A Space to Gather and Learn
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
— Nelson Mandela
The Dayton International Peace Museum welcomes people of all ages. An interactive children’s room on the second floor allows children to play, sing, and learn about other cultures. On Saturday mornings, volunteers conduct a storytelling hour for children. Each summer, the Museum offers a peace camp for youth ages 3 to 10. On-site programs for adults include meditation groups, a monthly Great Discussions group, and lectures throughout the year on a variety of topics.
In addition to permanent exhibits, the Museum hosts three to five temporary exhibits each year. Topics of recent temporary exhibits include guns, immigration, and Gandhi’s Way. In 2014, the Museum presented the Peace Labyrinth, an exhibition of quilts depicting the “Golden Rule” in more than 17 faith- and conscience-based traditions. Volunteers trained through the new Docent Program are happy to provide guided tours to individuals as well as groups. To schedule a group tour for either adults or children, call 937-227-3223.
In 2014, the Museum installed "Peace Station 208," a gathering space where visitors can enjoy coffee, chocolates, and conversation. The Museum expects to schedule book groups, live music, and poetry slams in this casual and intimate venue.
The Museum’s outreach efforts include an Internet radio station; programming includes digital interviews conducted by local teens as they ask people from around the world, “What does peace look like?” The Museum also has volunteers willing to travel to other locations and make presentations on peace-related topics. To request a volunteer speaker, call 937-227-3223.
Offsite, the Museum’s Green Energy Visitor Center teaches visitors about alternative energy sources. Located near Brookville, Ohio, on the farm of Ralph Dull, the Center includes wind turbines, solar panels, and the only hydrogen “filling station” in the state. The Museum believes that a culture of peace includes green energy production.
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