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

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.






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 142 for more information.


Pub Science: Beyond the Birds and Bees

Tuesday, September 9, 6:30 p.m.
At Blind Bobs
in Dayton's Oregon District
Beyond the birds and the bees: Molecular insights about the making and evolution of sexually dimorphic traits.

From the bright color of a male mandrill's face to the impressive size of a female anglerfish, sexually dimorphic traits occur in astonishing ways. A molecular understanding of how animals of different genders manifest such varying sizes, colors, and behaviors has traditionally been elusive, but substantial progress has been made in clarifying how diverse sex-determination systems are integrated into developmental gene networks. Join Thomas Williams from the University of Dayton to discover the genetics that go way beyond the birds and the bees.


Evening of Astronomy: Total Lunar Eclipse on October 8

Friday, September 19, 7:00 p.m.

Join the Astronomy Department to learn about both lunar and solar eclipses in preparation for the total lunar eclipse on October 8 and the partial solar eclipse on October 23. Weather permitting.

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



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Members Only Fall Family Evening & Sneek 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.

Pre-registration is requires and will be available beginning on September 8.

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.

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. Online registration opens September 15. All sales final.


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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

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!




An Evening of Astronomy: Saturn in its Spectacular Glory

Friday, September 16, 6:30 p.m., 2013

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.

FIRST LEGO® League Regional Robotics Competition

FIRST LEGO® League Regional Robotics Competition

Saturday, December 10, noon-3:00 p.m., 2013

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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