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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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Good "Introductory" Science Museum for Small Children

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 20, 2015
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Roanoke, Virginia
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127 reviews 127 reviews
66 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

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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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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78 reviews 78 reviews
26 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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Floyd, Virginia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

They have recently revamped within the last couple of years and it was a delight for a small local science museum. Very well rounded and a new butterfly exhibit.

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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 the kind words. We're delighted you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon! More 

Hiram, Georgia
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64 reviews 64 reviews
9 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

While traveling through and in the downtown area, we were walking and found this museum with our three kids. We rolled the dice and paid for admission not knowing what to expect and we were glad we did. It will take you about 2.5 - 3hrs to explore everything with the kids an really see the exhibits. The variety is... More 

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

Many thanks for taking the time to post a review of the Science Museum of Western. We're delighted that you enjoyed your visit and hope you'll come again soon! More 

Hillsboro, Kentucky, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Wonderful museum with so many different areas to explore! Lots of hands on activities for kids. A "must" see for any one interested in science and history.

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Roanoke, Virginia
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58 reviews 58 reviews
16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

we went with our two young children. They had a great time with all the interactive things to do. It was fun and educational for everyone of us. They could have spent most of the day there. The best value is to become a member. If you are close enough and can go at least 2 time in a year... More 

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Shawsville, Virginia, United States
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52 reviews 52 reviews
19 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I love how nice the museum looks since they remodeled. I love the butterfly exhibit and the "Lab" for doing small experiments. The re-model made this a top notch museum in the Roanoke Valley.

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Danville, VA
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Many, many interactive science displays. Fun for all ages. Obviously designed primarily for children, but we (ages 66 and 69) also had a great time. The butterfly garden is very impressive, small but well maintained with lots of colorful plants and butterflys.

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