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Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

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Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Family field trip

Great adventure with grandkids. Hands on, experiential, friendly staff. Movies were included and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Troy, Ohio
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Fun for the kids(and the adults)

The family met in Dayton for a weekend, and found the Boonshoft on Tripadvisor. We explored the fun... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dave H
Midlothian, Illinois
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The Boonshoft Museum is the premier destination for family learning in the Miami Valley. It is a natural history museum, science center, children's museum, planetarium, observatory and zoo!
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
2600 Deweese Pkwy, Dayton, OH 45414-5400
+1 937-275-7431
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great adventure with grandkids. Hands on, experiential, friendly staff. Movies were included and wonderful.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Bach66
Reviewed 1 week ago

The family met in Dayton for a weekend, and found the Boonshoft on Tripadvisor. We explored the fun things to do and eventually split with the boys going one way and the girls went the other. We all enjoyed the natureand science exhibits. We definetly...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Dave H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great place to come with your grandkids for an afternoon. There is a lot to see There is lots of animals and scientific things for the kids to do and learn about. It offers a lot of good experiences a child will...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank C0neman
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

When my children were preschoolers we would often spend several hours playing and learning at Boonshoft. As they grew older we would attend special events or traveling exhibits. They enjoyed the annual chemfest and summer time day camps. Now they are teens, they still enjoy...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Hatta H
Reviewed 21 November 2018

The grandkids always love visiting this wonderful Children's Museum. The last time we went we saw the intriguing Mr. C doing experiments. He took volunteers from the audience and my grandson enjoyed taking part. Always something fascinating at the museum.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank laurelboo
Reviewed 7 November 2018

this is a wonderful museum for kids- my two grandchildren love it- and also want to go back- the planetarium shows- more for adults- are excellent- so is science on a sphere and the mini-zoo

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Doug H
Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile

This is an awesome place for families! So much to do and discover. They even have a zoo with animals that are so well taken care of. The staff is great, the activities are great and the zoo is great!!!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Lorie C
Reviewed 5 November 2018

As a local, I sometimes overlook what Dayton has to offer. I take it for granted that other places have more better stuff. The Boonshoft proves me wrong! They are using technology to enhance the experience and not just for the usual museum type.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank cgplott1151
Reviewed 19 August 2018

When traveling with a large family rain can ruin things quickly. I have kids ranging from older teens to 6 years old. We were visiting Columbus and staying near OSU, because of rain our plans for the Thursday we were there had to be changed...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Jennifer H
Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is a great place for kids to learn and play by exploring the exhibits on their own, especially all the fun upstairs kids exhibits. Recommend!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Austin S
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10 March 2018|
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Response from Shannonpo | Reviewed this property |
Adults 14.50, seniors(60+) 12.50 and kids (3-17) 11.50
6 July 2017|
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Response from Nancy D | Reviewed this property |
It if for all age groups. They have a planatarium is the museum and all kinds of educational things for adults and children. I enjoy the animals and all the displays and shows.
6 July 2017|
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Response from Shari K | Reviewed this property |
I would say yes especially if they have never been there before. There are some animals you can see and a neat little short movie. Twelve year olds are getting a little old for this but if they haven't been I would say go... More