2301 W. River Road
Dayton, OH 45417
(937) 268-8199


9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday: noon-5:00 p.m.
Closed on Mondays

Closed except for special events or by appointment.Call 937.268.8199 to book your group visit or field trip!

Closed: New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Easter

General Admission

Adults $7.00
Seniors (60+) $6.00
Students (6-17) $6.00
Members are always Free!


Community Involvement

Our Staff: Our Service

While our mission has served the region for almost 50 years, our staff generates the beat that makes our organization stand out among many.

In addition to diligent devotion during work hours, the staff also serves in leadership, donor and volunteer capacities for many organizations. To view a list of these organizations, click here.

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SunWatch could not serve this community without the support of dedicated volunteers. From teens working towards National Honor Society requirements, to adults interested in Ohio’s pre-history, to Seniors with decades of talent and knowledge they are eager to share, SunWatch’s volunteer program is designed to match every skill and desire in the appropriate capacity.

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Community Partnerships

SunWatch and the Boonshoft Museum are fortunate to have earned the respect of thousands from outside of the institutional walls. This is evidenced by the partnerships that have been fostered with other leading institutions, including the University of Dayton, Wright State University, and nearly every major museum in the region. Relationships built on mutual respect with the Dayton Art Institute, Dayton History, the National Museum of the US Air Force, the City of Dayton, Five Rivers MetroParks and the Dayton Public Library, among many others, further point to the importance of the Society’s mission, but maybe more significantly to the reputation of the Society’s professionals. To learn more about developing a partnership, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contributions Guidelines

Each year, the Dayton Society of Natural History responds to hundreds of requests for discounted and complimentary admission passes to the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery as well as our sister sites, SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park and Fort Ancient. As a valuable community resource, we are happy to support organizations and institutions that meet the following criteria:

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