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Address: 524 E. Main St., Downtown, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone Number: 434/977-1025
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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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fun place for kids

i have been to other, what I would call children museums and this one is not as big as some but very good activities for kids.There are things for all ages. Things to build, claim... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Roanoke, Virginia
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Roanoke, Virginia
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70 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

i have been to other, what I would call children museums and this one is not as big as some but very good activities for kids.There are things for all ages. Things to build, claim on and act out. We liked the panara bread and fire house the best. They even have a working beehive. If you are coming from... More 

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C'ville
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Took 2 grandsons (ages 4 and 6) to this museum to help mom and dad rest up from delivery of son #3. Fantastic place for kids. Lots of hands on activities. The boys were happy from the minute we entered the door. From the toy bakery to the bee hive everything fascinated them. The apple tree and the farm produce... More 

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Pittsburgh, PA
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

If we lived in Charlottesville, a membership to the Virginia Discovery Museum would be a no-brainer. It's a fun play space for children with a lot of creative play opportunities. It's also very affordable. My 2-year-old had a blast here. We spent 2 hours but probably could have stayed another 30 minutes or so before he would have gotten tired... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

We visited with our almost two year old son while visiting family in Charlottesville. He played non-stop for over an hour and seemed to really enjoy all the activities. It's a great place for younger children.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

It is a very nice, however small, children's museum. It is nice to have something like this close by... but no comparison to Amazement Square in Lynchburg!

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Zion, Illinois
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21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

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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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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 280 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
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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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