoft Bash!  Enjoy a reception with hors d'oeuvres and signature drinks at the open bar before heading to the corners of the Earth – or at least the Museum! – as you dine in one of four biome-themed venues.  With environments ranging from the icy polar desert and the diversity of the rainforest to the rolling terrains that make up grasslands and the depths of Earth’s oceans, guests will be served a full course of learning and entertainment.


Online registration for the Boonshoft Bash is now closed. Seating may still be available, but is extremely limited. Please contact Sam Curtis at 937.275.7431 x 146 for more information.


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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