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

Spring Break Camps

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Summer isn't quite in the air, but soon enough spring certainly will be and what better way to celebrate than with Spring Break Camps! Offered to children in grades K-6, these camp sessions allow your children to spend their spring break having a blast while engaging in awesome educational activities and making new friends.

Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. March 31 – April 3 with half an hour for lunch (lunch will not be provided)

Click here to register


Pajama Party With The Museum's Live Animals

At the Boonshoft Museum
Saturday, February 28
Programming thoughout the day, included with regular admission

Unless you are under the weather or a college student going to an early class, you probably don't wear your Pajamas out every day, but on Saturday, February 28 we are encouraging all of all guests to sport their coziest jammies to a day full of nocturnal animal exploration!

Nocturnal animals are on what we think of as an opposite sleep schedule; they are active at night and tired during the day---which is why you can see some of our Discovery Zoo crew snoozing in their enclosures. The Museum houses many commonly known nocturnal animals and some you aren't so used to seeing, like Patience, the Linne's two-toed Sloth, who takes sleeping very, very seriously.

Celebrate all things fuzzy, feathered, and of course, a little sleepy with special live animal programming, hands-on opportunities, and more!

Pub Science: Climate of the Past, Weather of the Future

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Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 p.m.
At Blind Bob's in Dayton's Oregon District

Was last year the hottest year ever? Will doing something about climate change challenge the economy? What climate change skeptics saying? Join Robert Bracha of the University of Dayton to discover the latest information gathered by climate scientists, where there are still uncertainties, and what we should be doing about climate change.




Living With Wildlife Workshop

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10:00 a.m. - noon

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery's Live Animals Department is inviting you to learn more about local wildlife and attain the skills needed to make informed decisions about wildlife management when it comes to your yard and home. Not only will you get tips on how to keep your home, yard, and garden free from hungry critters, you will get the chance to meet live, local wildlife upclose, while learning more about their history and behavior.

Click here to register

Admission to this special workshop is $20/person; registration is required and is now available online.




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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