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
Open: Fourth of July (July 3 and July 4)

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

Red White & Boonshoft

rwb15 rotSaturday, July 4, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Kick off your Fourth of July weekend with a day of all things family, fun, and science! Join us for an indoor-outdoor celebration as you discover the explosive science of rockets, enjoy Dayton's best indoor fireworks in the Planetarium, come face-to-face with some of the Museum's most adorable live animals, treat yourself to liquid nitrogen ice cream, and dig into specialties from local food vendors.

All activities included with regular admission; FREE for members. Food will be available for purchase. No pets or coolers, please.

 

 

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Pub Science

Tuesday, July 8, 7:00 p.m.
At Blind Bob's in Dayton's Oregon District

Most people agree that being a parent is truly rewarding, but one of the toughest jobs there is. Deciding on a preschool, what activities to be involved in, and how you can help your child develop during their most impressionable years takes a lot of effort. Adding challenging behaviors on top of an already extensive "to-do" list provides even more to think about. Join Kylea Fry from the Applied Behavioral Services Ohio to learn more about early childhood development and triggers for behavioral issue development.

 

 

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GeekFest

geekfestlogoFriday, July 17
While we might know that time is just a big ball of wibbley-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff...we must state (for muggles' sake) that the fest runs from 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.


Whether your brown coat gets dusty as you know about the 'verse or you long to fight the dark side of the force, the Boonshoft Museum is hosting a night of fun and games to bring out the geek in all of us! Marvel at the super-skills of other attendees-of show off your own!- at a videogame tournament, show off your best side at the DIY photobooth, test your reflexes with game demons on one of the biggest screens in town or on classic arcade consoles, and even win prizes by playing a round or two in the board gaming area. Costumes are welcome, and prizes will be awarded in several categories.

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2015 Boonshoft Bash: A Big Bang Night in the Milky Way

boonshoft bash logo Final-08At the Boonshoft Museum
Saturday, September 12
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 2015 Boonshoft Bash!  Enjoy a reception with hors d'oeuvres and signature drinks at the open bar before heading to the edges of the universe – or at least the Museum! – as you dine in one of five astronomy-themed venues.  Guests will be served a full course of learning and entertainment as they explore our Sun and Moon, discover the stories of Constellations that fill our night sky, traverse the Solar System to see all eight planets, and even hitch a ride on a Comet – before dancing the night away at the not-to-be-missed Pity Party for Pluto.

Click here to purchase your tickets to the 2015 Boonshoft Bash

 

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2015 Boonshoft Raffle

Give your bank account a bump with this year's Boonshoft Raffle! With a CASH prize of at least $10,000 (with just 300 tickets sold), the Boonshoft Museum wants to help you fund what matters to YOU!

The best news? Based on the number of tickets sold, the pot could grow to a maximum of $20,000 (with 500 tickets sold)--so be sure to get your ticket before their all gone! The more tickets sold, the more cash YOU have a chance at winning!

$100/ticket; all sales final. All proceeds support the Boonshoft Museum's stellar educational programming.

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Past Events

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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

Star Wars Days!

stawars4maySaturday, May 2 – Monday, May 4
Programming throughout the day; included with regular admission


May the 4th be with you! A little-known fact about our Educators is that they are all Jedi Knights-in-training. Though we can't officially tell our Museum guests the secrets of "the force", we can celebrate Star Wars Day with three days filled with programming that celebrates the science behind your favorite Star Wars moments!

 

 

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Earth Day Celebration!

Nasa blue marbleEPA Earth Day Celebration
Wednesday, April 22, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Celebrate Earth Day with us on Wednesday, April 22! The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is joining us for an entire day of festivities including demonstrations and activities that will get everyone excited about the Earth and all of the amazing creatures that inhabit it! Visit our Do Lab for hands-on fun, then explore Splash!, Recycling Center, and the Composting/Landfill exhibition to learn how to be a great stewart of our planet!

 

 

 

Image Credit: NASA

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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Under Construction

Note: Kids' Playce will be under construction beginning 4/29 with plans to reopen mid-summer.

What is your favorite exhibit at the Museum?

Science On a Sphere® - 23.3%
Water Properties Table - 20.3%
Cassano’s Pizza Kitchen - 21.6%
Recycling Center - 16.6%
The Courthouse - 8.5%