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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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Field Trips

Grades 4–6

Grades 4–8Programs for middle school grades encourage students to make connections between academic learning, personal experiences and society. In addition to meeting Ohio Academic Content Standards, these programs encourage problem-solving, critical thinking, and taking action beyond the initial learning experience.

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.

Amazing Body

The human body is an incredible and complex machine. Using mathematic modeling and dissection tools, students will compare elements of human anatomy to other mammals and discover how similar we are.

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.

River Study

Students become field biologists and ecologists as they examine macro invertebrates and water samples from the Stillwater River. Discover the chain reaction between pollution and the Stillwater's chemical composition to learn how it affects the river's living organisms. Field study takes place rain or shine; dress for the weather. In case of dangerous weather the program will be rescheduled. (Seasonal)

Paleontologist: Finding Fossil Evidence

How do scientists know about things that lived so long ago? This program introduces geologic time and the methods paleontologists use to determine the age of fossils.

Genetics and Heredity

Thomas Hunt Morgan won the Nobel Prize for his discoveries that help us better understand heredity. In this program students will develop new crosses to show linkage, discover sex-linked traits and mutations as they experience working as geneticists. Please schedule at least one month in advance to ensure adequate specimens.

Earth & Space Science

Cosmic Colors (Grades 5-6 only)

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

Earth's Changing Surface

How does the Earth's surface change? Take a closer look at how weathering, erosion and natural disasters continuously shape our planet. This program will feature the exhibit, Science on a Sphere®.

Great Planetary Adventure (grades 4 only)

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

Secret Lives of Stars (Grades 5-6 only)

Every star has a unique tale told over millions of years, and as scientists peer deeply into the night they learn of those stars' untold secrets. Examples are given of specific stars and how they have and will change over time in the life cycle of stars. This show is followed by a brief tour of the current night's sky.

Starry Sky

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.

System of Sol 

Students gain an appreciation of the Earth by learning about the beautiful, but hostile environments of other planets in our Solar System. The Sun, each of the eight planets, and Pluto are visited following a brief tour of the current night sky.

Global Climate Change

Investigate the most recent research of global climate change on the Science on a Sphere. Create an acid lake to gain a clearer understanding of this hot button topic.

Soil Rocks

Students will discover the importance of soil and learn what can happen if neglected. We will tackle issues such as farming practices and erosion, and how they affect the soil. This program features observation and explanation about rocks' role in the Earth's development.

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


Get your students energized about physical science with this interactive ninety minute workshop. Content includes kinetic and potential energy, light and sound energy, and energy transformation. Cooperative learning strategies compared with exciting demonstrations makes this experience one you don't want to miss.

Use the Force

Students will perform activities that involve a variety of forces such as magnetism, friction, and gravity. Through hands-on experiments students will learn about the concepts of speed and kinetic energy.


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.


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.

Technology & Math

Liquid Geometry

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

Life on the Nanoscale

Find out how things so small can be such a big deal. Students will discover through one-of-a-kind experiments and exciting demonstrations how matter behaves at the smallest of scales.

Click here for field trip scheduling and fees. For more information on programming 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!

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Science On a Sphere® - 23.3%
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Recycling Center - 16.6%
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