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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.
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Hall of the Universe

Hall of the Universe

Hall of the UniverseWhat is the fifth planet from the sun? Find out by getting lost in our Hall of the Universe, exploring the planets in our solar system and beyond. Short biographies of ground breaking astronomers accompany scientific explanations of celestial bodies and oddities. The Caryl D. Philips Space Theater, located next to the Hall of the Universe, houses the region’s only Digistar II star projection system, which is a state-of-the-art special purpose computer graphics planetarium system. Planetarium shows run daily.  

Space Theater Show Schedule March 2010

  Saturday
12:00 Larry Cat in Space*
1:00 Stroll through the Cosmos *
2:00 Laser Sunshine **
3:00 The Sky Tonight *
4:00 Digital Amusement Park **

 

  Sunday
1:00 Stroll through the Cosmos *
2:00 Laser Sunshine **
3:00 Sky Tonight *
4:00 Digital Amusement Park **

 

  Monday, Wednesday & Friday
2:00 The Sky Tonight *

 

  Tuesdays & Thursdays (except March 30)
2:00 Stroll through the Cosmos *

 

  Tuesday, March 16
5:30 The Sky Tonight *
6:15 Stroll through the Cosmos *

 

  Monday-Wednesday, March 29 - 31
11:00 Larry Cat in Space *
1:00 Stroll through the Cosmos *
2:00 The Sky Tonight *
3:00 Digital Amusement Park **

 

*All regular planetarium shows: FREE for our members. Additional cost of $1.00 for each non-member guest

**Showings of the special effects and laser matinees: $2.00/member Additional $3.00/non-member guest

* Stroll through the Cosmos – In this delightful show set on a clear night, Grandpa and his grandson, Nate, discuss general astronomy topics including life on other planets, stellar evolution and the constellations. General audience of all ages.

* The Sky Tonight - A live show answers the question "If I were to go out tonight what would I see if it is clear?" Planets, the moon, bright stars, major constellations, wonderful special effects and current astronomical events are featured. General audience of all ages.

* Larry Cat in Space – This is a playful presentation of an inquisitive cat that takes a trip to the moon. Larry gives us a “cats-eye-view” of the moon, backyard astronomy, space travel, and what it takes to live on another body in space. General audience, especially young children.

** Digital Amusement Park Special FX Show In this internationally award winning special effects show you will experience virtual reality type amusement park rides including a ferris wheel, scrambler, and several roller coasters. General audiences of all ages.

** Laser Sunshine– Are you tired of this cold weather? If so, join us in the Caryl D. Philips Space Theater and warm up with some great rock and roll favorites. These great melodies are played to laser lights and Digistar special effects. General audiences of all ages.

 
Third Friday ASTRONOMY, LASERS and OBSERVING
Celebrate International Year of Astronomy
March 19, 2010
7:00

What’s the Reason for the Seasons? – The Vernal Equinox occurs on Saturday, March 20. What causes the seasons? Learn which planets have seasons and why they occur. Learn how to participate at home in the worldwide program Earth Hour on Saturday, March 27. Get ready for planet Saturn to be visible all night and watch for Mercury lingering after sunset on April 8. FREE

8:30 What’s Up? If I were to go out tonight what will I see if it is clear?  Planets, the moon, bright stars, major constellations, wonderful special effects and current astronomical events are featured.  Tickets: FREE but limited
8:30-11:00 FREE Observing at the Apollo Observatory, weather permitting. Learn how to watch for Venus near the crescent moon on Tuesday evening, March 16
 
EVENING LASER SHOWS
Friday, March 19, 2010
Tickets $3.00/Member $5.00/Non-member
9:00 Classic Laser Rock – Many hits from the Doors, Zeppelin, the Eagles, the Beatles, Queen, Hendrix, and more great melodies set to lasers and great Digistar special effects. General audiences of all ages.
10:00 Led Zeppelin – Great hits such as Communication Breakdown, Stairway to Heaven and Black Dog are set to laser lights and Digistar special effects.
11:00 Pink Floyd: The Wall - Excerpts from The Wall album are set to laser lights and Digistar special effects.

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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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