Visitors to Dayton’s Boonshoft Museum of Discovery can discover the stars, ancient treasures, the latest technology wonders and native Ohio wildlife—all in a lively interactive museum nestled in a leafy riverside park. Its history dates back to 1893, when local citizens began donating natural history artifacts of regional importance to Dayton’s public library. In the mid-20th century, community leaders used the collection to launch the Dayton Museum of Natural History, renamed the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in 1999 in recognition of benefactor and advocate Oscar Boonshoft. The museum is the Dayton region’s premiere family learning destination, with daily planetarium shows, full-dome films, 3D movies, and special traveling exhibits that change throughout the year. Traveling exhibits are housed in the Main Exhibit Hall and the Fraze Gallery, so that at any given time, there is usually at least one new and different exhibition to intrigue visitors! Today the museum provides families, school groups, and many others with interactive programs designed to enrich lives and promote a broader understanding of the natural and scientific worlds. This Dayton Original also showcases the Discovery Zoo, which opened in September 2010 with an adaptation theme, and is home to more than 100 animals!