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Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

2600 DeWeese Parkway
Dayton, Ohio

Phone: 937-275-7431 --


The mission of the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is to be the premier regional provider of interactive science learning experiences which enrich the lives of children and adults, enhance the quality of life in our community, and promote a broad understanding of the world.  To preserve, protect and enhance the Museum’s anthropology, geology, paleontology and biology collections, and make these collections available for exhibition, education and research purposes.
Formerly known as the Dayton Museum of Natural History and the Dayton Museum of Discovery.

Main Attractions:

Reach for all the adventures when you visit Dayton’s premier attraction for interactive science learning and exploration for the entire family!  Get up close and personal with live animals in the Charles Exley Jr. Wild Ohio Zoo; explore environments around the world in EcoTrek; learn about air, water and motion in Oscar Boonshoft Science Central; catch a planetarium or laser show in the Caryl D. Philips Space Theater; visit the forest in the Mead Treehouse and much, much more!  Traveling exhibits, special events, public programming… there’s always something new to discover!

Major Collections:

Anthropology, Biology, Geology, Paleontology

2002 Exhibits:

Tongass: America’s Own Rainforest November 2, 2001 – May 12, 2002
Hunters of the Sky February 2 – April 28, 2002
K’NEXhibition May 24 – August 26, 2002
Make It Move  May 25 – September 8, 2002
Racecar: The Science of Speed September 8 – December 30, 2002
Brain Matters and Brain Teasers September 28, 2002 – January 5, 2003

2003 Exhibits:

How Things Work February 1 – April 30, 2003
Ohio Glass and Pottery February 1 – April 30, 2003
MarsQuest  June 1 – August 31, 2003
Bodies in Motion October 1 – December 30, 2003

2004 Exhibits:

Prehistoric Playground January 31 – May 2, 2004

Located just north of Downtown Dayton. From I-75, take the Siebenthaler/Wagner Ford exit (57B).  Take N. Dixie Dr. to Siebenthaler Ave. to Ridge Ave. to DeWeese Parkway.  Watch for the Museum signs.

$7.50 Adults; $5.50 Seniors; $5.00 Children 2-12; Under 2 and Members free.  Please call or visit Web site to confirm prices.


Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 12 – 5 p.m.


Key Personnel:

Mark J. Meister, Executive Director
Cathi Eastman, Director of Marketing
Chuck Fields, Information Director

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