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Dayton is ranked as one of the top arts and culture cities in the country.

It's no wonder the city is nicknamed the 'Gem City'! It's certainly full of gems, especially when it comes to museums. Here are our favorite museums in Dayton, Ohio.

 

Dayton Art Institute

It should be no surprise that the Dayton Art Institute is at the top of this list. This is rated as one of the best museums in the country, as well as in all of North America! The museum was founded in 1919 and the Italian Renaissance–style building that houses it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. But it's the collection inside that makes this museum stand out among the rest, being home to notable works like 'Purple Leaves' by Georgia O'Keeffe, 'Study Heads of an Old Man' by Peter Paul Rubens, Edgar Degas's 'After the Bath', and Claude Monet's 'Water Lilies'.

 

National Museum of the United States Air Force

The official museum of the United States Air Force also happens to be the largest military aviation museum in the world! There are over 300 aircrafts on display here, as well as over 50 missiles. The museum first opened its doors in 1923 and today sees over 1 million visitors per year. Some of the aircrafts you can see here include the Convair B-36 Peacemakers, Bockscar the Boeing B-29 Superfortress, and the only surviving North American XB-70 Valkyrie.

 

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

If you have children, you will definitely want to take them to this children's museum that also happens to be a science and technology center. The museum focuses on natural history and science, and even has live animals that are native to Ohio within its collection. The main draws of the museum include Nesiur the Mummy, the 68 inch diameter suspended globe 'Science on a Sphere', and the interactive Explorers Crossing area. This museum is also home to the Discovery Zoo, which features more than 100 live animals and insects.