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Avampato Discovery Museum

300 Leon Sullivan Way, Charleston, WV (Formerly Sunrise Museum)
304-561-3575
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Ranked #18 of 26 Attractions in Charleston
Type: Art Museums, Science Museums, Gardens, Museums
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Meal Plans Available, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Attraction details
Type: Art Museums, Science Museums, Gardens, Museums
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Meal Plans Available, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We were severely disappointed. Being closed means no one is being paid and we couldn't spend any money here. Where is the logic- aren't there volunteers or employees that might want to work during the summer at least? And at 7.50 and up for admission, this would seem feasible if not desirable as one may assume you wish to serve... More 

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Panama City, Florida
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804 reviews 804 reviews
259 attraction reviews
324 helpful votes 324 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

This is the kid's portion of the new Clay Center and replaced the old Sunrise kid's museum in Charleston. The displays and activities here were all well maintained and nice, but this is a fairly small kid's museum compared to other places. They have 4 separate sections but the sections are very small, 2-3 rooms each. The best section was... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

The exhibits for kids are plentiful and educational. My kids had lots of fun and the show at the planetarium is good to see, nice way to relax. Membership is a great value if you live in the tristate area.

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Charleston, West Virginia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2012

I love when kids can have fun and learn without realizing they are learning. The educational exhibits are smart and don't talk down to the kids. The staff are well-trained and knowledgeable about the exhibits. We particularly enjoy the Exploratory area which changes exhibits regularly. There seems to be an themed event at least once a month that provides opportunities... More 

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Charleston, West Virginia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2012

I was sitting for my sister and took her 3 year old twins we had a blast and it is so kid friendly.

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South Charleston, West Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2012

my kids have been here many times and never grow tired of it. there is also a small toddler area that my little one enjoys.

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West Virginia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2011

The museum is actually an interactive science display. Great for children. There is also a planetarium.

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Morgantown, West Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2011

the associates are extremely helpful and quite knowledgeable. I would like to take a membership and be a frequent visitor. The NASA exhibition was good, I was told they are not putting up something related to forensic investigations. The planetarium show was also good, though not great. The film (on the same screen as the planetarium) was better enjoyed by... More 

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Charleston, WV
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2008

If you travel down I-77 or I-64 Through Charleston, WV, take time to stop here and let the children play and learn! A planetarium with 360 degree theater and educational films that wow the senses is available for multiple shows during the day.... The 3 story Avampato museum has an Art Gallery on the 3rd floor with excellent mix of... More 

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Martinsburg, WV
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2005

This was my second time to this science center, the first time being with a school group. This time I had my two daughters and my niece...ages 12, 14 & 17. They had so much fun, I had trouble getting them to leave. We went to the art gallery first, then through the science center. The kids loved the weather... More 

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