Dayton museum to stay open late one night a week during the summer

Jackson Aleshire, 2, reaches out to pet "Malcolm," an Eastern box turtle, on display with the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Animals at the Summer Sky festival Saturday, Aug. 22. Staff photo by Marshall Gorby

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is making it easier for Daytonians to explore all it has to offer this summer.

Effective June 4 through August, the museum announced it will be open for two additional hours every Tuesday to better accommodate guests. Typically closing at 5 p.m., the museum will now stay open until 7 p.m. on those days.

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“It is important to us that we are a convenient, flexible resource for the people of our area,” Dayton Society of Natural History CEO Tracey Tomme said in a news release. “Increasing our accessibility by extending our summer hours is a great way to meet the needs of our community.”

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The new summer 2019 hours are as follows:

  • Monday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.*
  • Wednesday-Saturday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 12:00-5:00 p.m.

“The Museum includes a host of places for adventure and two galleries for temporary exhibits. Adventures are enhanced utilizing real specimens and artifacts from the Museum’s collection of 1.4 million items. Formerly known as The Dayton Museum of Natural History, the name was changed in 1999 to the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in recognition of Oscar Boonshoft, one of the Museum’s most dedicated friends.”

The Boonshoft is located at 2600 Deweese Pkwy. in Dayton.

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