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Children's Museum of Virginia

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Address: 221 High Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704
Phone Number:
+1 757-393-5258
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Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

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Good children's museum

Very nice and classic design for children. Easy to understand and interactive exhibits, with ample garage parking.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Deidra l
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5 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very nice and classic design for children. Easy to understand and interactive exhibits, with ample garage parking.

Thank Deidra l
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Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

Our teenagers didn't enjoy it as much as we'd hoped, but that's because we took their phones and they could spend the entire time on Instagram

Thank Steve M
Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 6 April 2017

This is a great spot for children. We had a kids birthday party there. The birthday girl turned four(4). The children had a ball. After the party they could visit the attractions in the museum. There was a lot to see also they could participate in the learning activities. The admission was reasonable and if you have a party the... More 

Thank 7OFUS_13
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Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

We arrived about 10 minutes before the museum opened and several people were waiting to enter. The weather had quickly turned bad and snow had begun to fall and the wind was definitely dropping the wind chill factor. I questioned if we shouldn't wait in the car until they open when it was suggested, "SURELY they will let us in... More 

1 Thank Billy H
New Jersey
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

I've been to a lot of children's museums and this one tops them all for children 5 - 10 - over Liberty Science Center and Boston. Its as if it was planned through the eyes of what children are really interested in - how to load a sea container (thank you Maersk!) and being able to get inside a train... More 

Thank harpomargie
Norfolk, Virginia
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Reviewed 31 January 2017

We took our 3 granddaughters, ages 10,12,and 14 to the Childrens' Museum. The 10 year old chose this museum and talked her older sisters out of their suggestions.The girls have happy memories of previous visits.For that reason I give it an excellent rating.For the first 10 minutes,I was sure we would be leaving,but no,we were there over an hour. I'm... More 

Thank travel7continents
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Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

My family and my friend went to this place yesterday. The work crew was friendly. It kept my toddler and us entertained for hours. They have multiple electric train sets, plasma ball (huge), mock fire truck, and many more things for kids and adults to have fun with.

Thank Louis M
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Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

We went on a Sunday so it was not busy. The attractions were great for a 3 1/2 year old, they even had a nursing room and family bathrooms which made it nice for our 5 month old. Best thing of all, Teachers get a discount.

Thank Bryan B
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Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

I think it's great too as spilt up the time into 5 mins chucks and alternate between which kid gets to choose. There are a lot of different rooms there so the kids do not get bored (or I). My only two gripes are that their is too much space given to the model railway and some of the rooms... More 

1 Thank Andrew C
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Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

This place it the perfect place for young children especially if they have a lot of energy. It's nice not to have to worry about them touching everything. This is my son's favorite place to go!

Thank brittany m

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