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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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Fun for the whole family, the Science Museum of Western Virginia features a...

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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This is a really nice place to take your child. It has really cool thing for them to learn and is also fun for adults.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 27, 2015
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Roanoke, Virginia
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32 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My kids and I had a great time here! There were a lot of exhibits, tons to do, and I would absolutely go back.

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Thank Tara W
Roanoke, Virginia
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

This is a really nice place to take your child. It has really cool thing for them to learn and is also fun for adults.

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Thank bemrfst
Manassas, Virginia, United States
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40 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

We stopped by Roanoke for a weekend road trip. We wanted to see a bit of everything and who can resist a planetarium and butterflies? The Science Museum is small, but has a quit a few things to engage kids (It was just my wife and I, not kids on this trip). We wandered around and enjoyed scanning the food... More 

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Thank Scott R
Roanoke, Virginia
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38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

A few interesting exhibits but the butterfly garden was definitely our favorite. Several exhibits were temporarily closed when we went.

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Thank shann0nlee
Richmond, Virginia
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242 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

This is a total hit for children and adults too. You will learn regardless of your age as you interact with the many interesting exhibits. So much of it is hands on learning. The gift shop offers many educational toys and items that cannot be found in a typical store.

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Thank Jeff S
Yonkers, New York
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26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

I went there to see the Butterfly exhibit and the King Tut exhibit happened to be there also. It was a good day because everything was free. The museum was a lot smaller that I envisioned but the butterfly exhibit was the saving grace. Having the butterflies light on your arm was really cool. The King Tut exhibit was ok,... More 

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Thank Constance P
North Carolina
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17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

My main reason for our trip to Roanoke was to visit the Butterfly Garden. The cost for 2 Adults and 2 Children (5 and 11) was $32 and this was to enter the Butterfly Garden only - to go to both the Science Museum and see the Butterflies was another $20 which I did not do. The garden area was... More 

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Thank PureHagar
Richmond, VA
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94 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

We were only at the museum very briefly for an event, but we got a chance to walk through the butterfly exhibit, see the aquariums and touch tank, and enjoy the rooftop deck - really only a fraction of what the museum has to offer. We really enjoyed what we saw. The butterfly exhibit was amazing, with an enormous variety... More 

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Thank Labnut
Saint Francisville, Louisiana
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31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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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Thank Linden L
Roanoke, Virginia
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15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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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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