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Museums

American’s Packard Museum
420 S. Ludlow St. Dayton, Ohio 45402
Telephone: 937-226-1710

America’s Packard Museum is the world’s only restored Packard Dealership operating as a museum, and only full-time museum dedicated exclusively to the Packard Motor Car Company, its products and philosophies. Included in Car Collector magazine’s “Top 10” Auto Museums, The museum features over 50 automobiles on display in the restored Art Deco showroom, service department and pavilion. In addition, significant artifacts from the Packard Motorcar Company are on display. Additional information is available at the website:

http://www.americaspackardmuseum.org/the_museum.html

Regular Museum Hours

Monday – Friday 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
The Museum is open every day except Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Visitors are asked to pay a modest admission fee

Adults $6.00
Seniors $5.00
Students $4.00

 

National Air Force Museum
1100 Spaatz Street, Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433
Telephone: 937- 255-3286

The world’s largest and oldest military aviation museum, The National Museum of the United States Air Force galleries present military aviation history, boasting more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles on display — many rare and one-of-a-kind — along with thousands of historical items and powerful sensory exhibits that bring history to life and connect the Wright brothers’ early flight legacy with today’s stealth and precision technology.

Regular Museum Hours
Monday – Sunday (7 days a week), 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Some museum exhibits have special hours. Additional information is available at the website: www.nationalmuseum.af.mil
Museum Admission is Free. There is a charge for the IMAX Theatre. Please call (937) 253-IMAX for show times and prices.

 

Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center, Aviation Historic Park

16 South Williams St. Dayton

Telephone: 937-225-7705

The 86-acre Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, preserves some of the aviation heritage associated with Wilbur and Orville Wright, native Daytonians, both before and after the famous 1903 first flight. It also honors the life and work of Paul Laurence Dunbar, a recognized African-American poet and writer, and friend and classmate of the Wrights. The park includes the Wright Cycle Company building, a national historic landmark, where Wilbur and Orville Wright operated a bicycle shop from 1895 to 1897. Located adjacent to the building is the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center, where the Wright Brothers operated a job printing business from 1890 to 1895, and the Aviation Trail Visitor Center and Museum. The Dunbar House, also a national historic landmark, is the restored home where Paul Laurence Dunbar lived until his death in 1906. Dunbar published 21 books during his short life — he died at age 33. The Huffman Prairie Flying Field, also a national historic landmark, is located within Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and is the area of the Wrights’ hangar, landing field, and later their school of aviation. The final component of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Park is Carillon Historical Park, which features the 1905 Wright Flyer III (a national historic landmark) along with thousands of artifacts representing the history of the Dayton area.

 

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery       

2600 Deweese Pkwy, Dayton, OH 45414

Telephone: 937- 275-7431

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is the premier regional provider of interactive science learning experiences, enriching the lives of children and adults, enhancing the quality of life in our community, and promoting a broad understanding of the world. The Museum’s displays include anthropology, geology, paleontology, and biology collections. Areas are divided into age-appropriate sections and specific topics offering unlimited fun and learning

Additional information is available at the website: http://boonshoftmuseum.org/home

Regular Museum Hours

Monday – Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday- 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Closed: New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Easter

Visitors are asked to pay a modest admission fee:

Children ages 2 to 16 $7.50
Adults $8.50
Seniors $7.50
Children under age 2: Free
Members: Free

 

Dayton Art Institute     

456 Belmonte Park North Dayton, Ohio 45405

Telephone: 937-223-5277

The Dayton Art Institute is located in downtown Dayton, just off Interstate 75. The Institute has a permanent collection containing more than 26,000 objects, spanning 5,000 years of art history. The collection includes Asian, African, European and Ancient art, as well as pre-Columbian and American Art. Special traveling exhibitions are regularly displayed. Additional information about current offerings is available by visiting the website:

http://www.daytonartinstitute.org

 

Regular Museum Hours

Monday and Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: Noon to 5:00 p.m.The museum is closed the following holidays: Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Easter Sunday.

The Dayton Art Institute asks all visitors to pay a suggested admission fee. Anyone unable to contribute the suggested admission will be welcomed to the museum’s permanent collection galleries free of charge, courtesy of our Chase Endowment. Suggested general admission to The Dayton Art Institute:
Adults $8.00
Seniors (60+), Active Military & Groups $5.00
College Students (18+ with ID) Free
Youth & Children (17 and under) Free
Members Free

Some special exhibitions, programs and events carry an admission charge or registration fee beyond the museum’s suggested general admission, and include admission to the museum’s permanent collection as part of the admission charge or registration fee.

Dayton International Peace Museum
208 West Monument Ave., Dayton, Ohio 45402

Telephone: 937-227-3223

The Dayton International Peace Museum is dedicated to presenting educational programs and exhibits that are non-partisan and feature themes of nonviolent conflict resolution, social justice issues, international relations and peace.   The Museum honors Dayton’s history as the center for the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords. School tours, informative and enjoyable exhibits, helping children cope with anger issues, training peer mediators and supporting families dealing with violence in their home are some of the offerings of the Museum’s Education Team. Exhibits, both permanent and visiting, highlight a culture of peace and encourage non-violent conflict resolution.

Regular Museum Hours

Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
The Museum is closed Mondays and all major holidays including Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, New Years Day. When schools or public institutions close due to severe weather, the museum is also closed.

 

Theater

The Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center

Telephone for Ticket Information: (937) 228-3630 or (888) 228-3630

The Schuster Performing Arts Center provides a world-class facility for the best in local, national and international performing artists. Resident companies include the Dayton Opera and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. The Schuster Center also showcases select Victoria Theatre Association presentations and Dayton Ballet productions. Additional information about the theater, which is located downtown at , is available at the website http://www.victoriatheatre.com/venues/schuster-center/

Box Office & Ticket Center Stage Hours:
Monday through Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: Noon to 4 p.m. (Labor Day – Memorial Day)
Beginning 2 Hours Prior to Performances

 

Victoria Theater

Telephone for Ticket Information: (937) 228-3630 or (888) 228-3630

Originally opened in 1866 as the Turner Opera House, this historic venue location has survived successive fires and floods across time, providing over a century of premier entertainment to the Dayton community. Through widespread community support, the theater earned a listing on the National Register of Historic Places during the 1970s following a major renovation, was rechristened the Victoria Theatre. Today, the Victoria Theatre is home to performances by the Dayton Ballet, The Muse Machine and Cityfolk and hosts Premier Health Partners Broadway Series, Star Attractions, the PNC Family Series, the Michelob Ultra Cool Films Series, the Physicians for Kids Discovery Series and the Projects Unlimited Variety Series. Additional information can be found at http://www.victoriatheatre.com/venues/victoria-theatre/

Box Office & Ticket Center Stage Hours:
Monday through Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: Noon to 4 p.m. (Labor Day – Memorial Day)
Beginning 2 Hours Prior to Performances

 

 

Nearby Shopping

The Greene Town Center

51 Plum Street, Beavercreek, Ohio 45440
(937) 490-4990

Hours:
Monday through Thursday 10 am – 9:00 pm
Friday and Saturday 10 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday Noon – 6:00 pm

Website: http://www.thegreene.com/

 

Dayton Mall

Miamisburg Centerville Rd #1268, Dayton
(937) 433-9834

Hours:
Monday through Saturday   10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday  Noon – 6:00 pm

Website: http://www.daytonmall.com/

 

Mall at Fairfield Commons

2727 Fairfield Commons, Beavercreek, OH 45431
(937) 427-4300

Hours:
Monday through Saturday   10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday Noon – 6:00 pm

Website: http://www.mallatfairfieldcommons.com/

 

Meijer

4075 Wilmington Pike, Dayton Ohio
(937) 298-5800 

Target

4341 Feedwire Rd. Dayton, Ohio
(937) 439-9301

WalMart

6244 Wilmington Pike, Dayton, Ohio
(937) 848-2148

 

Movie Theaters

Cinema De Lux 14 – The Greene
4489 Glengarry Dr, Dayton, OH 45440
(937) 235-4400

Neon Movies
130 East 5th Street, Dayton, OH 45402
(937) 222-7469

Regal Fairfield Commons Stadium 20
2651 Fairfield Commons, Beavercreek, OH 45431
(937) 431-9418