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

Conscientious Composting: Can you recycle a banana?

Have you ever wondered what happens to all the trash that we through away every day? Join us for Conscientious Composting as we take a closer look at what we throw away in waste bins and how we can give some of our trash a new life. Together we will explore the impact of trash on our environment and the ways we can recycle various materials. Not only that, but we will also dig into composting as our friends from Dayton's Foodbank talk about its uses and how we can all get started.

This interactive program runs for 30 minutes at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery's Amphitheater and is free with museum admission. Please sign up to reserve your spot today.

https://dsnh.regfox.com/conscientious-composting-can-you-recycle-a-banana

When: June 14, 15, & 16 @ 2:30pm

Where: Amphitheater located in front of the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery.

May Daily Programs Schedule

Sunday, May 19

Do Lab
1:30 – Bag o’ Matter
Keeper Talk
2:30 – Animal Encounter
4:00 – Otter Talk
Planetarium 
1:00 – Dinosaurs: A Story of Survival 
3:45 – Wildest Weather in the Solar System
Science Theater
3:30 – It’s a Gas!  

Mon - Fri

Do Lab
11:30 – Bag o’ Matter
1:30 – Bag o’ Matter 
Keeper Talk
2:30 – Animal Encounter
4:00 – Otter Talk

Planetarium 

11:00 – Dinosaurs: A Story of Survival 
1:00 – Live: The Sky Tonight
3:00 – Wildest Weather in the Solar System

Science Theater
3:30 – It’s a Gas!  
Toddler Exploration
10:00 – Astronomy Themed Baskets (Closed 5/28)

Saturday

Do Lab
3:30 – Bag o’ Matter
Keeper Talk
2:30 – Animal Encounter
4:00 – Otter Talk
Planetarium
11:00 – Dinosaurs: A Story of Survival
1:00 – Live: The Sky Tonight
3:00 – Wildest Weather in the Solar System
Science Theater
11:30 – It’s a Gas! 
1:30 – It’s a Gas! 
Toddler Exploration
10:00 – Astronomy Themed Baskets 

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.