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Boonshoft Museum of

2600 DeWeese Parkway
Dayton, OH 45414
(937) 275-7431
Fax (937) 275-5811
TTY (937) 278-6076

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Monday – Saturday
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Closed: New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, Chistmas Eve, Christmas Day, Easter

General Admission

Children (3-16) $10.00
Seniors (60+) $11.00
Adults $13.00
Children under 3 and members are FREE.
Help us create a fun, safe environment for all our visitors! Children under 16 should always be accompanied by an adult in the Museum.
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Special Events

Evening of Astronomy: Cassini at Saturn & MESSENGER at Mercury

Friday, April 18
7:00 p.m.

Thanks to Cassini and MESSENGER we have learned a lot about both Saturn and Mercury! Join us to learn more about these beautiful planets, which are visible in the sky this month!

Learn More about Evening of Astronomy programs.

Earth Day Celebration

EPA Earth Day Celebration
Tuesday, April 22, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Exclusive Extended Hours for Members: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

We have 60 reasons to celebrate Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22! The Boonshoft Museum's Discovery Zoo is rehabilitating over 60 salamanders rescued from the recent oil pipeline leak in Hamilton County and to celebrate the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is joining us for an entire day of festivities with extended Museum hours from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. just for Members!

*Members: Please bring your Museum Membership cards so you can check in with staff upon arrival!


Astronomy Day

Saturday, MayGroundhog Day
4:00 p.m.

Join us for a day celebrating astronomy, complete with safe solar observing (weather permitting) and various astronomy demonstrations.  Rain or shine; included with regular admission.





Create Night

Create Night
At the Boonshoft Museum
Thursday, May 15, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Calling all DIYers, this is an evening just for you! The combination of curiosity and hands-on craft has birthed some seriously cool inventions over the course of history. Join the Education Department as they help guests combine art, science, and craft to create one-of-a-kind take-homes from personalized silk screens and soft circuits, to DIY derby cars made out of repurposed materials. 18+; $12/members, $15/non-members. $20 at the door. Admission includes project materials, light bights, and beverages. Online registration will be available on April 14 at noon.

Evening of Astronomy: Eyes on the Universe Tonight

Friday, May 16, 7:00 p.m.

Models strongly suggest that the Earth will encounter much material from Comet 209P/LINEAR on May 24 and that this may be the strongest meteor display of 2014.

Learn More about Evening of Astronomy Programs




Boonshoft's Brew School

Brew School
At Bostons Bistro & Pub
Saturday, May 31, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Discover the chemistry behind the craft that creates one of the world's oldest, most enjoyed beverages, beer! From seasonal selections and locally crafted microbrews to DIY homebrew, beer drinkers of all persuasions will enjoy this hands-on evening. Explore the science that goes into the brewing process with Dr. Bob Bateman of Sinclair Community College, and then enjoy craft beer with delicious food pairings as you observe a brewing demonstration by experienced locals from the Draft Home Brewers. Pre-registration is required and available online. 21+, ID required at the door. $25 for members, $30 for non-members. Beer and food pairings are included; all participants will receive a commemorative pint glass. Online registration is now available.

Brew School will also offer a raffle with themed baskets and more. Tickets are $1/ticket or 6 for $5.

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Pub Science

About Pub Science

Pub Science provides a unique opportunity for adults to explore the newest thinking and scientific research in a casual atmosphere. No prior knowledge of the subjects is required, and there are no silly questions. Just bring yourself, your friends and your curiosity! It is currently held at Blind Bob’s, located in Dayton’s Oregon District. Admission to Pub Science is free; donations accepted at the door.


Pub Science

Past Events

Past Events

Science of Wine

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery's Science of Wine

Saturday, February 1, 7:00 - 10:30 p.m.

Venture to the rainforests of South America for a taste of the Amazon! Join the volunteer Associate Board for an adventurous evening of wine, heavy hors d'oeuvres, raffle prizes, and live music as you savor the exotic sights and sounds of the region and enjoy a preview of the latest traveling exhibition: Amazon Voyage.

Cost: $100/person

Online sales have now ended; tickets may still be purchased at the door.


Pub Science: The Eternal Quest Against Fire

At Blind Bob's, located in Dayton's Oregon District
Tuesday, September 11, 7:00 p.m.

Fire is an equally constructive and destructive force of nature that humanity has sought to harness to its needs since the “discovery” of this phenomena and fire is something we continue to try to protect against.  In this seminar, Dr. Alexander Morgan will present a holistic view of the material flammability problem in the US, what the fire safety & scientific issues are, what the non-scientific issues are, and technical progress that has been made towards addressing both of these problems at the same time..

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An Evening of Astronomy: Saturn in its Spectacular Glory

Friday, September 16, 6:30 p.m

The Cassini spacecraft has orbited Saturn for over eight years, supplying us with gorgeous images and a better understanding of the planet, its rings, and unusual details of some of its sixty odd moons. Admission to this educational program and night sky observing (located in the Apollo Observatory, weather permitting) is FREE.

Learn More about Evening of Astronomy programs.

Friday Night at the Movies, a three-show combo that takes place each week and includes a Planetarium show, full dome film and 3D movie, will take place in The Dome beginning at 7:30 p.m.  (Additional fees apply.)  Learn more about The Dome.

An Evening of Astronomy: Blue Moon

Friday, August 17, 6:30 p.m

Explore a few lunar myths, check out lunar phases, and learn why there will be a Blue Moon on August 31.  Learn about International Observe the Moon Night, celebrated on September 22.

Immediately following this program, “What’s Up?” will be hosted in the Planetarium, featuring a presentation of what can be seen in the night sky on a clear evening.  Live observing will continue throughout the evening in the Apollo Observatory.  (Admission to these educational programs is free.)

Learn More about Evening of Astronomy programs.

Friday Night at the Movies, a three-show combo that takes place each week and includes a Planetarium show, full dome film and 3D movie, will take place in The Dome beginning at 7:30 p.m.  (Additional fees apply.)  Learn more about The Dome.

The Friends Book Sale and Flea Market

Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

“The Friends” of the Dayton Society of Natural History will be hosting the annual Book Sale and Flea Market to benefit the Boonshoft Museum and SunWatch.  The sale will include an eclectic collection of merchandise, including used books, toys, household items, and office equipment.

FIRST LEGO® League Regional Robotics Competition

FIRST LEGO® League Regional Robotics Competition

Saturday, December 10, noon-3:00 p.m.

See LEGO robots of all shapes that have been transformed into imaginative designs, and watch the teams of builders compete for a chance to advance to the state-wide competition.

Sponsored by: Teradata

Saturday Night at the Movies

Saturday, February 5Evening of Astronomy
Shows start at 5:00 p.m.

View the Caryl D. Philips Space Theater in a whole new light during an evening that will showcase the latest in digital planetarium technology: the Digistar 4. On loan to the Boonshoft Museum for a limited time, the enhanced visuals and out-of-this-world image quality of the D4 will produce a sensory experience that is not to be missed. For one evening, guests can enjoy up to six different shows in the Planetarium that take advantage of the fulldome capabilities of this technology to bring learning to vivid life. Tickets are required for each movie. For members, tickets to SpacePark360 are $2.00, free for all other shows.  For non-members, tickets to SpacePark360 are $3.00, and tickets for all other shows are $1.00.


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