Museum Info

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 7-12

Grades 9–12High school programs are designed to build knowledge, encourage critical thinking and problem solving, and to prepare students for their roles as decision makers in society. And of course, all programs are aligned to 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.

Biomes and Biodiversity

Study the carbon cycle while comparing and contrasting live organisms from different biomes and how their survival depends on biotic and abiotic factors. This program will feature the exhibit, Science on a Sphere®.

Amazing Body

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

Genetics & Heredity

Thomas Hunt Morgan won the Nobel Prize for his discoveries that help us better understand heredity. In this program your 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.

River Study

Students become field biologists and ecologist 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.

Earth and Space Science

Earth's Changing Surface

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

Secret Lives of Stars

Every star has a unique take told over millions of years, so 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 sky.

Two Small Pieces of Glass (grades 7-8 only)

Two students interact with an astronomer at the local star property and along the way learn how telescopes work, the history of telescopes and some of the major discoveries made by using these instruments. This show is followed by 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 from a scientific point of view.

Urban Ecology

View the Earth from a new perspective as we uncover important global issues. Students will participate in hands-on activities that allow them to make connections between the Earth and human health. Your students will develop an understanding of how their actions affect us all and how we can improve environmental conditions.


Students will analyze satellite data from Science on a Sphere®, engage in hands-on activities and examine the atmosphere, ocean currents, and thermal energy to discover the Earth's Hydrologic Cycle.

Technology & Math

Life on Nanoscale

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

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

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%