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Science Museum of Western Virginia & Hopkins Planetarium

1 Market Sq SE, 4th Floor, Roanoke, VA 24011-1429
+1 540-342-5710
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Enjoyable and interactive

The museum was enjoyable however difficult to locate from the street. This is not your typical... read more

Reviewed 8 September 2017
Hands On Fun

Something for everyone. We took 4 children ages 3 to 10, and they were all happy for hours... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2017
Roanoke, Virginia
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Fun for the whole family, the Science Museum of Western Virginia features a tropical butterfly garden filled with butterflies from around the world; fun and interactive exhibits exploring Healthy Bodies, Healthy Earth and How It Works; live animals and the popular "FROGS"; the Living River & Touch Tank; and amazing traveling exhibits such as "TUTANKHAMUN: Wonderful Things From The Pharaoh's Tomb," running June 14-Dec. 31, 2014.
  • Excellent36%
  • Very good39%
  • Average18%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
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1 Market Sq SE, 4th Floor, Roanoke, VA 24011-1429
+1 540-342-5710
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Reviewed 8 September 2017

The museum was enjoyable however difficult to locate from the street. This is not your typical museum and it is located on the 3rd floor of the Center of the Square building. No clear signs to indicate what is in the building, walked passed it...More

Thank homealone0227
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Something for everyone. We took 4 children ages 3 to 10, and they were all happy for hours. Everything from huge building blocks to WII-type motion sensors. Go!

Thank D0nald_trip
Reviewed 4 August 2017

We have a membership to a large science center in Baltimore, MD, so we are able to visit other science centers who participate in the ATSC program for free. This museum was super easy to find and is contained on two floors. It is very...More

Thank kim591
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

We believe in supporting our hometown science museum and still think it is worth your time. It's grown more interactive with maker spaces and a wonderful coding playroom but has given us a chillier reception on most recent visits--staff has seemed more disinterested. Good playful...More

Thank regiontravelreturns
Reviewed 14 July 2017

We expected we would stay at this museum for a couple of hours and ended up spending most of the day here with four kids (ages ranged from 3-10). The kids loved it and talked about their experiences that evening over dinner. What would make...More

1  Thank cgandme
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

It was the most beautiful event ever! The staff was so sweet and accommodating! I am so glad that we chose this venue for our renewal ceremony! There is a new exhibit called Toy Joy that all the children in attendance absolutely LOVED! I love...More

Thank Corinna D
Reviewed 25 April 2017

Took a friends 7 year old daughter for the 1st time. She enjoyed it and was entertained by everything they had to offer for a few hours. The butterfly part was all of our favorite! Some of the activities didn't work but for a 7...More

Thank Meredith M
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

We stopped here on our way home from Dollywood. Our three year old loved it. We have a another museum pass that allows free entry to this museum which is great. There is so much to do including butterflies, touch tank and a planetarium. The...More

2  Thank kecompel
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Knowledgeable and friendly staff and volunteers. Touch a starfish. Learn about tornadoes. Have a butterfly land on your shoulder! WONDERFUL stop mid-drive down 81, for an hour break for the kids.

Thank mrskaren
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

Kid-focused science museum with touch tank, maker space, sensory-friendly play area (the "Bubble," new), large block areas. etc. Some arcade games remain even post Pixel Play temporary exhibit. Clean and attractive. Butterfly garden is a popular exhibit. members, we visit often. Came today for children's...More

1  Thank regiontravelreturns
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Brandy K
30 December 2016|
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Response from regiontravelreturns | Reviewed this property |
If your child enjoys making things and being creative or very much enjoys video games, 3 hours.