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Arts & Entertainment

Dayton’s thriving arts community offers theater, “Broadway” shows, museums, opera, ballet and the world-renowned Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.

The second-oldest regional ballet company in the United States, Dayton Ballet is known internationally as “The Company of Premieres.” One of the top three dance companies in the nation that produces and presents new work, it is the only dance company to establish a fund designated specifically to create new full-length, 21st century ballets.

Muse Machine has been acclaimed nationally — by educators, students, families, the President of the United States and the National Endowment for the Arts — for enriching the creative and academic lives of more than 70,000 young people in Western Ohio each year.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force

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' legacy with today's stealth and precision technology. Some iconic residents of the museum include the Air Force One that served John F. Kennedy on the day he was assassinated, Bockscar (the plane that dropped one of the two atomic bombs that ended World War II), the Apollo 15 Command Module, a Space Shuttle Crew Compartment Trainer, and the B-17F Memphis Belle.

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The Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center

The Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center has been the premier performing arts center in the Dayton Region since it was built in 2003. The 2,300—seat Mead Theatre has seen numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway productions including: Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, Lion King, Mamma Mia, Chicago, Blue Man Group, Mary Poppins, and The Sound of Music.

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Victoria Theater play with actors on stage
Fraze Pavilion

Fraze Pavilion is southwestern Ohio’s premiere outdoor entertainment venue, a 4300-seat amphitheater.

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Dayton Art Institute

Founded in 1919, The Dayton Art Institute is one of the region’s premier fine arts museums. In addition to exhibiting outstanding special exhibitions and impressive collections of art from throughout the world, the museum is renowned for education programming that includes an array of offerings for diverse audiences.

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Dayton Art Institute
Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is the premier regional provider of interactive science learning experiences for children and adults. Museum exhibits include geology, paleontology, astronomy, zoology, water, and biology collections.

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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' legacy with today's stealth and precision technology. Some iconic residents of the museum include the Air Force One that served John F. Kennedy on the day he was assassinated, Bockscar (the plane that dropped one of the two atomic bombs that ended World War II), the Apollo 15 Command Module, a Space Shuttle Crew Compartment Trainer, and the B-17F Memphis Belle.

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The Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center has been the premier performing arts center in the Dayton Region since it was built in 2003. The 2,300—seat Mead Theatre has seen numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway productions including: Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, Lion King, Mamma Mia, Chicago, Blue Man Group, Mary Poppins, and The Sound of Music.

Learn more

Victoria Theater play with actors on stage

Fraze Pavilion is southwestern Ohio’s premiere outdoor entertainment venue, a 4300-seat amphitheater.

Learn more

Founded in 1919, The Dayton Art Institute is one of the region’s premier fine arts museums. In addition to exhibiting outstanding special exhibitions and impressive collections of art from throughout the world, the museum is renowned for education programming that includes an array of offerings for diverse audiences.

Learn more

Dayton Art Institute

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is the premier regional provider of interactive science learning experiences for children and adults. Museum exhibits include geology, paleontology, astronomy, zoology, water, and biology collections.

Learn more

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