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Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Features Animals
Closed Now: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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So much fun for while family! Animals to imagination play. The theatre is amazing! Play area and... read more

Reviewed 14 October 2017
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Spoiled in Ohio

Now that we live up north - we're quite spoiled with the quality, quantity, and proximity of our... read more

Reviewed 14 September 2017
Louis P
Dayton, Ohio
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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 14 October 2017 via mobile

So much fun for while family! Animals to imagination play. The theatre is amazing! Play area and climbing keeps kiddos busy.

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Reviewed 14 September 2017

Now that we live up north - we're quite spoiled with the quality, quantity, and proximity of our Museums. The Boonshoft is not as great as Indy, Cinci, or Columbus, but being in downtown Dayton and 10 minutes away changes the math for how motivated...More

Thank Louis P
Reviewed 28 August 2017

I was pleasantly surprised by this place. There was the usual children's museum things like a water table and pretend restaurants. But there was also live animals and a planetarium. My 6 year old science lover really enjoyed the Do Lab with hands on projects....More

Thank renee44
Reviewed 19 August 2017

As an adult, I was captivated by the interactive exhibits, the bird feeders hanging just outside the windows, and the detailed but simply-worded explanations of nature and science. My five-year-old son would have stayed in the Tower all day, though, climbing up net ropes and...More

Thank dianaschnuth
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

We go here frequently with our younger son and teenagers and we always have a great time. It offers lots of hands on activities and has a small zoo and aquarium with a touch center for sea creatures. It may be small in size but...More

Thank Keochin
Reviewed 10 August 2017

our first time here..so we didn't know what to expect..we took our 2 year old grandson and he had a blast..most attractions was at his eye level

Thank Tim H
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

Visited here with some friends from out of town. I have to say that it's awesome they give a nice military discount. There is so much to do that you could spend a whole day and still have stuff to do. The animals are so...More

1  Thank icatsyree
Reviewed 4 August 2017

Took my 2 kids 4 and 7 to the museum we hadn't been in a while. I have to say I felt like it was very run down. The zoo is smaller and due to construction hard to get through. The Exhibits upstairs are a...More

Thank crazym0mma
Reviewed 31 July 2017

Yes, these museums are built for kids and they should go, but I do wish they had more adult nights for the grown ups. As an adult, its impossible to get to do anything with the amount of kids. The museum itself is nice, the...More

Thank ambermichelles
Reviewed 29 July 2017

We stopped in for a quick visit on the way home from vacation and stayed 3 hours! The kids loved this place. Teens to toddlers. I wasn't expecting so many cool things for the kids to see. Their favorite is the small animal habitat with...More

Thank Pickeljuice
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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