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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.
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Field Trips

Grades 1–3

Grades 1–3Early experiences last a lifetime!  All early elementary programs are designed to be engaging and build confidence in “doing” science, while meeting Ohio’s Academic Content Standards.


Life Science

Meet the Animals

Get up-close and personal with live animals! Observe, explore, and compare the characteristics and behaviors of these animals and learn more about their natural environments. This educational experience finishes with a trip to the Discovery Zoo.

Habitats & Homes

Discover how Ohio's wildlife survives in distinct environments and habitats. Explore the needs and daily lives of native animals. Students will get hands-on with real animal-built structures and meet live animals.

Pond Study

Observe live animals and plants to explore their adaptations to life in a pond in this workshop unique to The Boonshoft! Discuss life in this aquatic habitat before venturing off to Coovert's Pond. Learn the life cycle and specific needs of several species. Seasonal and weather permitting.

Webs of Life

Explore the basic needs of organisms and their role in the environment. Students learn how animals interact with one another and trace the connections to form food webs. Predator-prey relationships are demonstrated with an owl pellet dissection in this experience.

Traits of Living Things

Young scientists will study the important traits, life cycles, and environments of plants and animals native to Ohio. Additionally, students will explore the differences between living and non-living organisms.

Earth & Space Science

Children of the Sun

This program focuses on the Earth, Sun, and Moon, and provide an opportunity to "visit" the current night sky in the Caryl D. Philips Space Theater.

Diggin' Dirt

Students become dirt detectives through investigation in this fun and slimy workshop! Participants create observations about soil texture, explore life that lives underground, and study worms to determine how they affect those of us who live above ground.

Great Planetary Adventure (grades 3 only)

Following a brief visit to the night sky, students journey through the Solar System learning basic characteristics of each planet.

Starry Sky (grades 3 only)

Tales of constellation and star myths are told to familiarize students with the evening sky. The stars and planets visible in the current night sky are featured along with topics such as the Milky Way meteors.

Storm Center SOS

Join the Boonshoft team to study weather patterns and to examine the sun and discover its relationship to energy and weather. This program will feature the exhibit, Science on a Sphere®.

Mineral Detectives

Become a mineral specialist by identifying characteristics like shine and hardness. Students will discover the many uses and purposes of the Earth's geological wonders while getting touching real mineral specimens.

Physical Science

Attraction Action

Investigate the mystery of magnetism! From refrigerator magnets to car-lifting electro magnets, these magnificent materials are all around us. Hands-on exploration helps students understand how magnets work and can attract within all three states of matter.


What is energy? How does it change? What are the different forms of energy? Students discover the answers to these questions and more through hands-on experiments and exciting large scale demonstrations.


Matter is everywhere and makes up everything. Fun experiments and demonstrations captivate students as they explore the different states of matter and experience transformations right before their eyes.


Hands-on experiments will bring the concepts of force and motion to life. Students will use different forces to move objects in a variety of ways. Students will also investigate how forces such as friction and gravity change the motion of objects.

Technology & Math


Bubble fun goes beyond the bubble wand. Students learn the scientific method as they apply math and chemistry to explore the fantastic science of bubbles.


Click here for field trip scheduling and fees. For more information about these programs, please call 937.275.7431 x 116 or email 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!

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%