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Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum

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Address: 19 West Cork Street, Winchester, VA 22601
Phone Number: +1 540-722-2020
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: Our mission at the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum is to ignite...
Our mission at the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum is to ignite creativity, spark curiosity and inspire learning in visitors of all ages by providing a rich variety of interactive, hands-on exhibits and programs that focus on the sciences and mathematics, the humanities, and the arts.All exhibits, activities and experiences provided by the Discovery Museum adhere to the following philosophical guidelines:Exhibits, activities and programs are interactive, participatory and informal, and give visitors opportunities to experiment, have fun playing, use their imaginations and share ideas.Visitors are engaged at their own level of expertise and experience.Activities and programs are multi-sensory, authentic, honest, and factual.The Museum works in a spirit of cooperation and partnership with educational, cultural, governmental and community organizations.
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Fantastic place for kids of all ages and adults! Lots of areas for free play as well as exploration. Took grandchildren, ages 3 and 4! They especially loved the rescue squad... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Stephens City, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Fantastic place for kids of all ages and adults! Lots of areas for free play as well as exploration. Took grandchildren, ages 3 and 4! They especially loved the rescue squad vehicle!

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Port Charlotte, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

This children's museum had 4 floors, each packed with fun stuff for little ones. My kids are 8 and 10 and even though we had a good time I would recommend this for younger kiddos. We all still had lots of fun doing experiments and being silly together! Each floor has clean bathrooms...a plus for sure!

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svdiscoverymuseum, Public Relations Manager at Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, responded to this review

We were happy to have you Noelle! We are glad to hear that you and you kids got a chance to be silly together! We strive to facilitate multi-generational learning at the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum and hope that on your next visit to the area you and you family check out our after hours programming. Many of these programs... More 

Duncan, South Carolina, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

This was a visit with the grand kinds, ages 6 and 4. They had a good time on each of the 4 floors. The stand-out exhibit was the full sized automobile built entirely of Legos (201,076 or them). The real ambulance was a hit too, and the climbing wall. There were a few minor things that didn't work, like the... More 

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svdiscoverymuseum, Public Relations Manager at Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting with us Kevin! We are extremely happy to hear that you had an enjoyable visit to the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum. We take great pride in facilitating a place where learners of all ages can discover and play together. We are currently looking into the issues with our exhibits you mentioned and they will be addressed... More 

Chesapeake, Virginia
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157 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

I believe this place has three floors and a rooftop spot for kids to have a ball. There are so many hands-on things to do in this place. I especially like the real emergency/ambulance on the first floor, along with various gear for kids so that they can play EMT or doctor. I also think the Apple Packing Shed set-up... More 

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svdiscoverymuseum, Public Relations Manager at Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting with us JoyfulWriter! We believe the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum is a wonderful place for kids too! We are so happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed each of our exhibits during your stay. We do rotate new exhibits into the museum periodically and offer programming that is included in admission cost (usually in... More 

Ashburn, VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Both of my kids are 2 and under so they got in free. Even if we paid for them only it would have still been cheaper than the $21.00 we paid for the adults. If they would just charge the kids only, it would make more sense. With that said, it was a fun time. Our favorite floor was the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

My 2 year old daughter had a blast. We took here there with her grandparents and there were plenty of family activities. She enjoyed the ball roller coaster the most. I can see our family visit again the next time we come to visit.

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Winchester, Virginia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

We were so excited to visit the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum and were disappointed pretty much from the moment we walked in! We had 4 adults in our group & 2 children and it cost us $48 to get in (I was aware of this ahead of time & was willing to pay that for all that the museum supposedly... More 

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Fincastle, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

the grandchildren love it there! A variety of activities. They especially like the pulleys and apples and washing the dirt/panning for gold

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Mt Airy NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

When it was on the mall, it was dark and crowded. Now, it is bright and more spacious. Kids need a break from history and battlefields, this is a place to keep them entertained for awhile. Don't forget the rooftop.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

My husband and I took our four children here. They very much enjoyed the experience, however, it was chaotic. The exhibits were in a disarray and not all exhibits were available to everyone. There are many hands on activities available, I just wish it was a bit better organized.

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Additional Information about Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum

Address: Address: 19 West Cork Street, Winchester, VA 22601
Phone Number: +1 540-722-2020
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Winchester
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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