Weekday Field Trips & Group Visits

The Boonshoft Museum understands the needs of teachers in our area. Whether you are a public, private, or homeschool educator, the Museum’s programs are designed to provide a high-quality learning experience for students while maintaining the fun, hands-on atmosphere that makes out-of-the-classroom learning so enjoyable. All programs are aligned to Academic Content Standards and most include preliminary and post-visit activities.

Schedule a Basic Field Trip/Group Visit

Review field trip pricing and policies below, then book your program online or by phone!

SUBMIT an inquiry form to begin scheduling your visit.
E-mail Education@BoonshoftMuseum.org or contact the Boonshoft Museum Education Department 937–275–7431, ext. 125 to speak directly to our friendly staff.

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Interested in scheduling trips to one of our sister sites? Contact Fort Ancient at 513-932-4421, and SunWatch at 937–268–8199.

Field Trip Fees & Policies

*Please note that the individual scheduling your visit will receive a packet, unless otherwise specified, confirming your reservation approximately one month prior to your visit. Please call immediately if you are unable to keep your scheduled reservation.
Note that there is no refund for cancellations made less than 14 days prior to scheduled visit. A $75 cancellation fee will be charged for any group that does not arrive on their scheduled visit day.

Field Trip Pricing

Self-Guide Tour/Field Trip:
Group admission of $9/person includes Science On a Sphere and public planetarium shows, excluding 3D movies. Two (2) adults free and required for every ten (10) children.
Minimum: 10 students.

Workshop OR Private Planetarium Show + Self-Guide Tour:
New for 2019! A flat rate of $250 will provide admission and private program for up to 30 students. Program options include your choice of either a hands-on workshop or private planetarium show. Two (2) adults will be admitted free and required for every ten (10) children; extra adults $9 each.

For ALL Group Visits/Field Trips:

  • Field Trips must be scheduled at least two (2) weeks prior to your actual visit.
  • Two adults at least 18 years of age are required for every 10 students and are admitted free. Other adult visitors are charged at the group admission rate.
  • Adults are expected to accompany and supervise the students at all times while at the Museum.
  • You MUST bring cash, check, purchase order, or MasterCard/Visa with you on the day of your visit. Coupons and other discounts are not valid for educational programs.
  • All groups must arrive on time.  If you arrive later than your scheduled time, your program may be shortened or canceled to meet Museum schedules.
  • A $75 cancellation fee will be charged for groups who do not attend on their scheduled day.

Learn more about the available workshops and planetarium experiences for your class here.

Weekday Self-Guided Tours

A Self-Guided Tour option is available for groups that wish to explore the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery independently Monday – Friday during regular operating hours. Two adults must accompany every 10 students to ensure a quality visit for all patrons of the Museum. Minimum: 10 students.

Fee: $9.00/student, 2 adults free for every 10 students; additional adults are $9.00 each. Please note that two (2) adults MUST ACCOMPANY every ten (10) students to ensure a quality visit for all patrons. Students/adults who are Society members will be admitted for free. A photocopy of their family’s membership card is required.

Book a Weekday Group Tour: To schedule a group tour, please call 937.275.7431, ext. 125 or submit an inquiry form.

Looking for weekend group admission options? Click here to learn more about weekend advance group sales.

Workshop Options

CLICK HERE for a complete listing of workshops and in-Museum classes.

Lunch Facilities

Groups may bring packed lunches to the Museum and reserve our eating facilities at no additional charge.

Lunch times MUST BE SCHEDULED prior to your visit. Space is very limited! Lunches are 30 minutes in length unless otherwise indicated; groups will not be permitted to eat lunch at the facility unless arrangements are made in advance, and groups are required to clean their lunch area before leaving. Cleaning supplies are provided by the Museum. All groups are subject to a $25 custodial fee for incomplete cleanup. See confirmation letter for details.


All groups are encouraged to take advantage of our PreShopping Souvenirs Program. This is an easy, convenient way for students to make purchases from the Discoveries Shop without spending additional time shopping. See confirmation letter for details. Groups with 30 students or less are welcome to shop on-site if the group has pre-scheduled a shopping experience at least one week in advance. Ten students accompanied by two adults are permitted in the store at one time. Each group of ten students requires an addition of 10 minutes to your other scheduled activities. Please remind all shoppers that tax is charged at the register.

Looking for information on homeschool programs? It has moved to our Homeschool Programs page.

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