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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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Fun visit to interactive Science Museum of Western VA

I took my two year old granddaughter to the Science Museum of Western VA for a fun day of explorations! She enjoyed especially the fish tanks (seen for FREE in Center in the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
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Roanoke, Virginia
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Saint Francisville, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Great place to spend the day! Lots of hands on activities. The giant mouth was awesome! The butterfly garden was wonderful. A membership would be well worth it if we lived in the area. The fish and jellyfish tanks in the lobby were fascinating.

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Roanoke, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

I took my two year old granddaughter to the Science Museum of Western VA for a fun day of explorations! She enjoyed especially the fish tanks (seen for FREE in Center in the Square's lobby), crawling through the intestines and spending time in the Children's Discovery Center. She turned the big globe into a huge jack o' lantern and enjoyed... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We were through it in less than 30 minutes. Not worth it. Maybe if it were free it would explain not having anything in it. This thing used to be awesome sadly it has fallen off.

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

After being to the science museum in Richmond this spring, this was somewhat disappointing. The dinosaur exhibit was full of replicas instead of real fossils. I've seen more "real" fossils at gem and mineral shows. Their gem and mineral gallery was nice but very small. Two things saved the day here. The volunteer attendant at the touch tank was amazing.... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We enjoyed our visit very much with our children, age 5 & 20 months. I'd say the museum is geared toward younger children and our ages were perfect. What a wonderful idea the playroom and the science lab are! The butterfly garden was beautiful! Everything was clean and the bathrooms are nice. Plenty of staff and volunteers! We also enjoyed... More 

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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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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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11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 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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