Membership with Dayton Society of Natural History

New Packages!

In order to meet the needs of our members more fully, we are restructuring our membership benefits and levels. Members can now pick the package AND benefits that suit them the best!

Membership Packages


One (1) named adult.


Either 2 Adults OR One Adult & One Child (17 or under)


Two named adults and all of their children or grandchildren (ages 17 and under) living in their household and/or related to them. All Family levels also include Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) reciprocity

Membership Benefits

Standard Benefits:

  • Unlimited admission to all Dayton Society of Natural History sites
  • 10% discount in the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery and SunWatch gift shops
  • Unlimited regular shows in the Caryl D. Philips Space Theater at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
  • Quarterly Events and Activities Guide
  • Subscription to our E-Newsletter about everything that is happening at our sites


  • Early registration and discounts on some programming, including summer camps
  • Members Only activities throughout the year
  • Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) and Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Reciprocity
  • Ability to purchase named add-ons (limit of two; $30 each)

Premium Benefits:

  • All Standard Benefits, plus:
    • 15% Discount in both DSNH gift shops
    • Additional, unnamed guest with every visit
    • $3 off Admission for guests (cardholder must be present, limit three per day)
    • Option to have an Independent Add-On (limit of one; $50; Independent Add-On cannot bring additional guest)

Individual Standard: $45

Individual Premium: $90           

Duo Standard: $65       

Duo Premium: $120

Family Standard: $135

Family Premium: $200

Donor Levels

Our Membership structure has changed! 

You now can completely customize your Membership

 – both in size and in benefits! 

Explorer ($350) Benefits:

All Premium Family benefits, plus:

  • 4 Free Passes (main cardholder does not need to be present to redeem)
  • $150 Tax Deductible value

Discoverer ($550) Benefits:

All Premium Family benefits, plus:

  • 6 Free Passes
  • 1 Complimentary Standard Family voucher
  • $350 Tax Deductible Value

John B. Greene Society ($1,200) Benefits:

All Premium Family benefits, plus:

  • 8 Free Passes
  • 1 Complimentary Standard Family voucher
  • 1 Behind-the-Scenes Tour
  • Recognition in our Annual Report and on our website
  • $1,000 Tax Deductible value

New Discounts Available!

In addition to our current $10 military discount, the Dayton Society of Natural History now offers discounts for educators and students! Discounts are available in person at either of our locations with proper ID (or letter of intent to homeschool) for a $10 discount on the base price of a Membership. Not valid for Add-Ons or gift membership purchases. Cannot be combined.

If you have lost your membership card, either E-mail Membership@BoonshoftMuseum.org or call at 937-275-7431 ext. 152 to request a new card(s). Because we have moved from paper cards to reuseable PVC cards in an effort to be more “Green”, we will now be charging $5.00/replacement card due to the increase in materials and postage.

Because the Dayton Society of Natural History strives to be good stewards of the environment, being “Green” certified is something we take very seriously. We are inviting our Members to help us save some trees with NEW PVC Membership cards! Not only are these cards more durable than paper, our Members will be able to reuse them from year to yearMuch like your car registration, a new sticker will be sent to you once you renew your Membership and you can simply place it on your existing card. Thank you for helping us reduce and reuse by making this change, we certainly appreciate it!

We strive to mail out all permanent membership cards within 10-15 business days, but due to higher volumes at different peak times, it can take longer. While you are waiting, simply use your temporary card or the E-mail confirmation from your on-line purchase. As always, you must show your membership confirmation/card and proper photo ID for admission.

The Boonshoft Museum participates in the reciprocity programs for the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, the Association of Science-Technology Centers, and the Association of Children’s Museums. Please see each specific list linked here for the applicable discount, based on your membership with the participating organization. Please note that reciprocity does not include planetarium shows; separate day passes are available for purchase.

Frequently Asked Questions:


What is the difference between a named add-on and an independent add-on?


Named add-ons ($30/person, limit of 2) are available for Standard packages and for use by only one person, who receives their own card with their name on it. This name cannot change during the course of the membership. Independent add-ons ($50, limit of 1) are available to all Premium packages and can be a different person every visit. Please note that independent add-ons may not bring in an additional guest.


I want to upgrade my benefits from Standard to Premium. Do I need to pay the full price?


No, you only pay the difference between the two levels. However, your expiration date will not be extended. You do have the option to pay the full price and receive the higher benefits for the rest of your active membership plus one year.


 I currently have an Adventurer level membership and I don’t see that as an option. What level is best for me?


 It depends on what drew you to the Adventurer level! If you liked the reciprocal benefits with the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), you can purchase the Standard Family level. Do you like the free passes? They are available beginning at the Explorer level. If you want to bring people with you for every visit, the Premium Family allows an unnamed guest.


What if I renewed my membership before the new levels were in effect?


You can continue to enjoy all the benefits of the level as you purchased it. If you would like the new Standard or Premium benefits, you can upgrade your membership at any time! However, your expiration date will not be extended.


I received a gift membership for the holidays. Will I be grandfathered into the new benefits?


If you redeem your certificate before the new levels go into effect on January 1, 2020, you will receive the benefits of the current membership system. If you wait until the new levels are effective, you will receive the new benefits. Individual, Duo, and Family gift purchases will default to the Standard benefits at no additional cost, but you can pay the difference to upgrade to Premium.