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“Not as expected”

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
Ranked #9 of 74 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!
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took our niece and while she did enjoy some of the museum, she found some areas to be boring. The museum is smaller than we thought. My husband and I were saddened and appalled by the live animal exhibits; very small, no natural light or outdoor area that we could see, and limited habitat features. We felt really sorry for the animals and it doesn’t seem like those exhibit areas have changed from when we were children. I don’t think it was worth the price.

Thank InternetBarbie
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"live animals"
in 24 reviews
"all ages"
in 40 reviews
"climbing area"
in 7 reviews
"water table"
in 9 reviews
"planetarium shows"
in 6 reviews
"the water play area"
in 4 reviews
"great place for kids"
in 10 reviews
"hands on activities"
in 12 reviews
"mini zoo"
in 4 reviews
"small animals"
in 4 reviews
"pack a lunch"
in 7 reviews
"family membership"
in 5 reviews
"rainy day"
in 10 reviews
"little bit of everything"
in 4 reviews
"interactive exhibits"
in 7 reviews
"lots of fun"
in 11 reviews
"dayton area"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This better for young kids. But some interesting things to see and do. Bit pricey for what it was though.

Thank sijo469
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Reviewed May 1, 2018

The Boonshoft is a wonderful place for families. There is so much to do and see. Our grandchildren love going to the Boonshoft. They love the rope ladder, the animals, playing in the grocery and the pizza store. They have a small lunch room and we take a "picnic" lunch to have a break.

Thank golfers533
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Reviewed March 18, 2018

I think it's an interesting place, but it's mainly just a giant playground. The entire upstairs is just differently themed play areas, plus a few exhibits. Downstairs is only a couple of exhibits. I don't think it's worth the price. We don't plan on returning.

Thank chelsealynn009
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Reviewed March 4, 2018 via mobile

So much to see and to do here.My kids loved this place. It was a fun and neat place to go with the kids especially on a rainy day! They really enjoyed watching the staff feed the otters in the zoo. Would recommend to others with children and would go again in the future.

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