SunWatch

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Journey Back in Time

Along the banks of the Great Miami River, an extraordinary place hides within a seemingly ordinary setting…SunWatch, the original site of an 800-year-old American Indian village.

Discover. Reflect. Explore.

General Information

Hours

April–November
Tuesday-Saturday
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday: noon-5:00 p.m.
Closed on Mondays

December–March
Saturday
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday: noon-5:00 p.m.
*Closed Monday-Friday, except by appointment

Admission

Adults $7.00
Seniors (60+) $6.00
Student (6–17) $6.00
Children under 6 and Members are free

Blue Star Museum

SunWatch is proud to participate in the annual Blue Star Museums program, offering free admission to active duty military and their families throughout the summer months. Learn more.

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Village and Interpretive Center

SunWatch Building ExteriorSunWatch Indian Village offers exploration and learning both indoors and out. Visitors will enjoy watching an introductory film in the indoor theater, viewing artifacts and learning about the history of the Village and its inhabitants in the Interpretive Center, and immersing themselves in the 800-year-old lifestyle by visiting the reconstructed structures, located in their original, exact locations.

 


The DSNH is currently soliciting proposals for four (4) exhibit cases to be installed in our Interpretive Center. Download the RFP.

Educators'/Childrens' Group Information

Children on Village tourSunWatch offers five unique, age appropriate guided tours designed to complement classroom and Homeschool curriculum guidelines to provide students with a unique educational experience. Each tours lasts 1½–2½ hours with approximately one hour spent outside touring the reconstructed village (dress appropriately as the weather requires). Available to groups of 20 or more students/participants. One month advance registration required.

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Scout Programs

archery practiceFees are per scout/per program. Fee covers activities, staff, and craft materials but does not include the actual scout patch/bead/pin, etc. (advancement materials available from GSA). A minimum of 8 scouts is required to hold a program. Program length is approximately 2 hours. Program must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance, and a 50% deposit is required to hold the date. All programs follow the requirements as described in the scout guides for the GSA. Explore the programs available at SunWatch. Fee: $8/Scout, Adults Chaperone General Admission fee $6

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Tour Operators Overview

SunWatch makes a unique stop for group tours serving the adult leisure markets. Our staff will offer step-on guide welcome services, and help to bring an 800-year-old Village to life for visiting groups. Our indoor Interpretive Center offers an introductory film, and allows visitors to immerse themselves in the culture and lives of the Fort Ancient people. The SunWatch Store boasts a diverse array of authentic and unique Native American crafts and wares.

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Facility Rental

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SunWatch Indian Village/ Archaeological Park presents a unique, quiet, secluded venue for your special event. Rent the whole facility or just a particular area for a wedding, summer picnic, corporate meeting, family gathering, or workshop. This one-of-a-kind venue houses a museum and gift shop on the first floor.

 

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Outreach and Preservation

SunWatch Building ExteriorSunWatch works in partnership with many organizations in and around the Dayton area that help us in our preservation and interpretive efforts. Many of these organizations are also involved in the preservation of natural resources, cultural resources and education.

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Advanced Pursuit

Child prairie grassAre you a researcher or a student interested in working with the SunWatch collection? Are you a master gardener looking for a public project to work on? Are you interested in helping restore the lands around SunWatch to a Native Prairie? Are you interested in helping to monitor our Prairie restoration program and the wildlife that inhabit the prairie?

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Boonshoft Museum

Boonshoft Museum of DiscoveryExperience unlimited fun and learning 359 days a year at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. Explore the wonders of the world with a live animal zoo, the region’s only Planetarium, interactive science and technology exhibits, and dozens of family-friendly permanent exhibits, as well as special featured traveling exhibitions.

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Fort Ancient

Nestled 245 feet above the Little Miami River is the largest and best-preserved prehistoric hill top enclosure in the United States. Fort Ancient is a 2,000-year-old monument attesting to the sacredness of American Indian culture..

 

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