Field Trips & Group Tours

SunWatch understands the needs of teachers in our area. Whether you are a public, private, or homeschool educator, the Museum’s programs are designed to provide a high-quality learning experience for students while maintaining the fun, hands-on atmosphere that makes out-of-the-classroom learning so enjoyable. 

Open to all groups of 20 students/participants or more, SunWatch offers unique guided tours including SunWatch Discovery, Lifestyles of the Rich and Prehistoric, What if I lived at SunWatch?, and Fun at SunWatch. Each tour lasts about 2 hours with approximately one hour outside in the Village.

Participants should dress appropriately as the weather requires. Groups must schedule at least one month in advance.

Guided Group Tours

Review field trip pricing and policies below, then book your program!

E-mail or call (937) 268–8199 to speak directly to our friendly staff.

Interested in scheduling a trip to the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery? Contact Boonshoft Musuem Education Department (937) 275-7431, ext. 125.

Field Trip Fees & Policies

*Please note that the individual scheduling your visit will receive a packet, unless otherwise specified, confirming your reservation approximately one month prior to your visit. Please call immediately if you are unable to keep your scheduled reservation.


Guided Group Tour Fees $5/person; 1 adult free for every 15 students.

Tour Options

Fun at SunWatch (PreK and K)
This special one hour program offers students the chance to discover the culture of the SunWatch people through sensory activities, stories, and games. This age-appropriate program offers fifteen minutes in the museum, with the bulk of the experience taking place in the Village.

What if I lived at SunWatch? (Grades 1-3)
Experience what life might have been like for the children who would have lived here 800 years ago. Primarily geared for the early elementary grades, the tour includes a short film and scavenger hunt in the museum then progresses outside through the village.

SunWatch Discovery (Grades 2+)
Uncover the history of SunWatch Indian Village and its prehistoric inhabitants, the Fort Ancient people! Session includes a short film, a guided trip through the museum, and a tour of the partially-reconstructed Village.

Lifestyles of the Rich & Prehistoric (Grades 4+)
Discover the four different cultural periods of Ohio's ancient past, and explore material culture, customs, and lifestyles of some of Ohio's earliest residents. After a half hour presentation in a classroom, the tour continues outside through the village.

Who in the World is Indiana Jones? (Grades 6+)
Explore the world of archaeology and discover how Science, Social Studies, and math can help budding archaeologists - and other curious kids - on their career path. This tour starts in the classroom before continuing outside for an hour-long tour through the Village.

Self-Guided Tours

A Self-Guided Tour option is available for groups that wish to explore the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery independently during regular operating hours. Two adults must accompany every 10 students to ensure a quality visit for all patrons of the Museum. Minimum: 20 students.

Book a Group Tour: To schedule a group tour, please call (937) 268-8199

Fee: $5.00/student, 1 adults free for every 15 students; additional adults are $5.00 each. Please note that two (2) adults MUST ACCOMPANY every ten (10) students to ensure a quality visit for all patrons. 

Lunch Facilities

Groups may bring packed lunches to SunWatch and reserve our eating facilities at no additional charge.

Lunch times MUST BE SCHEDULED prior to your visit. Space is very limited! Groups will not be permitted to eat lunch at the facility unless arrangements are made in advance, and groups are required to clean their lunch area before leaving. Cleaning supplies are provided by the Museum. All groups are subject to a $25 custodial fee for incomplete cleanup. See confirmation letter for details.


All groups are encouraged to take advantage of our PreShopping Souvenirs Program. This is an easy, convenient way for students to make purchases from the SunWatch Museum Store without spending additional time shopping. See confirmation letter for details. Groups with 30 students or less are welcome to shop on-site if the group has pre-scheduled a shopping experience at least one week in advance. Ten students accompanied by two adults are permitted in the store at one time. Each group of ten students requires an addition of 10 minutes to your other scheduled activities. Please remind all shoppers that tax is charged at the register.

Visit SunWatch Today!

April - November

9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: Noon - 5:00 pm
Closed on Mondays

December - March

Closed except for special events or by appointment.

Closed: New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Easter.

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