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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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When my son was young, he loved going to the Discovery Museum every Saturday. We would find new and exciting events to occupy many hours. A great learning experience every time.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 14, 2015
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Suffolk, Virginia
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Suffolk, Virginia
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

When my son was young, he loved going to the Discovery Museum every Saturday. We would find new and exciting events to occupy many hours. A great learning experience every time.

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

We are happy to hear that you and your son enjoyed the museum! We would love for you to stop by and check out all of the new and exciting exhibits we have in our new building. Check our webpage for free or reduced admission days. We hope you can visit soon! More 

Winchester, Virginia
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

My nieces (ages 5 and 9) loved this museum so much we went back again today! I should mention that my 12 year old daughter loves this museum as well! The exhibits are varied and age-appropriate. My family especially loved the digestive system climbing wall, the apple factory, and the roof garden. This is just wonderfully clean, beautiful, and educational...a... More 

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

Thank you for visiting, Diane! We love to hear stories of multi-generational learning! At the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, we take great pride in facilitating a place where learners of all ages can discover and play together. Thank you for you review and for visiting with us multiple times. We hope to see you, your nieces, and your daughter again... More 

Keedysville, Maryland
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21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Went with 5 kids between the ages of 2 and 7. They all enjoyed it. the ambulance was everyone's favorite and I think we spent the most time playing there. The facility is clean and the roof top is amazing. Staff is ok. The lady working the register was not friendly and I heard another employee get a bit snippy... More 

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

We are happy to hear that you and your family 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 do take our visitors' input to heart and will be following up with our staff concerning visitor engagement. Thank you for... More 

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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Took the boys here today. I would say the 1st and 2nd floors were more age appropriate for them, but the roof was also kind of neat. Great part was they have ATSC reciprocity so we didn't have to pay admission. It is also in Old Town Winchester, so there are shops right across from the museum. Downside is there... More 

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

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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16 reviews
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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 15 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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162 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 183 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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111 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 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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