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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Collections

Why do we have collections?

Amber and JadeThe concept of public museums as we now regard them began in the 1700s, emerging from a long tradition of private museums reserved only for the wealthy. The content, however, was largely similar in that museums and private collections existed as “cabinets of curiosities” where the unusual or strange were valued. Our own museum collections began in much the same way in that citizens were inspired to find a place to house and share their personal collections of the odd and unusual. The Dayton Society of Natural History cares for items that were collected by many Miami Valley citizens over a long period of time. Some items have been in our care for over 100 years already and yet we are a relatively young museum. Some Daytonians might remember when the Museum was a part of the Dayton Public Library!

Egyptian TapestryToday, museums house collections for the purposes of research, education, and exhibition and exist as a physical record of a community’s past and present. It is the ethical duty and responsibility of the DSNH to care for the collections it curates, in order to preserve these items for the education and enjoyment of future generations. Collections represent places, cultures, animals and plants that may no longer exist, and are sometimes the only record of the past that we have. The irreplaceable and often fragile nature of these items and specimens requires that we keep careful records of each item and the ways in which it has been utilized and curated: how long it has been on exhibit, the last time it was cleaned, whether the item has deteriorated, and the type of conservation techniques that have been conducted upon it.

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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!

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%