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!



If you have misplaced your card and need a new one right away, or if you have a question about your expiration date, or you have a specific situation in your family, please refer to our frequently asked questions for members.


Common Membership Questions

Q. Does my membership include admissions to special events?

A. Your membership to the Dayton Society of Natural History includes unlimited general admission to SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park, Fort Ancient, the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Springfield, and Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. Discounted admissions are provided to members for some special events, guided tours, classes, Summer Lore, and other activities.

Q. I've lost/laundered my membership card. What should I do?

A. If you have lost your membership card, either e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call at 937–275–7431, ext. 156 to request a new card(s).

Q. How long does it take to get a permanent membership card?

A. We strive to mail out all permanent membership cards within 15 business days, but due to higher volumes at different peak times, it can take longer. While you are waiting, simply use your temporary card or the e-mail confirmation from your online purchase…they do everything your permanent card does with proper photo ID.

Q. How long does my membership last?

A. Memberships are good for one full year from date of purchase; they are non-transferable.

Q. What are the refund policies?

A. Memerships are non-refundable, if you have any questions about a Membership please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 937.275.7431 x 152 prior to your purchase.

Q. Can I loan my membership card to a friend or other family member?

A. Membership is limited to the two adults named on the card, and up to 6 of their children/grandchildren under 18 (depended on the Membership level). Other individuals would not be able to use the membership. Membership cards are not transferable; membership cards can only be used by the adults listed on the card with proper photo ID. However, if you have another familial adult that frequently brings your children/grandchildren to the Boonshoft Museum, SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park, and Fort Ancient, and the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Springfield you may "add on" their name for an additional $20. A maximum of 2 "add on" names are permitted per membership for an additional $40.

Q. Can my Nanny, Au Pair or Babysitter bring my kids to SunWatch?

A. Your named caregiver can be considered an "Add-On" to an existing Membership for $20.

Q. Can my spouse or partner bring my kids to SunWatch?

A. All of our membership cards are imprinted with the names of up to two adults who are living in the same household. We encourage all parents and other adults raising children to share the experience. If your spouse or partner's name is not listed on your card, please let us know so that we can add them as an additional "Add-On" or include them as one of the named adults on your Membership card when filling out your Membership information, provided you are in the same household.

For additional questions or clarifications about your membership, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or call the Membership Department at 937–275–7431, ext. 144, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.