DSNH

Hours/Admission Cost

Monday - Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Visit FAQs and Discounts

ADMISSION

Children (3-12) $12.00
Adults $15.00
Seniors (60+) $13.00
Children (2 and under) Free
DSNH Members are FREE
  Remember! Members must present ID with their membership card during every visit.

The Boonshoft Museum is committed to providing a safe environment for all guests; children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult (18+) at all times.The Boonshoft Museum accepts cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AMEX, and personal checks with proper ID

Pond Study and Exploration Program

‘Water’ you doing this Summer? Join the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery as we investigate the aquatic organisms who make our living museum home. This outdoor program will take place on-site at Coovert Pond as staff will be recording the animals found within and around the pond. During these programs, guests will be able to learn about macroinvertebrates, water quality, and to enter the water along with an educator!
 

This interactive program runs for 30 minutes and is free with museum admission. However, registration is required as space is limited. 

When: July 20th, 26th, & 30th @ 2:30pm

Where: Attendees will meet in the Education Lobby at 2:00pm. We will all walk out together to the onsite pond across the parking lot.

Preparation: Please read the notes to prepare:

This program takes place entirely outdoors. We recommend sunscreen, hat, and towel to dry off.Only attendees ages 6 and up will be able to enter the pond (up to knee level).Please wear old closed toed shoes and clothes that can get wet.Bring a spare change of clothes to change into.

July Daily Programs Schedule

1:00pm Planetarium- Dinosaurs: A Story of Survival
2:00pm Do Lab- Water Quality pH Test 
2:30pm Keeper Talk- Animal Encounter
3:00pm Planetarium- Big Astronomy
4:00pm Science Theater- Amazing Science 

11:00am Planetarium- Dinosaurs: A Story of Survival
11:30am Do Lab- Water Quality pH Test
1:00pm Planetarium- Live: The Sky Tonight 
1:30pm Do Lab- Water Quality Test
2:30pm Keeper Talk- Animal Encounter
3:00pm Planetarium- Big Astronomy
3:30pm Science Theater- Amazing Science 
4:00pm Planetarium- SpacePark 360 
4:00pm Otter Talk- North American River Otters

11:00am Planetarium- Dinosaurs: A Story of Survival
11:30am Do Lab- Water Quality pH Test
1:00pm Planetarium- Live: The Sky Tonight
1:30pm Do Lab- Water Quality Test
2:30pm Keeper Talk- Animal Encounter
3:00pm Planetarium- Big Astronomy
3:00pm Hornbill Happenings- Feeding and Training (Outside enclosure in zoo)
3:10pm Fox Fun- Feeding and Training (Outside enclosure in zoo)
3:30pm Science Theater- Amazing Science
4:00pm Planetarium- SpacePark 360
4:00pm Otter Talk- North American River Otters

11:00am Planetarium- Dinosaurs: A Story of Survival
11:30am Do Lab- Water Quality pH Test
1:00pm Planetarium- Live: The Sky Tonight
1:30pm Do Lab- Water Quality Test
2:30pm Keeper Talk- Animal Encounter
3:00pm Planetarium- Big Astronomy
3:00pm Hornbill Happenings- Feeding and Training (outside enclosure in zoo)
3:10pm Fox Fun- Feeding and Training (outside enclosure in zoo)
3:30pm Science Theater- Amazing Science
4:00pm Otter Talk- North American River Otters

11:00am Planetarium- Dinosaurs: A Story of Survival
11:30am Do Lab- Water Quality pH Test
1:00pm Planetarium- Live: The Sky Tonight
1:30pm Do Lab- Water Quality Test
2:30pm Keeper Talk- Animal Encounter
3:00pm Planetarium- Big Astronomy
3:00pm Hornbill Happenings- Feeding and Training (outside enclosure in zoo)
3:10pm Fox Fun- Feeding and Training (outside enclosure in zoo)
3:30pm Science Theater- Amazing Science
4:00pm Planetarium- SpacePark 360
4:00pm Otter Talk- North American River Otters

11:00am Planetarium- Dinosaurs: A Story of Survival
11:30am Do Lab- Water Quality pH Test
1:00pm Planetarium- Live: The Sky Tonight
1:30pm Do Lab- Water Quality Test
2:30pm Keeper Talk- Animal Encounter
3:00pm Planetarium- Big Astronomy
3:00pm Hornbill Happenings- Feeding and Training (outside enclosure in zoo)
3:10pm Fox Fun- Feeding and Training (outside enclosure in zoo)
3:30pm Science Theater- Amazing Science
4:00pm Planetarium- SpacePark 360
4:00pm Otter Talk- North American River Otters

10:00am Do Lab- Water Quality pH Test 
11:00am Planetarium-
Dinosaurs: A Story of Survival
11:30pm Science Theater- Amazing Science
1:00pm Planetarium- Live: The Sky Tonight
1:30pm Science Theater- Amazing Science
2:30pm Keeper Talk- Animal Encounter (outside enclosure in zoo)
3:00pm Planetarium- Big Astronomy
3:00pm Hornbill Happenings- Feeding and Training (outside enclosure in zoo)
3:10pm Fox Fun- Feeding and Training
3:30pm Do Lab- Water Quality pH Test
4:00pm Planetarium- SpacePark 360
4:00pm Otter Talk- North American River Otters

Summer Laser Series Tickets on sale NOW!

Step into a world of dazzling lights and electrifying energy! Join us for an unforgettable experience as we present our Laser Light Show Summer Series 🌟 Get ready to be swept away by a symphony of colors, dynamic patterns, and pulsating beats. Our series kicks off May 31st and runs through Labor Day Weekend! The first month of shows are up and tickets are available. Stay tuned for our second half of summer announcement.

Such a fun experience for the little ones!! Not only are allowed to just be kids and play, everything they touch is educational! We will definitely be coming back!
Alaina Robinson
Great place for kids and adults, lots of interesting and educational exhibits, hands-on activities for children of all ages. All in a beautiful setting with a planetarium, and even a live animal area.
Valerie Fidder
Had a great time here very clean and lots for kids to do!.
Destiny Jade

Some of our Sponsors

The Jesse and Caryl Philips Foundation
Kettering Family Philanthropies
Mr. and Mrs. Irvin G. Bieser, Jr.

The Berry Family Foundation 

It's official! Our brand new Paleo Lab is open to the public. Come visit this beautiful new space located inside the Eco Eatery. It includes fossil specimens, a dig pit, large foam dino puzzles, and the opportunity to see our paleontology crew work on articulating and constructing our hadrosaur skeleton! Open daily!

Bieser Room of Wonders

A complete transformation of the Bieser Discovery Center has been completed on the first floor of the museum. The final step in a multi-year project to better display more artifacts from our 1.8 million object collection. Come and see what we have to offer!

The Mole-rats are Here!

We are so excited to announce the unveiling of our newest addition to the Discovery Zoo, a naked mole-rat colony! With the help of folks from AV Glass, GlassWorks, Front Street Art Studio, Dayton Digital Woodworking, and artist Rusty Hardin, we have a fantastic new exhibit for guests to enjoy!

Upgrades at SunWatch

We won the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Grant to help with a multi-year project that has begun the construction phase in 2022. Through a matching grant for capital improvements by the National Endowment for the Humanities, we are making some much needed updates to the SunWatch Interpretive Center!

It takes a village - and every little bit helps!

Every dollar we receive will go toward our NEH Matching Grant that will help us make SunWatch more accessible. This will allow us to engage and inspire even more families in our community by providing high-quality, interactive educational opportunities that enrich the lives of children and adults.