What secret treasures are behind the Boonshoft's locked doors?

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What secret treasures are behind the Boonshoft's locked doors?

There's more to the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery than what meets the eye. 

There are nearly 2 million artifacts, going as far back as 500 millions of years old, behind "staff only" doors at the museum, located at 2600 Deweese Parkway in Dayton. 

Here's just a small sampling of these treasures: shark teeth swords from the South Pacific, dinosaur bones, jewelry from the American Southwest, a samurai outfit, and a wall of spears, arrows, rifles and other weapons.

The museum is now offering behind-the-scenes tours of its anthropology, biology, and geology vaults.

We snagged a tour with William Kennedy, the museum's’ curator of anthropology.

Dying of curiosity? You can get your own tour.

Tours for groups of up to four are $150. Tours for groups of eight are $200. For more information, call 937-275-7431 ext. 151.

Check out the video above for a look at the bones of animals that roamed the region thousands of years ago.

addddd Part of the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery's jewelry collection. (Photo by Amelia Robinson)

adddddA sabertooth tiger skull is among the treasures in the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery's collection. (Photo by Amelia Robinson)

adddddThis cast of a giant beaver is among the real and fabricated artifacts in the collections at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery.  (Photo by Amelia Robinson)

adddddA shark teeth sword is among the real and fabricated artifacts in the collections at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. (Photo by Amelia Robinson)

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