Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Dayton

4.3
#3 of 8 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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  • We had a fun morning. Both adults and kiddos enjoyed Boonshoft. Precious the sloth made International Sloth Day a day to remember. Every adult should do the slide.  more »
  • So much fun for while family! Animals to imagination play. The theatre is amazing! Play area and climbing keeps kiddos busy.  more »
  • Now that we live up north - we're quite spoiled with the quality, quantity, and proximity of our Museums. The Boonshoft is not as great as Indy, Cinci, or Columbus, but being in downtown Dayton and 10...  more »
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  • Great place. Clean, educational. However, I feel it was geared for young children. Very small. We walked through the whole place in less than an hour.
  • Has everything! Keeps people of all ages interested & busy! Lots of learning, hands-on & reading with exhibits.
  • We visit Boonshoft often so my experience may be different than a one time visit (If one time I would say 5 stars awesome museum because truly it is really great) There are many pros: I Love the bird watching area, the imagination areas with pizza making, recycling center etc. I love that you can bring your own food for lunch (there is no food served there) The man that does the Sky tonight shows is wonderful and very knowledgeable. Cons: I'm not in love with the newly remodeled kids area and think they could have done so much more with it. The water tables are just okay and the play area with climbing really isn't much fun for smaller kids. We will still continue to have a membership for the time being as I like the financially support the museum so they can continue to improve it.
  • This place is great. I've been here multiple times and I get a different experience each time! They are renovating one of their activities upstairs and it looks to be promising. To see that they are still making renovations leads me to believe this place will only become greater. Pricing is decent. Only downfall is not being able to purchase food. Overall great place for family and field trips.
  • I love this place! Lots to do. Always keeps my kid thinking.

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