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Virginia Discovery Museum

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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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Tried the Gingerbread Express

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... read more

1 of 5 starsReviewed December 29, 2014
Judy J
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Owings Mills, Maryland
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Owings Mills, Maryland
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321 reviews 321 reviews
74 attraction reviews
243 helpful votes 243 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
34 helpful votes 34 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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70 reviews 70 reviews
12 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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Charlottesville, Virginia
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121 reviews 121 reviews
47 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 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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charlottesville
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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

It is a great location for kids to release energy while learning. The museum is designed to also teach families about the area and its history.

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VA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

We drove from Fredericksburg to go to Carpe Donut (yum, yum), go to the children's museum, walk the pedestrian mall and eat at Citizen Burger Bar (SO good!) Okay, so not our healthiest day but we did some walking. The Discovery Museum, itself, would have been worth the 60 mile trip! Our 3 1/2 yr. old and 16 mo. old... More 

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Williamsburg, VA
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76 reviews 76 reviews
4 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

My son and I visited C'ville for a boys weekend and at three, he wasn't into late night music...so we came to VADM and had a blast. The staff was so friendly and the activities were wonderful, interactive and well-kept. There was a party going on and it was easily infused with the activities of the general public. From the... More 

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