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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 (3-17) $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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Book a Private Live Animal Experience

The Live Animals Department at the Boonshoft Museum now offers private experiences and tours that allow guests to get an inside look at the Discovery Zoo and its adorable residents. With over 100 live animals, the Discovery Zoo and EcoTrek are home to all kinds of crazy critters, from our Two-Toed Sloth, Patience, to our charming Three Banded Armadillo, Sheldon.

Not only do these private programs allow guests to have hands-on interactions that our daily visitors don't typically experience, they also go behind-the-scenes with professional Zookeepers to care for our wonderful animals.


Behind-the-Scenes Interactive Tour of the Discovery Zoo

BennyFeedingExperience the most unique behind-the-scenes Zoo tour in the region. Not only will our professional Zookeeping staff take you on a guided tour of the Discovery Zoo and EcoTrek, you will have the chance to feed our otters and porcupines, craft an enrichment item for the Meerkats or Otters, interact with our most adorable animal ambassadors, and much, much more!

Perfect for small groups, this behind-the-scenes tour make a perfect gift experience, date night, or family outing.

Program includes:
• Private guided tour of EcoTrek animal room, PLUS interact with some of our most adorable animal ambassadors, like Sheldon the Three-Banded Armadillo.
• Private guided tour of the Discovery Zoo and Preparation Areas
• Guests craft an enrichment item for either Splasher and Diver, our River Otters, or those rascally Meerkats, then watch them interact and play with your special gift!
• Explore the Splasher and Diver's holding enclosure, then feed them a delicious Otter snack!
• Adventure into the Rainforest enclosure and get up-close with our adorable Prehensile-tailed Porcupines, Benny and Joon---and feed them some delicious treats.
• Plenty of opportunities to snap some pictures with your favorite animals.
• Take home a porcupine quill to commemorate your visit with us!

Programs may be booked Tuesday - Saturday at either 5:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m., or 6:30 p.m.
Group sizes should be at a maximum of 6 and a minimum of 2; available to children 3 and up.
Programming time: 1 hour
$75/person for groups sized 1-3, $250 flat fee for groups with 4-6 people.


Click here to begin the process of booking a Behind-The-Scenes Tour of the Discovery Zoo


Jr. Zookeeper for the Day

OtterSpend the morning walking in an actual Zookeeper's shoes, as you get an exclusive behind-the-scenes time with the live animals of the Discovery Zoo. Not only will Jr. Zookeepers get hands-on interactions with adorable animals, they will also learn about the care that goes into keeping our crazy critters happy and healthy!

Perfect for small groups, this behind-the-scenes program makes a perfect gift experience, intimate birthday celebration, or family outing.

Program includes:
• Quality, hands-on time with our Discovery Zoo residents, while learning about the care given to our adorable Zoo residents to keep them happy and healthy!
• Become an animal chef and help prepare food for our hungry Zoo crew—delicious!
• Much like your domesticated pets play with toys, our live animals use enrichment items to keep them active and engaged. Guests learn about enrichment items and give them to the animals so they can have a blast!
• Our Zookeepers are accomplished animal trainers and caregivers; one of the most important things they do is handling our live animals properly. Jr. Zookeepers get their chance to hold animals in a way that keeps them happy and comfortable.

Programs are available the first and third Saturday of every month, from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Children 4 - 13 years old may participate with an accompanying adult. Older children, 14 and up, may participate with the written permission of a parent or guardian.
Programming time: 2 hours
$65/participant; there is no additional fee to include one parent/guardian participant (if applicable)


Click here to begin the booking process for a Jr. Zookeeper program.

If you have questions about these prorgams feel free to email our friendly staff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view 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!

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