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Address: 524 E. Main St., Downtown, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone Number: 434/977-1025
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining, Mountain biking, Shopping, Wine tasting

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Virginia Discovery Museum.

We have attended several birthday parties there and overall they were quite fun for the children of 5+ old. The museum overall is great fun though a bit aged- but the children... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 7, 2015
anglophile84
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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Zion, Illinois
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Our youngest was getting tired of boring touristy stuff that did not interest her. So while everyone else explored downtown Charlottesville, I took her to Discovery Museum.What a great break for her. She got to play with stuff for quite some time and it only cost $6 to get in! If you want to go for lunch, they let you... More 

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uberfilipi
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

We have a pass to the museum (mostly so on vacations we can get into other ones too). My kids are 1, 3, and 5 and we go about once a week. My 5 year old really loves the Thursday afternoon Science Club at 4pm. The stations don't change very often and in comparison to other children's museums this one... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

We have attended several birthday parties there and overall they were quite fun for the children of 5+ old. The museum overall is great fun though a bit aged- but the children love the activities!! and is located right on the Mall for shopping and eating out.

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Owings Mills, Maryland
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331 reviews 331 reviews
78 attraction reviews
255 helpful votes 255 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We were disappointed when we were all herded to a big yellow school bus for the drive around Charlottesville to view the holiday lights. I thought we would travel the route in the Trolleys the have that go around the city. The seating was horrible and a small child standing on the seat behind us sneezed all over the backs... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

This place is great for kids. It's not super new or formally educational, but it's REALLY hands-on and kids truly have fun. I hate the museums that force "educational" information the whole time. It's not like the DC children's museum in that way at all. My son (18 mo) loves the train table, car-creating station, air tunnels, and real beehive... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Museum has some changing displays and hands on things for little ones to do. Grandparents seem to enjoy taking the little ones for an hour or more.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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120 reviews 120 reviews
23 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We always bring grandkids, nieces and nephews and they have all had a blast! It is educational as well with a little something for everyone, even the adults have fun!

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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76 reviews 76 reviews
12 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

*TIP: We got free passes by signing up for them on jmrl.org. SUCH a great resource, and it was so nice for the whole family to go for free since I think we will get more out of it later...I recommend you request the passes online, and then get them from your local library once they become available to you.... More 

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Virginia
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124 reviews 124 reviews
47 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Great place to take the children, whether it be a one time visit, or, a membership, children, play, while learning. Staff, hands-on activities, available to answer questions. FYI> The staff, are not child-sitters.

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Kitimat, Canada
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59 reviews 59 reviews
18 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Come play with your children as they learn through hands on activities. Great set-ups, interesting topics, and friendly people working there. It is also centrally located so it is a good place to hang out for a day and then grab a bit to eat, and stroll down the mall pedestrain walkway.

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