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Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Features Animals
Open Now: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Worth the drive on a rainy day!

When traveling with a large family rain can ruin things quickly. I have kids ranging from older... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Jennifer H
Detroit, Michigan
Fun place for kids, especially 4 year olds

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is a great place for kids to learn and play by exploring the... read more

Reviewed 17 August 2018
Austin S
via mobile
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  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“live animals”(24 reviews)
“all ages”(40 reviews)
“climbing area”(7 reviews)
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: 12:00 PM - 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 5 weeks ago

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

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!

Thank Austin S
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

Great to take grandkids to, we will go again soon. Will not wait as long between visits as we had a wonderful time with the grandkids.

Thank Patricia C
Reviewed 30 July 2018

My daughter and son in law have an annual membership to Boonshoft. It is a wonderful place to spend a day or just a couple of hours. The kids love the outdoor special slides and the indoor interactive water inventions. If you have curious children...More

Thank 712vickil
Reviewed 30 July 2018

My grandkids love playing in the water. Love all the hands-on items throughout the museum! Usually spend hours there!

Thank Pat R
Reviewed 22 July 2018

The exhibits and activity centers were interesting but the museum could use some TLC in areas. Stations were sticky from kids with dirty hand running around. Some stations did not work and the grounds outside looked neglected. A little bit of maintenance would help and...More

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Reviewed 9 July 2018

There is a tremendous variety of things to do and see here that appeals to kids and adults. Live animals are also mixed in with the science exhibits that provide a nice balance.

Thank Walter P
Reviewed 5 July 2018

Your children will have so much fun, animals to see, pet and sometimes even get to hold. A lot to learn about nature.

Thank Cindy M
Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

Went to a Christmas party that local union 82 was having for their employees, retirees and their families .It is an amazing place to visit.They have a lot to see and do. Their Christmas show was amazing , it was all done on the ceiling...More

Thank Harriet B
Reviewed 25 June 2018

This is the best children's museum I have ever been to. There is so much to do and explore. My almost 5 year old son and I had a great time here. The museum just keeps going and every time you think you have seen...More

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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