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



Saturday, March 30 - Sunday, April 4

Uncover the amazing properties of materials that are too small to see! Delve into the world of nano with hands-on experiments and live presentations that are sure to inspire explorers of all ages at special DO Labs and other public programming.

March 28 & March 29
From noon to 4:00 p.m. enjoy hands-on activities hosted in the education lobby.

Included with regular admission.




Movie Night in the Dome: Jurassic Park

At the Boonshoft Museum
April 17, 7:00 p.m.

trexYou're invited to an evening of science, adventure, and movie magic! For the first time ever, the Boonshoft Museum is inviting guests to experience a full-length film in the Dome, the Museum's Planetarium, hosted by none other than the King of Lizards himself, Tyrannosaurus Rex. Re-watch the classic film Jurassic Park before you head to the movies to see Jurassic World this summer.

Not only will you have the opportunity to watch a film in the most unique theater in Dayton, Mackenzie English, paleontologist and Boonshoft Museum employee will be debunking dino myths and answering questions, so you can tell science fact from science fiction. Commemorate your evening with a trip to our DIY photo booth, where you can have your picture taken with the unlikely hero and star of Jurassic Park, Tyrannosaurus Rex.

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Concessions will be available for purchase. Online registration is required.

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A Live Animal Birthday Celebration!

Happy Birthday Squirt!
Saturday, April 18
Public programming runs throughout the afternoon; included with regular admission

Small, striped, and slightly misunderstood, the Birthday boy this April is Squirt, the Museum's Skunk! Though they can smell incredibly foul, skunks actually feed on insects and small rodents that can be pesky to humans and that's something to celebrate!

Though our resident Discovery Zoo stinker, Squirt, doesn't have the ability to spray his predators anymore, he's still very adorable and would love to share his birthday with Museum guests. Join us for a day of public programming, as you learn more about our nocturnal friend and then watch Squirt celebrate his birthday in style with presents, enrichment items, and a birthday "cake" only a true stinker could enjoy!





Astronomy Day

Saturday, April 25Groundhog Day
4:00 p.m.

Spend an afternoon exploring everything Astronomy, from hands-on experiments to solar observing, give-aways, and more! The Museum's Astronomy Department staff will be on-hand along with representatives from the Miami Valley Astronomical Society to guide guests through an entire afternoon of celestial fun! Astronomy Programming is free for Members and guests with regular admission.

Door prizes include: A chance to win a Celestron Telescope, Astronomy Magazine subscription, and Astronomy Magazine Publications.

Free NASA and Astronomy Magazine materials will be handed out to guests.



Past Events


Science of Wine and Beer Too

Saturday, January 24, 7:30 - 11:00 p.m.

The Boonshoft Museum is putting a new spin on Science of Wine by adding something NEW for beer enthusiasts. Join us for an evening of grown-up science fun as we transform our Main Exhibit Hall into a Beer Garden and Vintage Vineyard that boasts craft brew and fine wine. Guests will also enjoy delicious food and wine pairings, live music, and more! Our VIP guests will enjoy early admittance with a private selection of wine & craft beer, passed hors d'oeuvres, exclusive experiments and more.


$75/guest regular admission and $125/guest VIP admission.



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

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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