Museum Info

Boonshoft Museum of
Discovery

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

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Hours

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

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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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.

 

 

BOONSHOFT RAFFLE RULES

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Pub Science: Unintended Consequences: Phosphorus and Alum in Grand Lake St.Marys, Ohio

Tuesday, August 12, 7:00 p.m.
At Blind Bob's
Speaker:
Chad Hammerschmidt, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Wright State University


A hot topic in regional news, the Grand Lake St. Mary's reservoir for the Miami and Erie Canal has had challenges in water quality over the past three decades. Join Chad Hammerschmidt from Wright State University's Department of Earth & Environmental Science, has he explores how agricultural operations may have contributed to the toxic blooms of cyanobacteria and how statewide attempts to remedy the toxicity of the water has affected the water quality.

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2014 Boonshoft Bash: BIOMES

At the Boonshoft MuseumBash2014 savetdate webcrop 236x241Saturday, September 6
7:00 p.m. - midnight


Save the Date!
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.

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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.

 

Pub Science

Past Events

Past Events

An Evening of Astronomy: Saturn in its Spectacular Glory

Friday, September 16, 6:30 p.m

The Cassini spacecraft has orbited Saturn for over eight years, supplying us with gorgeous images and a better understanding of the planet, its rings, and unusual details of some of its sixty odd moons. 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.

Friday Night at the Movies, a three-show combo that takes place each week and includes a Planetarium show, full dome film and 3D movie, will take place in The Dome beginning at 7:30 p.m.  (Additional fees apply.)  Learn more about The Dome.

An Evening of Astronomy: Blue Moon

Friday, August 17, 6:30 p.m

Explore a few lunar myths, check out lunar phases, and learn why there will be a Blue Moon on August 31.  Learn about International Observe the Moon Night, celebrated on September 22.

Immediately following this program, “What’s Up?” will be hosted in the Planetarium, featuring a presentation of what can be seen in the night sky on a clear evening.  Live observing will continue throughout the evening in the Apollo Observatory.  (Admission to these educational programs is free.)

Learn More about Evening of Astronomy programs.

Friday Night at the Movies, a three-show combo that takes place each week and includes a Planetarium show, full dome film and 3D movie, will take place in The Dome beginning at 7:30 p.m.  (Additional fees apply.)  Learn more about The Dome.

FIRST LEGO® League Regional Robotics Competition

FIRST LEGO® League Regional Robotics Competition

Saturday, December 10, noon-3:00 p.m.

See LEGO robots of all shapes that have been transformed into imaginative designs, and watch the teams of builders compete for a chance to advance to the state-wide competition.

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