2301 W. River Road
Dayton, OH 45417
(937) 268-8199


9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday: noon-5:00 p.m.
Closed on Mondays

Closed except for special events or by appointment.Call 937.268.8199 to book your group visit or field trip!

Closed: New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Easter

General Admission

Adults $7.00
Seniors (60+) $6.00
Students (6-17) $6.00
Members are always Free!



SunWatch offers free, ample parking, an outdoor picnic shelter, indoor classrooms and meeting space and is handicap accessible. Visitors are welcome to carry-in their own food. A beverage vending machine is available. We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard and personal checks with proper ID.

For questions relating to membership benefits please click here.

Q. Are guided tours available at all times?
A. Guided tours are available to groups of 20 or more who schedule in advance. Drop in visitors can utilize the self guided tour at SunWatch. The trail through the reconstructed Village is a loop that starts from and ends at the Interpretive Center. As you follow this trail around the Village there is interpretive signage that provides information on the excavation and reconstruction of the Village, and what we have learned about the villagers who lived at SunWatch. SunWatch staff and volunteers will also be happy to answer any questions that you may have as well. If you would like information about Guided Tours for School Groups click here. If you would like information about Adult group tours click here.

Q. Do I have to pay admission to visit The SunWatch Store?
A. No. Feel free to browse and shop at The SunWatch Store as long as you like without paying an admission fee.

Q. Will I have to pay for parking at SunWatch?
A. No. There is free on-site parking for all SunWatch events. Four Handicapped Parking spaces are located close to the entrance, providing easy access to the facility. For special events with large crowds, additional Handicapped Parking spaces will be marked off in the main parking lot, and additional general parking will be available adjacent to SunWatch.

Q. Is SunWatch Handicapped Accessible?
A. Yes. In compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act all levels of the Interpretive Center are Handicapped Accessible. The reconstructed Village is also accessible via a paved walkway that leads to the Village. There is a wood chip path in the Village. Service animals are also welcome to accompany you, if needed.

Q. Do you accept reciprocal memberships from other museums for General Admission to SunWatch?
A. Yes. The Dayton Society of Natural History is a member of both the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Our policy for reciprocal admissions for families who have memberships to other museums or zoos accredited by either ASTC or AZA is as follows: Two adults living in same household and all their children or grandchildren 17 years and younger. For DSNH membership levels starting at $100.00, additional reciprocity benefits apply through the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) Reciprocal Program.

Q. Is photography allowed at SunWatch?
A. Yes. We encourage visitors to take photographs both in the Museum and the reconstructed Village, and even video footage of their visit to SunWatch as a way to remember the experience. If you are taking photographs for publications we ask that we be allowed to review and approve each photograph prior to publication. During certain events, however, such as the Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow and other events and presentations, the opportunities for photography and video footage may be limited. At events such as these please inquire as to the appropriateness of taking photography or video footage. During the Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow, for instance, the Master of Ceremonies will announce the times when photography or video recording are permissible.

Q. Will I be photographed while visiting SunWatch?
A. It is possible. At SunWatch we commonly take photographs or shoot video footage to document events, and to use for promotional purposes. If you prefer not to be photographed while visiting SunWatch, please inquire at the admission counter if any documentation is occurring during your visit.

Q. How can I volunteer at SunWatch?
A. SunWatch has many great volunteer opportunities, no experience required, just the willingness to learn and share with the public. If you are interested in volunteer opportunities at SunWatch click here for more information.

Q. Does my membership include admission to special events?
A. Your Membership to the Dayton Society of Natural History includes unlimited general admission to SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park and the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. Some special events carry an additional fee. Discounted admissions are provided to members for some special events, guided tours, classes, summer lore, and other activities.