Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Dayton

4.4
#3 of 11 in Museums in Dayton
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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  • there is something for everyone at the Museum. All ages will find fun things to do. visit animals. make crafts. water play, climbing.  more »
  • We stopped in at this nifty Dayton Museum and were pleasantly surprised by the number and variety of exhibits. The grandkids (ages 5 - 12) had plenty of fun things to do throughout (the running water ...  more »
  • Great place for kids and adults. My absolute favorite is the otters in the wildlife zoo area but there are a lot of things to see and many hands on activities for children. It’s a fun way for a family...  more »
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  • This is a great place to take young children between the ages of 2 and 8 years old. Younger and older children can certainly enjoy many of the activities, but 3-8 is the sweet spot. While many of the areas focus on science and natural history, there are also exhibits/activity centers that encourage imaginative and open-ended play, which facilitates excellent early learning opportunities. My personal favorite room is the tree house where you can watch birds. It's a wooden room that has many windows, so you feel as though you are sitting in the trees among the birds.
  • Very nice museum. Family friendly. Exhibits were clean and in good repair. The mini zoo was great! Your admission is good all day so you can leave for lunch and come back. Also includes some basic planetaruim shows.
  • Its been so long ago since I went to the museum. However, its still a great museum to visit & do hands on. My grandson's laughter and excitement says it all. Worth taking the family for a day of fun! Staff were completely helpful, courteous & friendly.
  • Fun place for children to learn... and play. I like that they have a water table and an inside climbing area with a slide. Great for active kids, and keeping them from "getting bored". Although, not boring.. so much to explore from science stations, live animal exhibits, dinosaur area, solar system, water cycle and how water systems work, ancient civilization artifacts, love the planetarium theater, just so much to explore. Less crowded during the week. But still fun on weekends! there's a small dining area you can bring your own food in to eat, or buy from vending machines (mostly average vending food like chips, candy, soda, juice, etc.. But they did have few things like burritos, sandwiches, etc) and there's a microwave too. My kids (and I) enjoy it :) (ages 3 to 11) Definitely worth a visit.
  • Took my 3 children here for a family day out. Was a little worried as from the outside it looked a little small. But they have a large number of kid friendly activities and labs throughout the day. The planitarium is a really nice touch too which my little girls loved. It's just big enough to offer a solid days worth of fun! Great experience! Will go again.
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