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Virginia Discovery Museum

524 E. Main St., Downtown, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Type: Children's Museums
Activities: Dining, Wine tasting, City walk sightseeing, Shopping, Mountain biking
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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67 reviews 67 reviews
35 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
16 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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62 reviews 62 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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Charleston, South Carolina
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51 reviews 51 reviews
5 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

To be honest a little disappointed in the museum aspect. It is definitely geared to the 2-4 year old set. Most of the exhibits were extremely low tech and the museum is small and our experience coincided with seemingly 100 kids in the same morning. Our 3 year old was in and out in 30 minutes. The poster that stated... More

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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

educational hands -on fun for the family. Love that this organization partners with local businesses and community volunteers to build such a wonderful opportunity and experience! The Little C-ville was just the right size for the children to experience Charlottesville on a different level. The live honey bee exhibit is fascinating for all ages! There is parking at two different... More

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Charlottesville, VA
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

My middle grandson loves visiting the VA Discovery Museum. He can't wait to go back, to climb up the steps to the cabin loft, try to catch scarfs he puts in the giant blower and build his own race care. My only complaint is sometimes there are older kids that are not well supervised by their parents.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

My five-year-old had the time of his life and didn't want to leave. Thanks to the wonderful staff who always have a smile and make learning fun.

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39 reviews 39 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

You can spend quite a bit of time here. The kids loved it and it gives the parents some interesting things to play with as well.

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