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Children's Museum of Virginia

Address: 221 High Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704
Phone Number: (757) 393-5258
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Ranked #1 of 20 Attractions in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Children's Museums, Museums
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Type: Children's Museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Spokane, Washington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

We took our 3 kids here right before Christmas on a weekday. We had it to ourselves and honestly, we wish that we had planned on spending more time. Our kids, (ages 8, 4, 16 months) all had something to check out, imagine, play with and explore. It was very clean, good bathrooms and reasonably priced. Great little place -... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

If you have young children, you MUST visit this museum if you are in the Norfolk/Va Beach area!!! So much for the kids to do. Fun and educational for the kids and adults!!! We took our 21 month old grandson and he had a ball. From the grocery store to the fire trucks to the bubble room to the train... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

something for everyone here. Adults and children alike were able to enjoy the exhibits here. Skip the planetarium, though, since the cinematic experience is a bit underwhelming. Make sure to allot plenty of time for the better second floor, where the “invisible" scientific forces of nature like magnetism, sound waves, and gravity can be experienced hands-on. Also not to miss... More 

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Southampton
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

While visiting family in Virginia I took my toddler to the museum. It was a little pricey but once we got inside it was well worth it. We could have spent days there. There was so much to do and see I was a child in a candy shop along with my toddler. To this day he talks about the... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

My family joined last week and we found many exhibits were broken, or not working. The motorcycle that children sit on needs to be thrown in the trash. It was broken down, worn out, nothing worked, and it was filthy. The fire truck had switches that do not work. The fire hoses only one worked. In the grocery store the... More 

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Norfolk, Virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We love going to the Children's Museum. Between the bus that kids can pretend drive to the grocery store where they can ring up their grocery items to the train room to the bank where they can send and receive like in a drive through, this is a fabulous place to take children.

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Portsmouth, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

My kids always enjoyed the Children's Museum in Portsmouth. After the renovation, it is now more like a science center. Lots of information and hands on activities for all ages. More photo ops than you could imagine so bring your camera.

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Portsmouth, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Do you like trains? Do you like science? Do you like happy kids doing hands on fun things and learning? I take all of my friends with kids age 2-11 years old here when they visit...i have YET to have one unhappy customer. They have a military discount and I think Veteran's Day deal. The tickets are pricey but I'm... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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48 reviews 48 reviews
41 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

It is absolutely awesome with little&young kids. There is like a street with a grocery, a bank, a doctor`s cabinet, etc. and everything is kid size, small ones can enjoy touching things they are not allowed in the bank, etc. Trains collection is rich& beautiful! Worth spend a day, had a good time.

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Grand Forks, North Dakota
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

My kids are 6 and 3 years old. We got there at opening time. Great time to go so we got to do everything before it got busy. My kids had a blast. They do have a military discount which is nice. It's very open and lots of hands on experiences for the kids. Great place to spend the day!

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