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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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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Move from walking mall helped

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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Mt Airy NC
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Mt Airy NC
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136 reviews 136 reviews
31 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

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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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This is a wonderful museum---especially for younger children. There are numerous hands on, interactive displays, as well as a scientist on hand, who shows folks fun little experiments, which can also replicated at homes. The age cut off for this museum would be at about age 12.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

No, I wouldn't recommend this place. I have been to several museums in VA, NC, FL. This is one is the worse so far. Don't waste your money.

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DC
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35 reviews 35 reviews
3 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Went with two kids aged almost 3 and 6 and we had fun 3 floors of mixed science and learning type activities - staff was helpful and overall it was clean and well done We would go back especially when they have pre-planned activities (family science challenge etc)

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Winchester, Virginia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I have been to the old one downtown before they built the new one, so I have been to both now. The cost is expensive for what you get. They need more hands on things for the younger kids. The ambulance is neat and kids of all ages will enjoy it, however I have to wonder how often they get... More 

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Winchester, Virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

This museum offers a small version of our American history packed full of history within the Shenandoah Valley. A small gift shop and cafe will offer the visitor a great 4-5 hour day spent perusing the different areas of the museum, listening to audio tours, shopping, eating, and participating in some interactive displays. This museum is beautiful, clean, visitors are... More 

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Stephenson, Virginia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

My almost 4 year old daughter has been visiting the Discovery Museum since before she was 1, and has always loved. But their new location (opened in 2014) is AMAZING. 4 levels, the top on is on the roof - fenced in. So much more to do now then they had in the old location. Plus they're about to open... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

The Discovery Museum is a wonderful place to visit. Learning is honestly fun! My daughter (age 2) builds houses (and demolishes), colors and paints (then cuts and pastes), and has even built a (Hoover) dam! We walk with turtles. Check on the fish and find a hidden snake. We have been lucky enough to hear a class trip learn about... More 

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Winchester, Virginia
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58 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We visited at their new location on Cork Street. They have done wonders with the expanded space and it is a truly educational and entertaining locale. Not too many grumpy people as the displays and exhibits engage the children and the adults with them as well. A jewel in old town Winchester!

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