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

6:00 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016 What To Know

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.

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

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

This 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)

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