An important focus coming to the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in 2018 is anniversaries, and this January we’re commemorating a pretty historic event. The Dayton Public Library Museum (as it was then called) was originally founded 125 years ago.
To celebrate our anniversary, guests are invited to join us on an exciting journey into the past. Explorers!, an exhilarating new in-house exhibition marking that special anniversary, is a trip throughout the far-flung corners of the earth, from Japan and Egypt to the Phillipines, Ecuador, and the American Plains.
Opening January 27 at 12:00 noon in the Main Exhibit Hall of the Museum, guests visiting Explorers! will embark on a journey into the history and culture of extraordinary destinations. The selection of objects from the Society’s vast in-house collection of artifacts reflects generations of world-wide exploration. Hands-on, interactive displays are designed to actively-engage families in learning more about science and our natural world.
Enter a replica tomb and view an ancient mummy with a brand new mummy-case (a one-time exhibit!) as well as other artifacts, learn about the iconic pyramids in Egypt, and build a pyramid model.
Wander beneath a replica Torri gate, run through a Japanese “bamboo” forest, and view beautiful textiles including kimonos.
Chart their way to the Philippines to learn about sailing and navigation techniques, try their hand at traditional basket-weaving, and more.
Explore the architecture and lifestyle of Ecuadorians, and view artifacts and specimens ranging from dolls and baskets to botanical beadwork.
Visit the American Plains, where they can discover the history and culture of Native American peoples through books and hands-on activities in a real tipi, examine artifacts, and discover the tactile difference between leather and rawhide.
Visitors can stamp their passport in each area, and even trek to an area designed for our youngest explorers.
About the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Located at 2600 DeWeese Parkway, the Boonshoft Museum is open to the public 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 12 noon-5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $14.50 for adults, $12.50 for seniors (60+), and $11.50 for children (3-17). Children under 3 and members are free. (937) 275-7431. BoonshoftMuseum.org.