The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery serves more than 200,000 guests, students, and teachers each year. From providing unparalleled STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) public programming to visiting local classrooms with one-of-a-kind Museum technology, our mission is to provide our community with the highest quality, interactive, science-based educational opportunities that enrich the lives of children and adults.

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery and its sister sites, Fort Ancient and SunWatch, could not fulfill their mission without generous support from the community and generous donors, just like you.

Every dollar we receive helps to engage and inspire families in your community.  We are good stewards of your gift, and we make every effort to maximize your investment in our organization.

3 Ways YOU Can Support the Mission

Learn more and make a safe, secure online donation today.


Support the animal ambassadors in our Discovery Zoo through the Adopt-an-Animal program.


LIMITED TIME OPPORTUNITY! Make your mark on astronomy education through the Take Your Seat! program.

Purchase a Limited Edition T-shirt in support of the Museum! Available November 27-December 9, 2018.

Knock it out of the park with this Team Patience baseball-style tee! Just in time for the holidays, this tee featuring Patience, our Linne's two-toed sloth, makes a great gift for animal lovers of all ages.

This shirt is the third in a series of limited edition shirts for our community to enjoy and proudly show their support of the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. Proceeds support the care of 150+ live animals, fascinating exhibitions, Southwest Ohio's largest planetarium, and extraordinary STEM education programs that continue our 125-year tradition of preserving the past while educating and inspiring the leaders of tomorrow.  

Looking for sponsorship or other support opportunities? Learn more about year-round opportunities to sponsor events and programs at the Boonshoft Museum.

Want to support the Museum in other ways? Consider designating us as your beneficiary through your Kroger Card, GFS card, or even when shopping Amazon Smile (just look for Dayton Society of Natural History)!  You can also donate items directly to the Discovery Zoo and our Education Department via Amazon Wish lists. View the lists for the Education Department and the Discovery Zoo.

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