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Science Museum of Western Virginia & Hopkins Planetarium

One Market Square SE, 4th Floor, Roanoke, VA 24011
+1 540-342-5710
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Ranked #18 of 27 attractions in Roanoke
Type: Science Museums, Observatories/ Planetariums
Owner description: Fun for the whole family, the Science Museum of Western Virginia features a tropical butterfly garden filled with butterflies from around the world;... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Roanoke, Virginia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Not many cities can boast of a Butterfly Garden, but Roanoke has one! I was able to attend several of the "Butterflies at Five" and it was a totally elegant evening with wine and snacks and information. The culmination of the evening was releasing your own butterfly. It can't get much better than this. They have also recently created a... More

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Roanoke, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

If you are looking for a way to spend a few hours in Roanoke, I highly recommend that you check out the Science Museum of Western Virginia. Their renovated exhibit space is architecturally lovely, the Butterfly Garden is beautiful, and the partnership with Virginia Tech allows for fascinating, rotating exhibits that come straight out of current research. Go up to... More

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Roanoke, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

We have a membership thru the science museum b/c we have a large family. That being said, if you don't have a membership, I would seriously consider whether or not you want to spend a few hours here. The downsides: very expensive for what you get. Half of the exhibits are "closed" or out of order. The other ones aren't... More

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SciMuseumWesternVa, Public Relations Manager at Science Museum of Western Virginia & Hopkins Planetarium, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your feedback. We have shared in your disappointment as the weeks and months have passed with our exhibit fabricator behind schedule in completing, delivering, and installing some of our most important exhibits. Recognizing the shortfall, we lowered ticket prices, handed out passes, and worked hard to keep the Museum lively and active through some great... More

Roanoke, Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

The "renovation" has been going on now for the past two year. Half of the exhibits were not open. This museum used to have quite a few interesting hands-on and interesting things to do. Now, possibly 3/4 of that is gone. The weather area is still interesting, but could have had more features. There is just so much empty space... More

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SciMuseumWesternVa, Public Relations Manager at Science Museum of Western Virginia & Hopkins Planetarium, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your feedback. We have shared in your disappointment as the weeks and months have passed with our exhibit fabricator behind schedule in completing, delivering, and installing some of our most important exhibits. Recognizing the shortfall, we lowered ticket prices, handed out passes, and worked hard to keep the Museum lively and active through some great... More

Floyd
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67 reviews 67 reviews
21 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

My husband and I stopped by because we'd heard of a dinosaur program. We made the incorrect assumption that there must also be a dinosaur exhibit but aside from one rather cheesy dinosaur, there was nothing. A mineral and geode exhibit was OK but everything else was aimed at children and of no interest to me. There is an optional... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013 via mobile

This was located in a very nice,newly renovated building in the center of downtown. There is a very nice butterfly "zoo" as well. Many of the exhibits were not open or in repair which limited our enjoyment.

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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7 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

Today, we went to the science museum after we heard about their big remodel. We understood that the remodel wasn't complete and we received free admission to come back when it is completed. However, I was totally unprepared for what we saw. I have grown up attending the science museums and have been going there for the past umpteen years.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013 via mobile

The staff was clear they are only 1/2 up and running. We still had a great time, though. My kids loved the science lab. The fellas working the lab were great with them. The butterfly garden was a big hit, too. Wear bright colors. The butterflies are attracted to them!

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Oklahoma City, OK
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106 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

We went to the museum with six kids and two adults. The ticket price was $10 for an adult and an additional $2 for the butterfly exhibit (normally $4). The butterfly exhibit was disappointing since there were only 4-6 species of butterflies... the "exotic" butterflies were not in yet. I saw better butterflies in my son's yard that same afternoon.... More

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Virginia
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11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This newly renovated facility is wonderful for all ages. It provides hands on experiences and is delightful.

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