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“Wonderful Place!”

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
Ranked #6 of 62 things to do in Dayton
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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!
Dayton, Ohio
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36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Wonderful Place!”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

Just enough to keep the kids occupied, this learning center has what you want. Live animals, experiments, light shows & movies are just a few of the wonderful areas to enjoy as you allow the imagination to run wild! Nestled away in a great neighborhood, this place is sure to please!

Visited December 2012
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Troy
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42 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Nice to have around.”
Reviewed December 23, 2012

I visited before they renovated and after. Both times were educational. They do not offer anything eye popping for adults, but a first time visit for children can be satisfying.

Visited July 2012
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Fernandina Beach, Fla
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54 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Very nice visit”
Reviewed December 22, 2012

We took our ten year old grand daughter and spent five hours at the museum. The exhibits were varied and some, the new prehistoric pottery exhbit was exceptional. The hands on portion, climbing tower, and such were noisy as you would expect in a children's museum! A surprise was a room filled with windows with outside bird feeders that attracted a wide variety of birds close enough to be photographed. The Dome has a variety of productions and we enjoyed the one on the Mayan people. The live animal dislay was a surprise, espeically the playful otters and the lethargic porcupine. The room where our grand dauther danced causing a color display on a large screen was something we had never seen. Fascinating photos. Very friendly helpful staff. The disapppointed reviewers must have gotten the museum confused with the NYCs museums. We recommend a visit. OUr only complaint was the lack of a cafeteria. The food vending offered was poor and there were no utensiles. Our grand daughter had to eat the cereal she choose dry and drink the milk; no spoon.

Visited December 2012
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Dayton, Ohio
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72 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Fun, Fun,Fun”
Reviewed November 15, 2012

Take your kids, pack a lunch and have a great time at Boonshoft. You can spend the afternoon and then some. There is something for everyone including wild animals. This is such a wonderful place to hang with your kids, can't say enough about it.

Visited July 2012
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Indiana
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93 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“KIDS! KIDS! KIDS!”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

took grand kids! Oldest (12) was bored but polite. Other two were enthralled! We like that we may bring in sack lunches and eat in the small dining area.

Visited June 2012
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