Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Dayton

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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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  • This museum is our go to place for fun learning. My children look forward to our visits. There is an awesome play ground and pretend grocery/pizzeria play area that we save for last because they can.....  more »
  • If I lived close and my kids were still little, I would definitely have a membership. They have tons of hands-on activities, most in good working order. The small zoo and tidal pool would also be a...  more »
  • This is a nice find. Good entertainment for the kids plus educational. Excellent staff and a good afternoon stop  more »
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  • This was a great little get away for our family. Perfect activity for our kids ages 10, 5 and 4. There was plenty to do, they just couldn't stand still! The remodeling looks great and it's a smaller museum if you dont like to walk a lot. Lots of science activities and information for both kids and adults. We loved going through the small animal exhibit. I would recommend to all, not too expensive, comfortable and convenient if your local.
  • Well curated. Exhibits for children and adults mixed throughout. The zoo section had small animals that I usually don't see in other zoos. The Science on a Sphere is not spherical geometry but displays how various native cultures from around the world used scientific principles in daily life. One South American culture had a tall, skinny basket where poisonous vegetable matter was drained to separate toxins for hunting. The residual matter was made into flour for eating. I had never seen that in other cultural exhibits. This Museum of Discovery is worth another visit. Our 2-year old granddaughter loved it. Sure, she wore out fast but the ticket is good all day so you can come back after nap time. Or this would be a great way to break up a long cross country trip, especially if you already have passes to a participating museum.
  • Just got back from here, and I had a good amount of fun. It is a much better experience for little kids around 3-7 years old because of all the more basic hands- on equipment. It is a good way for little kids to learn about science and Ohio's lakes, rivers, and Dayton's recycling. I recommend coming here if you have a younger child that loves science!
  • We love the Boonshoft! Great way to keep your kids entertained, especially if you have a membership. We go and stay for 45-60 minutes (aka the length of a toddler attention span!) and leave when we get tired or it starts getting crowded.
  • This place was great! From outer space to live animals and even a tree house for bird watching. It was great for my kiddos and their cousins for the afternoon!

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