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Science Museum of Virginia

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Address: 2500 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220-2057
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+1 804-864-1400
09:30 - 17:00
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Sun 11:30 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 09:30 - 17:00

"We're not your dad's Science Museum!" says Science Museum of...

"We're not your dad's Science Museum!" says Science Museum of Virginia Director/CWO (that's Chief Wonder Officer) Richard Conti. "Our newly re-imagined Museum is a place that is relevant to your life and fun!"Our mission: Inspiring Virginians to enrich their lives through science.Our Story: Since its founding by the Virginia General Assembly in 1970, the Science Museum of Virginia has become the premier center for hands-on science education in Virginia. The Museum has permanent exhibitions on health, energy and natural science and includes hundreds of interactive exhibits, fascinating artifacts, live animals, a theater company and cutting edge technology. The 76-foot Dome Theater creates the ultimate "you are there" experience with the largest film screen in Virginia wrapped around you. The Museum also features visiting exhibitions, educational programming, overnight adventures, lectures, demonstrations and summer camps. The Museum receives guidance and generous support from community leaders and organizations. The Museum's Board of Trustees is appointed by the Governor and provides oversight and policy guidance. The Science Museum of Virginia Foundation raises funds to support the mission, operations and capital needs of the museum. The Museum is also the parent organization for the Danville Science Center. The Science Museum of Virginia is located in Richmond's Museum District, in historic Broad Street Station designed by renowned architect John Russell Pope, at 2500 West Broad Street.

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Great for kids-15 years old, not for adults

This was a $14/person admission but left us adults (old 27 and 28) bored. A lot of hands on activities but with school children racing around and cutting in line it made the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Holyoke, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Went with a 10 year old and a 50 year old and it is definitely fun for the whole family. Everyone can learn something. Ample parking. The cafe "periodic table" has very few healthy food choices - bring your own. Small outdoor grounds for the kids to explore.

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Buxton, NC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this museum with two 9 year olds. They had a blast and did not stop moving for 3 hours! So many hand on activities and great learning opportunities.

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Holyoke, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a $14/person admission but left us adults (old 27 and 28) bored. A lot of hands on activities but with school children racing around and cutting in line it made the experience even less enjoyable for us. We did like the hurricane simulator and tested how fast we could pitch. Downstairs in the "Boost" room were interesting activities.... More 

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Lexington, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a prefect museum to spend an hour or two. We really enjoyed the speed exhibit, and there were so many varied elements. Lots of hands on stuff for kids. Rat basketball was fun to see too!

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Baltimore, Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The headliner of this museum (and rightfully so) is the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird that is hanging from the ceiling at an interesting angle thats visible from the moment you enter this retired Train palace. Donated by the air force and once located out at the now closed Virginia Aviation Museum, the Blackbird is the "headliner" of the SPEED exhibit that... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to the museum with my 22 year old daughter for the afternoon. We knew it was aimed at a younger crowd but we love science. We actually had a very good time. We spent 3 hours and hit most of the hands-on exhibits. There was a lot of very concise, relevant, and interesting information at these exhibits for all... More 

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Manassas, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

We came here super early in the morning. It's a fun place to go to especially with kids. Since we went super early there wasn't a lot of traffic to get to each exhibit.

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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

I visited the museum after not being here for 15years and was surprised by how few exhibits there were. There are a lot of children's activities, though. I was disappointed as a childless adult hoping to see science exhibits. The best part by far was the IMAX theatre; we saw a stunning film on the solar system.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

We finished our thanksgiving weekend in Richmond by seeing a little bit of downtown. Our 7 yr daughter had a blast with all of the interactive exhibits. A lot of great history to be seen and all done in a kid-friendly, fun atmosphere.

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Hampton, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

A lady who I met recently turns out to be another train buff and suggested we attend the big model train event at the museum and tour the 1" = 1" cars and locomotives on the remaining tracks. They have done a wonderful job of restoring and converting the station into a science museum, but leaving at least some of... More 

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