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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 #11 of 28 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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Shawsville, Virginia, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Virginia, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This museum is trying to keep up with the times. Nice to see that. This can entertain young and old alike. Plenty of good walking, plenty of things to see...makes for a nice afternoon out with or without the kids. (Have to deal with the notorious parking of Roanoke, but once you get past that...makes for a good time.)

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Roanoke, Virginia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This was a perfect outing for the 12-year old who was with me. The Butterfly Garden is charming, and the Lab was a great source of fun performing the experiments available with the lab tech. The City Market is just a few feet away from the Center in the Square, so we had so much fun combining the two things.

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Roanoke, Virginia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Last week my great grandchildren, ages 12,10, 8 and 6 were visiting and we went to the Science Museum and Butterfly Garden. They loved it and we ended up in the lab near closing time and the teen age volunteers very patiently helped them with the experiments.

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roanoke, va
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Roanoke has done a great job bringing in all that is available at the Science Museum, good wholesome family fun and very Educational!

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Roanoke, Virginia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

First of all, I'm from Roanoke so I visited the original museum with my son many times & I'm privy to the amount spent on the renovation so with that taken into consideration I think it was a very poor job done. The museum is very boring & extremely sparse. The most interesting part is the free aquariums in the... More

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manati
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Ok this museum is in need of funding. I still had a good time learning and taking in everything but they did have some exhibits that were not working. What I understood was that they had recently renovated but that the planetarium was out of service. Butterfly exhibit was neat but you did feel sorry for them you see a... More

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

Thanks so much for taking the time to review the Science Museum, and we regret that your experience was less than satisfying. During your visit, our exhibit floor was in a state of flux as we prepared to open "TUTANKHAMUN: Wonderful Things from the Pharaoh's Tomb" on June 14. Concerning our planetarium, we decided to close it since the technology... More

Roanoke, Virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Since the Museums reopening in Center in the Square I have decided to become a regular, my daughter actually wants to see the exhibit’s and learn about History of our town and wants to explore everything she can. The Museum is now housed alongside the Science Museum which has rotational exhibits and even a touching tank for the kids. The... More

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Roanoke, Virginia
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40 reviews 40 reviews
3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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