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Private Collections Tour

From unusual oddities to important pieces of history, the Dayton Society of Natural History’s Collection houses 1.7 million objects that are just waiting to be explored. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of DSNH Collection, housed at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, and get a glimpse of extinct species, thousand-year-old fossils, cultural objects from around the world, and ancient artifacts from Dayton’s earliest inhabitants. Our professional anthropologists and historians guide you through our anthropology, biology, and geology collections and answer your questions. Perfect for small groups of up to 8 people. Group of 4, $150 and up to 8 people, $200.

Click here to start the process of booking a Private Collections Tour.

John B. Greene Members receive a Private Collections Tour as a part of their Membership. 

If your classroom is interested in booking a Private Collections Tour, email 

Discovery Zoo Tour Experiences - Add On a Private Zoo Experience When You Adopt an Animal for the Year!

The Live Animals Department at the Boonshoft Museum now offers two options that allow guests to get an inside look at the Discovery Zoo and its adorable residents. With over 100 live animals, the Discovery Zoo and EcoTrek are home to all kinds of crazy critters, from our Linne's two-toed sloth, Patience, to our charming Three banded armadillo, Sheldon.

Not only do these private programs allow guests to have hands-on interactions that our daily visitors don't typically experience, they also go behind-the-scenes with professional Zookeepers to care for our wonderful animals.

If you are interested in a private Discovery Zoo experience and the Adopt an Animal program click here.

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