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Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

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Address: 2600 DeWeese Parkway, Dayton, OH (Formerly Dayton Museum of Discovery)
Phone Number: 937.275.7431
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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This is Awesome for young kids!!

MY daughter Loves this place..climb to the top of the obstacle course and slide down the giant slide. Even yet get a splash in the tidal wave. Where you get to feel leather star... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Kira K
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English first
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24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

MY daughter Loves this place..climb to the top of the obstacle course and slide down the giant slide. Even yet get a splash in the tidal wave. Where you get to feel leather star fish, pick up live coral,and sea urchins. Get all,wet creating with the power of water. Build your own water power. Learn about pulleys and levers. Find... More 

Thank Kira K
Kettering, Ohio
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22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a GREAT time only thing I regret is not going earlier in day. Early and check the daily list of events to make sure you can experience the variety of daily activities (petting star fish, viewing the dome video, 3D theater and Do Lab). There is adventures for all ages. My personal favorite was the hologram room

Thank mrs_olow
Dayton, Ohio
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39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went for a wedding and it was such a cool experience. We were able to walk through the museum and wow, it is so much more than what it used to be when I was little. Definitely a place to take the family with young kids.

Thank tlugay
Dayton, Ohio
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17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Children and adults will have a lot of fun at the Boonshoft! There are all kinds of things for your kids to do, digging up dinosaurs, watching birds, learning about space, and running a pizzeria! They even have real animals, a touch pool, and a planetarium! Plan to stay for hours as your kids enjoy the wonders of the world... More 

Thank ninjasgf
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Each display "tells a story" in a manner that almost all ages can understand. Young children also viewed these displays and when they could not read the "story" an adult with them had a ready made "speaking paper" already in front of them to explain the event to that child!! The young people all seemed to be enthused to keep... More 

Thank Bill S
Osceola, Indiana
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39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

This museum is now our favorite children's museum. It is good size, but not huge and overwhelming. It is packed full of fun, educational, hands on activities. I was also impressed by how clean everything was. We went on a Monday afternoon and basically had the place to ourselves. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. Our boys loved the... More 

Thank Danna J
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101 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

I took my daughter when she was four and she loved it. A lot of activities for her age at that time yet not too much to accomplish. I took her again at eight years old and she was bored to death. I do feel like the price is a little much but I get it they need the money... More 

Thank Strefz
Dayton, Ohio
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

My fiancé and I come here regularly to watch the planetarium shows--they are really relaxing and informative. I really wish they would do yoga classes in there! The zoo on the 2nd floor is nice, I just wish the night vision goggles worked for the nocturnal animals.

Thank Stanley G
Eagle Rock, California
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

A great hands-on experience for the "little ones"! Educational, yet fun in a nice location. Be prepared to spend at least two hours here.

Thank Hansiundfritz
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17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Kids were very engaged. Exhibits were hands on. Staff was friendly and courteous. Pizza kitchen was a big hit. Lego area was a disappointment for my son who thought it would be more building and less looking at built models. Animals were a hit! Otters were adorable and exhibit space was very nice. Price was 13$ for what it's worth.... More 

Thank joe g

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