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Science Museum of Western Virginia & Hopkins Planetarium

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Address: One Market Square SE, 4th Floor, Roanoke, VA 24011
Phone Number: +1 540-342-5710
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Description: Fun for the whole family, the Science Museum of Western Virginia features...
Fun for the whole family, the Science Museum of Western Virginia features a tropical butterfly garden filled with butterflies from around the world; fun and interactive exhibits exploring Healthy Bodies, Healthy Earth and How It Works; live animals and the popular "FROGS"; the Living River & Touch Tank; and amazing traveling exhibits such as "TUTANKHAMUN: Wonderful Things From The Pharaoh's Tomb," running June 14-Dec. 31, 2014.
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Pricey but fun

$62 for a family of four including the butterfly garden. The butterflies were the highlight. Many varieties and one landed on us and would not leave. Outside of the butterfly... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2015
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Summerfield, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

$62 for a family of four including the butterfly garden. The butterflies were the highlight. Many varieties and one landed on us and would not leave. Outside of the butterfly garden is the "nursery" where all the chrysalis and newly hatched butterflies are. The place spend $1000 per week on the chrysalises. The rest of the museum is basic and... More 

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

was delighted to find this place to take the grandkid - we had as much fun as he did - lots of hands on exhibits, butterfly room, and traveling exhibit area - will go again when in town

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Roanoke, Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The butterfly exhibit was very pretty. The museum itself is fairly small. They had some nice interactive exhibits. There is a small room for children that allows the kids to "dig for fossils". I saw the King Tut exhibit that had a number of replicas of the original artifacts. There was an exhibit on dental health. The aquarium on the... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia, USA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I am sorry but I attended "Raptures" and was VERY disappointed. After buying the ticket for the show, I then had to purchase another ticket to get in the museum. The "family" that sat beside me, had several children, one who talked and moved around during the entire program. The father talked and played with him. The mother breastfed one... More 

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Knoxville, TN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Went with 11 total (5 adults and 6 kids ranging from 3 - 11 years old). Had a great time, with plenty of fun activities and sights for everyone! Very clean facilities, with nice bathrooms available. Didn't spend the extra for the Butterfly Garden, you can save about $4 a person by skipping this exhibit. You can look inside the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 via mobile

To make this museum worth the trip I highly recommend buying all the attractions-butterflies and planetarium. Lots of hands on activities for kids; including petting live horseshoe crabs and letting beautiful butterflies land on you.. The planetarium is nice to do mid-museum or else you could be done sooner than you'd like for the amount you spend to get into... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Recently-renovated museum with interactive exhibits and some live animals (jellyfish, catfish, frogs, etc.) including a touch tank. Other exhibits focus on rock samples, human organs, recycling, weather, and other approachable science topics. Weather exhibit features a "green screen" for creating your own weather broadcast. Play area includes a block-building area, simulated fossil "dig" in rubber mulch, book corner, etc. Planetarium... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

The Butterfly Expo! Well maintained butterfly habitat. Professional knowledgable staff. A good experience for young and old alike.

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Levittown PA
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We were visiting in the Roanoke area with our teenaged granddaughters and 2 of their friends. We thought the museum and planetarium would be a fun afternoon on a rainy day in January or any day for that matter. We were not disappointed. The planetarium was a big hit with all of them, the butterfly garden too. The museum is... More 

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Darien
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Small cities tend to be great places to live, but they focus on family, friends, and the out-of-doors. Roanoke has several museums in the heart of the city convenient to one another and to the Market Square. The Science Museum has a diverse collection, both permanent and traveling. The butterfly collection is small, but very unusual, and you are in... More 

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