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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Levels and Benefits

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Membership Level

Includes

Benefits

Student ($25)

 1 named student with valid student ID

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Individual ($40)

1 named adult

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Duo ($60)

1 named adult; 1 named individual living in the same household

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Family ($100)

2 named adults and up to 6 children (under 18)

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 includes reciprocal benefits*

Grandparents ($100)

2 named adults and up to 6 children (under 18)

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includes reciprocal benefits*

Adventurer ($135)

 

2 named adults and up to 6 children (under 18)

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includes reciprocal benefits

Explorer ($250)

2 named adults and up to 6 children (under 18)

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includes reciprocal benefits

Discoverer ($500)

2 named adults and up to 6 children (under 18)

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includes reciprocal benefits

John B. Greene ($1,200)

2 named adults and up to 6 children (under 18)

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includes reciprocal benefits

Add-On ($30)

 1 named family member or caregiver/addition

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*Recripocal benefits at the Family level are limited to participating Zoo's & Aquariums and Science and Technology Centers.

Please note: Everyone included on your Museum Membership must be named for the safety and security of our guests. You must provide valid identification along with your Museum Membership upon entry to any of our four sites. Lost or mispaced cards can be replaced for a $5/card service fee; please call 937.275.7431 x 152 to replace a lost card.

To learn more about reciprocity click here.

Military Discounts:

Active military members receive $10.00 off of any Museum membership
The Dayton Society of Natural History values the brave men and women who serve our country, so individuals who are active military enjoy $10 off any Museum membership with current military ID. Military discount is offered when you purchase a Museum Membership at any of our four DSNH sites.


 

Adventurer - $135 - Includes reciprocity to Zoos & Aquariums, Science & Technology Centers, and Children's Museums

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Family - $100 - Includes only reciprocity to Zoos & Aquariums and Science & Technology Centers

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Grandparent - $100 - Includes only reciprocity to Zoos & Aquariums and Science & Technology Centers

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Student - $25

This membership includes one named adult (student 18 and older) and is good for one full year from purchase date. Memberships must be purchased at one of our four locations with a valid student ID.

Individual - $40

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Duo - $60

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Explorer - $250

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Discover - $500

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John B. Greene - $1200

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Add-on - $30/Individual

You can add additional adult members to any Family membership and above during the registration process. Add-ons must either be a named family member (aunt, uncle, cousin, etc) or a named caregiver over the age of 16. For inquiries about adding on additional children please call our guest services staff at 937.275.7431 x 152. Add-ons must now be purchased in person at the Museum by visiting the Guest Services Desk or by calling 937.275.7431 x 152.

 


 

For your safety and protection, you must present a photo ID along with your membership card to enter the Boonshoft Museum, SunWatch and Fort Ancient.

Remember: membership is active for one full year from the date of purchase and is valid only for those persons named on the card. Fees and benefits are subject to change without notice.

For additional information or to purchase a membership over the phone, please contact the Membership Department at 937–275–7431, ext. 152.

Please Note: Member Benefits do not apply to free admission for special events, though our Members often receive special discounts on many of our Museum events. Memberships are non-refundable and non-transferable. Additionally, Museum Membership for the exclusive use of a single household as designated on the Membership Card. Photo identification is required at the time of visit and should match the person whose name is listed on the Membership.


         

Our years are marked by special occasions and the lasting joy we get seeing people overwhelmed with excitement through thoughtful gestures. Whether you are celebrating a birthday, holiday, or "just because" occasion, giving the gift of Membership is a wonderful way to give an entire year of educational fun to a family.


Just in case you need a better idea of why giving the gift of Membership is a wonderful idea, here are our top 5 reasons why a DSNH Membership is so special:


1) Giving the gift of Membership is for everyone! With different Membership levels, gifting a Membership to your favorite couple, family, or student is so simple and provides a wonderful experience to everyone listed on the membership! From one to eight people, a Museum Membership is a great and inclusive gifting option.
2) Museum Membership is affordable! With options as low as $40, purchasing a Museum Membership provides a year of experiences for one low price.
3) Unlimited access to all four sites! Our Members enjoy full access to all four of our Dayton Society of Natural History sites, the Boonshoft Museum, the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Springfield, SunWatch, and Fort Ancient.
4) We love our Members! Not only do we offer our Members FREE admission and special discounts, we host many special family days and Member-only events all year long!
5) Membership doesn't stop here! Most of our Membership levels carry reciprocal benefits that allow our Members to receive FREE or reduced admission to Children's Museums, Zoos & Aquariums, and Science & Technology Centers across the country!

To purchase a Gift Membership please visit the link below or call our friendly Membership Services staff at 937.275.7431 x 152.

Give the Gift of Family, Grandparent, Adventurer, Explorer, or Discoverer Membership

Give the Gift of Individual or Duo Membership


 

NEW for the 2015 Holiday Season! 

The 2015 shopping season is all about experiences, so skip the crowds at the big box stores and shop local for a year-long experience filled with family fun. We all know Family Memberships make a great gift, but if you want the real holiday gift unwrapping experience and more bang for your buck, consider buying a Membership in a Box!
For sale exclusively at our Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Dayton location, each Membership in a Box contains:



• An Exclusive Member Gift
• Family Level Membership Voucher
• Two FREE Passes so you can bring friends/additional family to the Museum
• Materials every Member needs to maximize their Membership experience


Each Membership in a Box is valued at $140, but for a limited time during the 2015 holiday season, these boxes will be available for just $100. Pick yours up today!

 


 

Adventurer ($135) - Purchase your Membership Today! or Give the Gift of Membership


Included on this level of membership are two named adults in the same household and six (6) children under 18. Each individual on the Membership must be named and each child should be familial and the express responsibility of the named adult on the Membership.


Benefits include:

  • Free unlimited admission to all four Dayton Society of Natural History (DSNH) Sites (Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Springfield, Fort Ancient Earthworks and Nature Preserve)
  • Free Planetarium shows in the Boonshoft Museum's Dome
  • Reciprocal benefits to over 150 zoos and aquariums and 300 science centers worldwide through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) reciprocal programs.
  • Ability to rent any of our locations for a private rental
  • Reciprocal benefits to Association of Children's Museum's institutions.*
  • Invitations to exclusive, member only events for a sneak peek of our newest special exhibitions before they open to the public and other fun family activities, like ChemFest, Nano Days, Red, White & Boonshoft, Archaeology Days, Nature Hikes, and much more!
  • Summer Camps, Science of Wine, Chemistry + Cocktails, Boonshoft Bash and Birthday Parties
  • 2 FREE admission passes. Enjoy a day of educational fun with friends who aren't on your Membership!
  • 15% discount at all four DSNH Gift Shops
  • Mailed Member Magazine & Electronic Newsletters to let you know what exciting special exhibitions, events, and activities are happening at the Dayton Society of Natural History.


(The ACM offers 50% for up to (6) individuals with no local restrictions. ACM Museums may admit additional individuals from the same household at their own discretion. The DSNH will admit all named individuals listen on the ACM membership cards.)

To purchase a Gift Membership please visit the link below or call our friendly Membership Services staff at 937.275.7431 x 152.

Give the Gift of Family, Adventurer, Grandparent, Explorer, or Discoverer Membership

Give the Gift of Individual or Duo Membership



Family ($100) - Purchase you Membership Today! or Give the Gift of Membership


Two named adults living in the same household, and six children or grandchildren under 18. Each child on the membership should be familial and the express responsibility of the named adult on the Membership.This Membership is good for one full year from date of purchase.


Benefits include:

  • Free unlimited admission to all four Dayton Society of Natural History (DSNH) Sites (Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Springfield, Fort Ancient Earthworks and Nature Preserve)
  • Free Planetarium shows in the Boonshoft Museum's Dome
  • Reciprocal benefits to over 150 zoos and aquariums and 300 science centers worldwide through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) reciprocal programs.
  • Ability to rent any of our locations for a private rental
  • Invitations to exclusive, member only events for a sneak peek of our newest special exhibitions before they open to the public and other fun family activities, like ChemFest, Nano Days, Red, White & Boonshoft, Archaeology Days, Nature Hikes, and much more!
  • Reduced rates and/or early registration for special activities/events including Summer Camps, Science of Wine, Chemistry + Cocktails, Boonshoft Bash and Birthday Parties
  • 10% discount at all four DSNH Gift Shops
  • Mailed Member Magazine & Electronic Newsletters to let you know what exciting special exhibitions, events, and activities are happening at the Dayton Society of Natural History.

To purchase a Gift Membership please visit the link below or call our friendly Membership Services staff at 937.275.7431 x 152.

Give the Gift of Family, Grandparent, Adventurer, Explorer, or Discoverer Membership

Give the Gift of Individual or Duo Membership


Grandparent ($100) - purchase your Membership today! or Give the Gift of Membership

Included on this level of membership are two named adults in the same household and six (6) children under 18. Each individual on the Membership must be named and each child should be familial and the express responsibility of the named adult on the Membership.

  • Free unlimited admission to all four Dayton Society of Natural History (DSNH) Sites (Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Springfield, Fort Ancient Earthworks and Nature Preserve)
  • Free Planetarium shows in the Boonshoft Museum's Dome
  • Reciprocal benefits to over 150 zoos and aquariums and 300 science centers worldwide through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) reciprocal programs.
  • Ability to rent any of our locations for a private rental
  • Invitations to exclusive, member only events for a sneak peek of our newest special exhibitions before they open to the public and other fun family activities, like ChemFest, Nano Days, Red, White & Boonshoft, Archaeology Days, Nature Hikes, and much more!
  • Reduced rates and/or early registration for special activities/events including Summer Camps, Science of Wine, Chemistry + Cocktails, Boonshoft Bash and Birthday Parties
  • 10% discount at all four DSNH Gift Shops
  • Mailed Member Magazine & Electronic Newsletters to let you know what exciting special exhibitions, events, and activities are happening at the Dayton Society of Natural History.

 

To purchase a Gift Membership please visit the link below or call our friendly Membership Services staff at 937.275.7431 x 152.

Give the Gift of Family, Grandparent, Adventurer, Explorer, or Discoverer Membership

Give the Gift of Individual or Duo Membership


 

Student ($25)

May only be purchased at the Museum with valid student ID. This membership is for one named adult (student 18 and older) and is good for one full year from date of purchase.


Benefits include:
• Free unlimited admission to all four Dayton Society of Natural History (DSNH) Sites (Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Springfield, Fort Ancient Earthworks and Nature Preserve)
• Free Planetarium shows in the Boonshoft Museum's Dome
• Invitations to exclusive, member only events for a sneak peek of our newest special exhibitions before they open to the public and other fun family activities, like ChemFest, Nano Days, Red, White & Boonshoft, Archaeology Days, Nature Hikes, and much more!
• Reduced rates and/or early registration for special activities/events including Summer Camps, Science of Wine, Chemistry + Cocktails, Boonshoft Bash and Birthday Parties
• 10% discount at all four DSNH Gift Shops
• Mailed Member Magazine & Electronic Newsletters to let you know what exciting special exhibitions, events, and activities are happening at the Dayton Society of Natural History.



Individual ($40) - Purchase your Membership Today! or Give the Gift of Membership


This membership is for one named adult and is good for one full year from date of purchase.


Benefits include:
• Free unlimited admission to all four Dayton Society of Natural History (DSNH) Sites (Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Springfield, Fort Ancient Earthworks and Nature Preserve)
• Free Planetarium shows in the Boonshoft Museum's Dome
• Invitations to exclusive, member only events celebrating special exhibitions and other fun family activities
• Reduced rates for special activities including Summer Camps and Birthday Parties
• 10% discount at all four DSNH Gift Shops
• Mailed Member Magazine & Electronic Newsletters to let you know what exciting special exhibitions, events, and activities are happening at the Dayton Society of Natural History.



Duo ($60) - Purchase your Membership Today! or Give the Gift of Membership


This membership is good for one named adult, plus another individual (in the same household) and is valid for one full year from date of purchase.


Benefits include:
• Free unlimited admission to all four Dayton Society of Natural History (DSNH) Sites (Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Springfield, Fort Ancient Earthworks and Nature Preserve)
• Free Planetarium shows in the Boonshoft Museum's Dome
• Invitations to exclusive, member only events for a sneak peek of our newest special exhibitions before they open to the public and other fun family activities, like ChemFest, Nano Days, Red, White & Boonshoft, Archaeology Days, Nature Hikes, and much more!
• Reduced rates and/or early registration for special activities/events including Summer Camps, Science of Wine, Chemistry + Cocktails, Boonshoft Bash and Birthday Parties
• 10% discount at all four DSNH Gift Shops
• Mailed Member Magazine & Electronic Newsletters to let you know what exciting special exhibitions, events, and activities are happening at the Dayton Society of Natural History.



Explorer ($250) - Purchase your Membership Today! or Give the Gift of Membership


Included on this level of membership are two named adults in the same household and six (6) children under 18. Each child on the membership should be familial and the express responsibility of the named adult on the Membership.


Benefits include:

  • Free unlimited admission to all four Dayton Society of Natural History (DSNH) Sites (Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Springfield, Fort Ancient Earthworks and Nature Preserve)
  • Free Planetarium shows in the Boonshoft Museum's Dome
  • Reciprocal benefits to over 150 zoos and aquariums and 300 science centers worldwide through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) reciprocal programs.
  • Ability to rent any of our locations for a private rental
  • Reciprocal benefits to Association of Children's Museum's institutions.*
  • Invitations to exclusive, member only events for a sneak peek of our newest special exhibitions before they open to the public and other fun family activities, like ChemFest, Nano Days, Red, White & Boonshoft, Archaeology Days, Nature Hikes, and much more!
  • Reduced rates and/or early registration for special activities/events including Summer Camps, Science of Wine, Chemistry + Cocktails, Boonshoft Bash and Birthday Parties
  • 4 FREE admission passes. Enjoy a day of educational fun with friends who aren't on your Membership!
  • Bring one (1) additional guest per visit to enjoy the day with you! (primary Member must be present)
  • Name recognition in our annual report as a dedicated supporter of the Dayton Society of Natural History
  • 20% discount at all four DSNH Gift Shops
  • Mailed Member Magazine & Electronic Newsletters to let you know what exciting special exhibitions, events, and activities are happening at the Dayton Society of Natural History.


(The ACM offers 50% for up to (6) individuals with no local restrictions. ACM Museums may admit additional individuals from the same household at their own discretion. The DSNH will admit all named individuals listen on the ACM membership cards.)


 
Discoverer ($500) - Purchase your Membership Today! or Give the Gift of Membership


Included on this level of membership are two named adults in the same household and six (6) children under 18. Each child or grandchild on the membership should be familial and the express responsibility of the named adult on the Membership.


Benefits include:

  • Free unlimited admission to all four Dayton Society of Natural History (DSNH) Sites (Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Springfield, Fort Ancient Earthworks and Nature Preserve)
  • Free Planetarium shows in the Boonshoft Museum's Dome
  • Reciprocal benefits to over 150 zoos and aquariums and 300 science centers worldwide through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) reciprocal programs.
  • Ability to rent any of our locations for a private rental
  • Reciprocal benefits to Association of Children's Museum's institutions.*
  • Invitations to exclusive, member only events for a sneak peek of our newest special exhibitions before they open to the public and other fun family activities, like ChemFest, Nano Days, Red, White & Boonshoft, Archaeology Days, Nature Hikes, and much more!
  • Reduced rates and/or early registration for special activities/events including Summer Camps, Science of Wine, Chemistry + Cocktails, Boonshoft Bash and Birthday Parties
  • 6 FREE admission passes. Enjoy a day of educational fun with friends who aren't on your Membership!
  • Bring two (2) additional guest per visit to enjoy the day with you (primary Member must be present)
  • Name recognition in our annual report and on our donor board as a dedicated supporter of the Dayton Society of Natural History
  • 20% discount at all four DSNH Gift Shops
  • Mailed Member Magazine & Electronic Newsletters to let you know what exciting special exhibitions, events, and activities are happening at the Dayton Society of Natural History.


(The ACM offers 50% for up to (6) individuals with no local restrictions. ACM Museums may admit additional individuals from the same household at their own discretion. The DSNH will admit all named individuals listen on the ACM membership cards.)


 John B. Greene Society ($1,200) - Purchase your Membership Today!


Included on this level of membership are two named adults in the same household and six (6) children under 18. Each child on the membership should be familial and the express responsibility of the named adult on the Membership.


Benefits include:

  • Free unlimited admission to all four Dayton Society of Natural History (DSNH) Sites (Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Springfield, Fort Ancient Earthworks and Nature Preserve)
  • Free Planetarium shows in the Boonshoft Museum's Dome
  • Reciprocal benefits to over 150 zoos and aquariums and 300 science centers worldwide through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) reciprocal programs.
  • Ability to rent any of our locations for a private rental at a discount.
  • Reciprocal benefits to Association of Children's Museum's institutions.*
  • Invitations to exclusive John B. Greene Society events.
  • Invitations to exclusive, member only events for a sneak peek of our newest special exhibitions before they open to the public and other fun family activities, like ChemFest, Nano Days, Red, White & Boonshoft, Archaeology Days, Nature Hikes, and much more!
  • Reduced rates and/or early registration for special activities/events including Summer Camps, Science of Wine, Chemistry + Cocktails, Boonshoft Bash and Birthday Parties
  • 6 FREE admission passes. Enjoy a day of educational fun with friends who aren't on your Membership!
  • Bring two (2) additional guest per visit to enjoy the day with you (primary Member must be present)
  • Private tour of our vast Collections Department with 1.7 million specimens and artifacts.
  • A complimentary Family membership for you to give to a friend or family. This benefits, if not used, can be donated to a family in need at the request of the Member.
  • Name recognition in our annual report as a dedicated supporter of the Dayton Society of Natural History
  • 25% discount at all four DSNH Gift Shops
  • Mailed Member Magazine & Electronic Newsletters to let you know what exciting special exhibitions, events, and activities are happening at the Dayton Society of Natural History.


(The ACM offers 50% for up to (6) individuals with no local restrictions. ACM Museums may admit additional individuals from the same household at their own discretion. The DSNH will admit all named individuals listen on the ACM membership cards.)



Add-On ($30/person)

Family level and up!


Add a, adult family member or caregiver to your membership! Whether it's a step-parent, grandparent, or adult-aged child—we recognize different families have different dynamics. Add up to two family members or caregivers to your existing membership for just $30/person and share an entire year of fun with your extended family!

Add-ons can be made by visiting the Guest Services Desk at the Museum or by calling the Museum at 937.275.7431 x 152.

 

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Military DiscountsActive military members receive $10.00 off of any Museum membership

The Dayton Society of Natural History values the brave men and women who serve our country, so individuals who are active military enjoy $10 off any Museum membership with currently military ID. Military discount is offered when you purchase a Museum Membership at any of our four DSNH sites. For more information please call 937.275.7431 x 152.

 

 

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