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

9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday: noon-5:00 p.m.
*Closed Monday-Friday, except by appointment

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!




Special Events

2017 SunWatch Lecture Series

The Archaeology of Confinement

From POW and internment camps to the origins of slavery in America, the tools and techniques of archaeology are providing critical insight into our history. Discover how ongoing research at various sites around the world is shining a light on our often-dark and unsavory past.

Lectures are held on the third Saturday from January - April. Lectures are held in the Prairie View room and begin at 10:30 a.m. Admission to these special lectures is FREE to the public.

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The Miami Valley Council for Native Americans 29th Annual Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow

Pow wowSaturday, June 24, 2017
12:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 25, 2017
12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Gates open at 11:00 a.m.; Grand entry at 12 noon and 6:00 p.m. Saturday, and 12 noon Sunday

During the Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow, the serene setting at SunWatch transforms with the beat of drums and the sounds and rhythm of American Indian music. For American Indians, Pow Wow is a special time to reflect upon a rich heritage and come into the Pow Wow circle with honor and respect for one another and the drum.

The event features both men’s and women’s dances, including the men’s grass dance and the women’s shawl and jingle dance, performed wearing full regalia. In addition, traditional American Indian arts, crafts and food will be available from vendors.

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Spring Scout Day

Saturday, April 22, 2017
9:00 a.m. - noon

All Girl and Boy Scouts, Campfire Boys and Girls, and members of Y Adventure Programs are invited to attend a special morning at SunWatch set aside especially for them.

Held twice each year, Scout Days offer a variety of activities with different stations set up in the Village and Museum, including discussion of the "Green Corn Ceremony" and the center post alignments, playing games, participating in archery demonstrations, making a craft, using pump drills, and taking part in a museum wide scavenger hunt.

Advance registration is required for the event. Fee: $6.00 per person. Call 937.268.8199 for more information.


Kids' Days

2017 Schedule:
  Thursday, June 15
  Wednesday, June 21
  Friday, July 21

9:00 a.m. – Noon
Enjoy a special morning designed for day care/child care providers and summer youth camps with children ages 6 and older. Stations are set up in the village and feature hands-on activities, demonstrations games, and take home crafts. Admission includes a beverage.

Admission is $6/child and $5/chaperone; reservations are required. Call 937.268.8199 to schedule your group.