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Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

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Address: 2600 Deweese Pkwy, Dayton, OH 45414-5400 (Formerly Dayton Museum of Discovery)
Phone Number: +1 937-275-7431
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The Boonshoft Museum is the premier destination for family learning in the...

The Boonshoft Museum is the premier destination for family learning in the Miami Valley. It is a natural history museum, science center, children's museum, planetarium, observatory and zoo!

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Great Kid's Activity

Took my 4 year old nephew for a visit to Boonshoft for his birthday. He had a blast and didn't want to leave after the 3-4 hours we spent there. His favorite activities were... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Lindsaydoodle
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Dayton, Ohio
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Dayton, Ohio
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took my 4 year old nephew for a visit to Boonshoft for his birthday. He had a blast and didn't want to leave after the 3-4 hours we spent there. His favorite activities were touching the sea star, visiting the hands on lab, the water table and the area with all the pretend businesses. It was a very hands-on experience... More 

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Thank Lindsaydoodle
Dayton, Ohio
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20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent for children of all ages. Very diversified in the sciences. Also very interactive with exhibits.kids will stay active and leave tired without a doubt. And well worth the admission price.

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Thank Mike K
Colorado Springs, United States
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30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

My children are 8 and 10 and we thought they might be too old for this place. Although there are a lot of options for younger children, my kids had a blast here. We did 5 experiments over the course of our time there, watched a movie and walked through the entire museum. There were people in character walking around... More 

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Thank Dawn W
Dayton, Ohio
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66 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Ideal for kids under 10, this is a phenomenal way to spend a rainy or cold day and get some energy out. The zoo has a lot of great rescue animals. And if you need a birthday party in the heart of winter for little kids, this is terrific.

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Thank M H
Essex, Connecticut
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Fun appetizers before the wedding reception where we were allowed to roam the Museum. The exhibits, especially the Zoo with live animals was quite a fun surprise

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Thank ptrkn629
Elizabethtown, Indiana
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72 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Family of 4 with kids 5 and 8 cost $52. Parking is free and plentiful. We were in 30 ft RV and had no issues in or out. We spent about 3 hours here but mainly because the kids enjoyed the climber and slide. The exhibits were not very interactive with buttons that didn't do anything and found a lot... More 

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Thank Etonian30
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20 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

We brought our 5 children ages 10, 8, 5, 3, and 6 months to the museum this saturday. We loved it! They have several little pretend occupation rooms like a auto shop, court room+jail, Pizza restaurant, grocery store, recycling truck, and a vet. When we are in the area again, we will be back!! I would absolutely recommend this museum... More 

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Thank Monica G
Lancaster, Ohio
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91 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

A great thing to do on a rainy day. Very good interactions for little ones but not for adults. Nice gift shop.

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Thank Zach C
Ohio
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415 reviews
88 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

I was very impressed when my wife and I went to their annual fundraiser this past weekend. I had not been there in many years. Some friends said they have taken their children there- there is a water exhibit and many animals and a lot to learn. It was much more impressive than expected. The fundraiser had a very nice... More 

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Union, Ohio, United States
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100 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

A science center, small animal zoo, treetop bird tower, planetarium and theater - all included in admission. A small exhibit area and a larger exhibit change on a regular basis. Science and experimentation are emphasized, but there are great play areas with science based fun. We have the grandparents annual membership.

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