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 (3-17) $11.50
Seniors (60+) $12.50
Adults $14.50
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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Biology

Did You Knows:

Did You Know?
You can participate in a nationwide study of songbirds with the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology with Project FeederWatch. All you have to do is come in 1 – 2 times a week, sit in the Mead Treehouse, observe songbirds, and record the data. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology uses this data to see how the songbird populations are doing around the U.S. Call 937-275-7431 x114 for more details.

Did You Know?
There are only 2 types of venomous spiders in Ohio. These are the called the black widow and the brown recluse, neither of which is usually found in or around your house. Most of the spiders that you find in your house are harmless to people and are good at keeping insect pests down. When you find a spider in your home, try to put it outside instead of stomping on it.

Did You Know?
It is illegal to keep any wild animal as a pet. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources makes it illegal to keep wild animals as pets to protect the animal and to protect human health. Some wild animals can have rabies or other viruses that can be transmitted to people or to our pets. Even if you find a turtle, observe it from a distance and leave it alone. Wild animals are much “happier” in the wild. The Boonshoft Museum has wildlife because they have been injured in some way or they are too tame to be released. The museum also has permits to have these animals.

Did You Know?
Most of the time, a baby wild animal found in the wild does not need human assistance. Often, the mother is nearby and will come back to take care of the baby. For instance, deer will leave their babies for 4 hours at a time. The baby will sit still that entire time, waiting for his mother to return. Eastern cottontails will usually only feed their babies 2 times a day; early morning and early evening. Just because you don ’t see the mother rabbit, does not mean she’s not coming back to the nest. If you find a baby rabbit that can hop around, it is old enough to be on its own. Don’t mess with it. Baby robins are often picked up when they are fledglings, learning to hunt and fly on their own. If you see a young robin just hopping around on the ground, its parents are usually nearby.

Did You Know?
Feeding bread to ducks and geese can be very hazardous to their health. Although it is a lot of fun to feed bread to waterfowl at the nearby park, it is very bad for them. When geese eat too much bread, it becomes congealed in their crop. It can get so bad, that other food cannot pass through to the stomach. If the animal is not able to digest enough food, it will starve to death.

Another thing that happens when geese are fed too much bread is that they tend to stay in Ohio for the winter instead of migrating. Canada geese are migrating birds that will often travel down to Georgia or another warmer state when the temperatures get too cold. In recent years, Canada geese have not been migrating like they are supposed to. Scientists think that it is because people are feeding them too much and it causes the geese to stay.

You can also have problems with geese if you encourage them to stay in places like your yard. Geese can be very messy if you have too many of them hanging around.

If you or your child insists on feeding the ducks and geese at the park, buy some cracked corn to feed them instead of bread. It is much better for them.

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Under Construction

  • Kids' Playce is currently under construction. Look for brand new additions to this exhibit starting in the fall through early 2016!

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