The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery's Featured Exhibits are designed to mix engaging educational experiences with entertaining interactions. Visitors of all ages enjoy innovative subject matter that is easy to grasp, fun to explore, and allows visitors to discover their inner scientist, archaeologist, zoologist, and more!
The Museum's Featured Exhibits are carefully selected by the Dayton Society of Natural History's Exhibit Committee; ensuring the selected exhibitions come from a wide range of educational and scientific disciplines, in addition to staying relevant in light of societal trends and educational needs.
Because the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is a children’s museum, science/technology center, and accredited zoo there are dozens of exciting exhibits for people of all ages and interests.
The Boonshoft Museum will be renovating some of your favorite spaces throughout 2017! To help plan your visits, please be aware of the following schedule* September 25-October 20, 2017 The Caryl D. Philips Space Theater (planetarium) will be CLOSED for renovations, including roof... Learn More
Bieser Discovery Center The natural world is full of wonder and delight. In the Bieser Discovery Center, foster an interest in all things natural. Here, your child will study reptiles, insects, and mammals and examine fossils, minerals, and more. Whether... Learn More
No visit to the Museum would be complete without a visit to one of its oldest inhabitants, Nesiur the Mummy. Find her in the African Room, where you’ll also discover fascinating African artifacts like traditional pottery, jewelry, and... Learn More
Do some grocery shopping, become a veterinarian, tune up a car, preside over a trial, and learn the importance of recycling—it’s all part of the educational fun of Explorers Crossing, where kids discover their potential to... Learn More
A remarkable permanent exhibit space, the MeadWestvaco Treehouse is just that: a fully-enclosed treehouse that extends beyond the traditional walls of the Museum to grant better access to the natural world. While inside, learn about environmental preservation, encounter live Honey... Learn More
They are adorable, furry, feathered, and sometimes even scaly, but most visitors agree – the residents of the Discovery Zoo are a must-see on every trip to the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. Managed by the Live Animals Department, the Discovery... Learn More