Bucket List: Visit the Dayton International Peace Museum

One great thing about living in the city where the Dayton Peace Accords were signed: we can visit one of the only museums in the country dedicated entirely to peace.

Located downtown, The Dayton International Peace Museum features rotating exhibits on various peace topics. From now through May 31, their main exhibit is The Peace Corps Experience:  54 Years of Global Service. This exhibit takes visitors on the journey of a Peace Corps volunteer -- traveling to another part of the world, attempting to make a difference amid the difficulty of language barriers and culture shock, not to mention hostility and danger.

Recently, the museum has made some changes. It’s increased the focus on positive work people are doing all over the world to promote peace. It’s especially interesting learning what Dayton Peace Heroes have accomplished in the past and what they are doing now to encourage peace. So what exactly is a Peace Hero? It’s often an ordinary person who accepts risk and succeeds in making the world a less violent, more just place.

One of the best rooms in the museum is definitely the Children’s Room. There are games and other fun ways to learn about peaceful resolution of arguments and encourage an interest in cultural diversity. There’s even a kid-sized guitar and other instruments for kids to make some noise.

The lending library is a great place to find tons of resources on peace. It has cozy couches and chairs, allowing you to comfortably curl up with a book.

On May 2, 2015, the Dayton International Peace Museum will host their very first Peace Heroes Walk at Riverscape MetroPark. Registration is now open – visit www.peaceheroeswalk.org for more information.

Want to go?
WHAT: Dayton International Peace Museum
WHERE: 208 W. Monument Avenue, Dayton
HOURS: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
INFO: 937-227-3223 or daytonpeacemuseum.org
COST: Free, but donations are accepted