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Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

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2600 Deweese Pkwy, Dayton, OH 45414-5400
+1 937-275-7431
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Not as expected

We took our niece and while she did enjoy some of the museum, she found some areas to be boring... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
InternetBarbie
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Dayton, Ohio
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Interesting.

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

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
sijo469
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Daventry, United Kingdom
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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!
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good24%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“live animals” (24 reviews)
“all ages” (40 reviews)
“climbing area” (7 reviews)
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Hours
Hours Today: 12:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
LOCATION
2600 Deweese Pkwy, Dayton, OH 45414-5400
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+1 937-275-7431
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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 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...More

Thank InternetBarbie
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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 1 May 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...More

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Reviewed 18 March 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 4 March 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...More

1  Thank Shannonpo
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Reviewed 18 February 2018 via mobile

We have had a membership for the last 3 years. We love it here and it's great for all age kids. My son is 5 and it keeps his interest for hours. We love the zoo part of the museum.

Thank Lindsey E
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

I visited the museum with my great granddaughter. She excitedly visited each area. She loved the water activity. This is a great place to take children as they grow because there is so much for them to enjoy and absorb.

Thank mbethvandalia
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Reviewed 7 December 2017

We took our son and his family to the museum to enjoy a couple hours of fun. The museum has various fun activities area for kids to climb, play in water, and view animals; but I have a couple concerns. We bought a grandparent pass...More

3  Thank grannyr0sie
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Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

We had a fun morning. Both adults and kiddos enjoyed Boonshoft. Precious the sloth made International Sloth Day a day to remember. Every adult should do the slide.

Thank Deron D
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Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

So much fun for while family! Animals to imagination play. The theatre is amazing! Play area and climbing keeps kiddos busy.

Thank Randi M
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Veil L
10 March 2018|
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Response from Shannonpo | Reviewed this property |
Adults 14.50, seniors(60+) 12.50 and kids (3-17) 11.50
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vickij212
6 July 2017|
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Response from Nancy D | Reviewed this property |
It if for all age groups. They have a planatarium is the museum and all kinds of educational things for adults and children. I enjoy the animals and all the displays and shows.
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vickij212
6 July 2017|
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Response from Shari K | Reviewed this property |
I would say yes especially if they have never been there before. There are some animals you can see and a neat little short movie. Twelve year olds are getting a little old for this but if they haven't been I would say go... More
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