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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Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Reviews
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  • August 9, 2017
    our first time here..so we didn't know what to expect..we took our 2 year old grandson and he had a blast..most attractions was at his eye level  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    Visited here with some friends from out of town. I have to say that it's awesome they give a nice military discount. There is so much to do that you could spend a whole day and still have stuff to do....  more »
  • August 4, 2017
    Took my 2 kids 4 and 7 to the museum we hadn't been in a while. I have to say I felt like it was very run down. The zoo is smaller and due to construction hard to get through. The Exhibits upstairs ar...  more »
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  • June 6, 2017
    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.
  • July 11, 2017
    Has everything! Keeps people of all ages interested & busy! Lots of learning, hands-on & reading with exhibits.
  • February 4, 2017
    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.
  • March 19, 2017
    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.
  • June 21, 2017
    I love this place! Lots to do. Always keeps my kid thinking.

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