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Virginia Discovery Museum

524 E. Main St., Downtown, Charlottesville, VA 22902
434/977-1025
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Type: Children's Museums, Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining, Mountain biking, Shopping, Wine tasting
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Type: Children's Museums, Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining, Mountain biking, Shopping, Wine tasting
Hours:
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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English first
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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111 reviews 111 reviews
21 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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118 reviews 118 reviews
47 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 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
41 helpful votes 41 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
25 helpful votes 25 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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50 reviews 50 reviews
5 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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