The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery offers a variety of exhibits that 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!
Current Featured Exhibits
Enjoy our internally curated exhibition, Cut From the Same Cloth in Fraze Gallery. Then, embark on a deep sea adventure in the Main Exhibit Hall with Extreme Deep: Into the Abyss.
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Did you know... that the Dayton Society of Natural History curates approximately 1.8 million objects across various disciplines? The anthropology collection is our largest (1.4 million items) and is dominated by archaeological specimens, including artifacts excavated... Learn More
Now Showing in Fraze Gallery
In celebration of the 125th Anniversary of the Dayton Society of Natural History’s Collection, join us for an epic journey into the past! Venture to far-flung corners of Earth at this exhibition that... Learn More
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 is renovating and making improvements to some of your favorite spaces!
To help plan your visits, please be aware of the following schedule of CURRENT projects*
Construction on the second floor for our new Ancient Egypt exhibition... Learn More
Are you looking for a safe, hands-on play area for your youngest ones? Kids Place provides an expansive, sheltered place for fun, interactive activity for children ages 4 and younger. Using tactile learning tools, large muscle activity – and with plenty... Learn More
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 your interests lie... Learn More
Open daily from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
During this time, step up onto the small wooden deck area and peer into a little piece of the ocean! Tucked into the rocky display are live sea stars, sea anemones, sea cucumbers, and... Learn More
Opening May 5, 2018, this new space invites visitors of all ages to flex their creative muscles at a NEW building station on the second floor of the Boonshoft Museum. This space features slightly oversized “briks” in an expanded assortment... Learn More
Shop as you discover shapes, colors, and numbers, become a veterinarian, tune up a car, prepare a pizza, and learn the importance of recycling—it’s all part of the educational fun of Explorers Crossing, where kids discover... 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, see images of... 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
Visit Science Central to dive into a world of hands-on science fun. Whether you are conducting a hands-on experiment in the Do Lab or making a splash at the water table, the interactive learning opportunities are endless!
Climbing Tower &... Learn More
Have you ever questioned our place in the universe? Study astronomy in the Hall of the Universe, where a stroll through the cosmos lets you learn about our galaxy, and explore the beautiful, intriguing complexities of space.
After exploring... Learn More
The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery invites you to enjoy Science On a Sphere®. Go where you’ve never been and take a tour of the cosmos from an entirely new perspective!
This 68-inch diameter globe, suspended in... Learn More
Splash your way through this exhibition that explores the story of water in the Miami Valley! Discover more about our local aquifers, learn about conservation efforts and what you can do to preserve this natural resource, and even explore... Learn More