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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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CFC #36476

Preschool - Third Grade Classes

Exhibits-To-Go Programming



First - Third Grade

Elementary school is a critical time when children start to embrace and feel challenged by subjects they explore in their classrooms. With experienced educators who use tools that aren't typically seen in classrooms, to subject matter that actively engages students and sparks inquiry, Exhibits-To-Go and Workshop programming is crafted specifically for elementary school students.

Life Science

Webs of Life
Explore the basic needs of organisms and their role in the environment, learn how organisms interact with one another, and trace the connections to form food webs. Take a closer look at these interactions through owl pellet dissection.

Earth & Space Science

T.R.A.S.H. [Take Responsible Action at School and Home]
Did you know that the USS New York was built with 24 tons of steel from the fallen World Trade Center? Students will learn where our trash goes, what it can become and how to put trash in its place by reusing it in a fun, interactive way. This exhibit is brought to you with assistance from the Montgomery County Solid Waste District.


Clear the Air
Introduce your students to the negative effects of tobacco in a new, dynamic way. This anti-smoking program uses dramatic role-play and interactive experiences. Emphasis will be on immediate, long-tern effects of tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.

Food, Fitness and Fun
Students will see how to brighten their day with colorful foods and experience fun aspects of eating, exercise and a healthy lifestyle. With direction from the Children's Medical Center, this class will alert the students to an alarming trend in America – obesity. Proper food choices, portion control and exercise will be offered as solutions to this problem.

SunWise (2-3 grades only)
How often are we hearing about the dangers of Ultra-Violet rays? Through fun glasses and interactive centers students will have a first-hand look at the danger of UV exposure and find ways to protect themselves. SunWise curriculum provided by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Wise About Eyes
Children will learn what they can do to keep their eyes healthy and safe as they explore their eyes and the precious gift if sight. This program demonstrates how eyes work and shows how to protect and care for them. "Eye-Popping" demonstrations and hands-on activities will provide the student with deeper insight into the world of vision and how to play safely.

No Bones About It (2-3 grades only)
With the help of a life-size skeleton, students will learn what makes us grow up safe, healthy and strong. Students will examine X-Rays and bones and learn about their structure and function. Each student will make their own jointed skeleton.

Physical Science

Attraction Action
Students will investigate the phenomenon of magnetism. Students will move objects in many different ways using magnetic force.

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 fun demonstrations.

Matter Box
Matter, matter everywhere! Fun experiments and demonstrations captivate students as they explore the different states of matter and what causes them to change.

Hands-on experimentation 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.




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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%