Travel back in time to the Ice Age at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

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Travel back in time to the Ice Age at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

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The exhibition, “The Age of Mammals and Ice,” will be on display at the Boonshoft through May 7. SUBMITTED PHOTO BY KRISTY CREEL

Experience your own Ice Age thanks to a special exhibit now showing at Boonshoft Museum of Discovery.

“Most people don’t realize that there were humans in Ohio 12,000 years ago and that they interacted with these creatures,” says Mark Meister, the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery’s president and CEO.

Meister says this traveling exhibit — created by a Japanese company called Kokoro — is an excellent fit for his museum. “That’s because part of our collection deals with the Ice Age in Ohio and megafauna,” he explains. “These really big animals were in Ohio!”

Those who spend time at the museum are familiar with the skeleton of the giant ground sloth in the lobby.

On the wall in the entryway, you’ll also see the skeleton of a mastodon from Ohio that dates from the Ice Age.

The exhibition, “The Age of Mammals and Ice,” will be on display at the Boonshoft through May 7. It’s a great family outing, with this special exhibit included in the price of admission.

HERE ARE 3 THINGS TO EXPECT:

1. BRRRRRRRRR

Visitors walk through a simulated ice cave to enter the display. A blast of cold air is designed to enhance the experience. Then you’ll begin to encounter the inhabitants of this post-dinosaur animal kingdom.

Lifesize animatronic figures are currently residing at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. SUBMITTED PHOTO BY KRISTY CREEL Staff Writer

2. INTERACTIVE FUN

Interactive elements in the gallery include a dig pit, the opportunity to experience the weight of a mammoth’s single tooth and feel a piece of mammoth hair and skin.

Brittany Simon and her daughter, Blake Watts, view mammal skulls on display at the Boonshoft. SUBMITTED PHOTO BY KRISTY CREEL Staff Writer

3. GULP!!

There are animal sounds in the gallery, and some of the animals look pretty fierce — so young children may be intimidated. Just talk to them about what to expect in advance.

WANT TO GO?

WHAT: “The Age of the Mammals and Ice”

WHERE: Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, 2600 DeWeese Parkway, Dayton

WHEN: Museum hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and noon-5 p.m. p.m. on Sunday.

COST: Admission is $14.50 adults, $12.50 seniors (60+), and $11.50 for children (3-17). Children under 3 and members are free.

INFO: For more information: (937) 275-7431. BoonshoftMuseum.org

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