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Celebrate Independence Day with indoor fireworks, family friendly scavenger hunt

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is celebrating Independence Day this year with indoor fireworks and a new scavenger hunt activity. 

Red, White and Boonshoft will host the fireworks display in the Caryl D. Philips Space Theater. 

Red White and Boonshoft

The 25-minute screenings will be July 3 and 4 with showings at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The theater will be limited to 60 people and sanitized in between showings. 

Ticket are $6 per person and available on the days of the screening. Children will receive glow sticks when they arrive. 

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The museum also is hosting a new citywide Summer Scavenger Hunt from June 29 to July 4. 

The family-friendly hunt is a series of social media contests requiring competitors to engage with local landmarks. 


The hunt will have participants on the lookout for flood markers at RiverScape, animals in the museum’s Discovery Zoo, the Wright brothers grave and more. 

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Participation is free and participants can register here.  The first 250 participants who register and complete the Scavenger Hunt will receive two free museum admission tickets. 

Anyone beyond the first 250 participants may participate and play for a prize of $5 off a purchase of $25 or more in the gift shop. 

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery reopened Tuesday, June 16 after closing in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Some hands-on exhibits, the climbing tower and water table have been modified or removed but rarely seen historical artifacts have been added to the displays. The museum will operate at 25 percent capacity with a staggered time-entry admission to reduce crowds and visitors will be required to maintain social distancing. Enhanced cleaning protocols are in place, the staff is wearing masks and visitors are encouraged to wear masks. The museum is now open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is closed to the public on Sunday and Monday for deep cleaning. LISA POWELL / STAFF

Full details about the Summer Scavenger Hunt can be found here

The museum, 2600 DeWeese Parkway, has reopened with limited capacity during the pandemic.

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

The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday.