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Science Museum of Virginia

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Address: 2500 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220
Phone Number: 804 864 1400
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Sun 11:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Description: “We’re not your dad’s Science Museum!” says Science Museum of Virginia...
“We’re not your dad’s Science Museum!” says Science Museum of Virginia Director/CWO (that’s Chief Wonder Officer) Richard Conti. “Our newly re-imagined Museum is a place that is relevant to your life and fun!”Our mission: Inspiring Virginians to enrich their lives through science.Our Story: Since its founding by the Virginia General Assembly in 1970, the Science Museum of Virginia has become the premier center for hands-on science education in Virginia. The Museum has permanent exhibitions on health, energy and natural science and includes hundreds of interactive exhibits, fascinating artifacts, live animals, a theater company and cutting edge technology. The IMAX®DOME creates the ultimate “you are there” experience with the largest film screen in Virginia wrapped around you. The Museum also features visiting exhibitions, educational programming, overnight adventures, lectures, demonstrations, and summer camps. The Museum receives guidance and generous support from community leaders and organizations. The Museum’s Board of Trustees is appointed by the Governor and provides oversight and policy guidance. The Science Museum of Virginia Foundation raises funds to support the mission, operations and capital needs of the museum. The Museum is also the parent organization for the Danville Science Center, the Virginia Aviation Museum and the Rice House.The Science Museum of Virginia is located in Richmond's Museum District, in historic Broad Street Station designed by renowned architect John Russell Pope, at 2500 West Broad Street.
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Great for kids!

Very nice museum, although it's mostly geared towards kids and hands on science. I would recommend this place for kids, but not for older adults.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Mobile, Alabama
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

My 5 year old loves this museum! We have spent hours on the bottom floor playing all the health and fitness games. A great time for all ages!

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ScienceMuseumVA, Manager at Science Museum of Virginia, responded to this review

We're so glad you enjoyed Boost! Our favorite is Reaction Time...still trying to make it past 30! We hope to see you again soon. Don't forget to visit our Data Lounge to see how you stack up against other Richmond guests! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Very nice museum, although it's mostly geared towards kids and hands on science. I would recommend this place for kids, but not for older adults.

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ScienceMuseumVA, Manager at Science Museum of Virginia, responded to this review

Thank you so much for visiting! While some of our exhibitions are geared toward a younger audience, we definitely recommend that you come hang out with us the third Friday of each month for Science After Dark! We have awesome science activities, a special all-live astronomy presentation in The Dome and we show a classic film at 8 pm (this... More 

Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

I am impressed with this attraction. It has something for everyone. I definitely recommend it during the holidays. Although it is a popular spot, they ususally put on a great show for kids of all ages.

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ScienceMuseumVA, Manager at Science Museum of Virginia, responded to this review

We're so glad you enjoyed your visit! Our daily Live Science Programs are always changing - we hope to see you again soon to enjoy more fun experiments! More 

Richmond, Virginia, United States
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6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Took my 6 year old here for a mommy/daughter day and she had a blast. There is so much to do here that we couldn't see it all in one day. It appears there are a few areas that are currently under construction but besides that we had a good time. There were activities for children of all ages. Check... More 

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ScienceMuseumVA, Manager at Science Museum of Virginia, responded to this review

Hi, Anika! We're so glad you both had a great visit! That area under construction now is transforming into a new gallery experience - Speed - that will wow you in early 2016! We look forward to seeing you again soon! More 

Alexandria, Virginia
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Beautiful architecture in this former train station turned museum. The Imax theatre never disappoints. Great rainy day destination.

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ScienceMuseumVA, Manager at Science Museum of Virginia, responded to this review

Hi, Beth! We're so glad you got to spend your rainy day at the Science Museum of Virginia! Our Dome Theater features presentations on the most technologically advanced digital dome in the world and has been upgraded with a new state of the art NanoSeam™ screen with projectors capable of high definition ten times the power of your home theater... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Kind of expensive. Many of the hands on exhibits were broken. Maybe they have been fixed by now. Good way to spend a cold rainy day with children.

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ScienceMuseumVA, Manager at Science Museum of Virginia, responded to this review

We're so glad you chose to visit us - we have a lot to offer and the rain never keeps us down. We hope you return soon! More 

Nellysford, VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

The adventure began with seeing the history of how the train station became a museum. We especially liked the hall near the dome where we could measure our bench press ability, heart rate, temperature, distance of jumping, ability to walk a tightrope, etc. Then we went to the Violent Universe presentation. The theater has a surrounding dome on which the... More 

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ScienceMuseumVA, Manager at Science Museum of Virginia, responded to this review

Hi, George! It sounds like you had a blast during your visit - we're so glad you chose to check us out for a fun day! Violent Universe is one of our favorite Cosmic Expeditions in The Dome. Make sure to come check out future showings of some of our other astronomy shows so our astronomer can show you some... More 

Princeton, West Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

We had two adults and a teen. All of us had a blast! The interactive exhibits were really fun. And admission is very affordable. They have rotating exhibits so it never really gets old. This kind of hands on learning is so great for kids and also entertaining for adults and young adults.

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ScienceMuseumVA, Manager at Science Museum of Virginia, responded to this review

Hi, Andrea! Thank you for visiting! Be sure to head back for the summer so you can see Bikes: Science on Two Wheels before the big race in September! There are a few bike models in that exhibition that are sure to make you laugh - and maybe shock you! We hope to see you again soon! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

I stumbled across this museum whilst walking around Richmond. After entering I realised that this museum was aimed at children. It appeared that the children there were having lots of fun with the many hands on activities, but most of the adults were looking bored. In summary; great for kids, not so great for adults (unless they join in with... More 

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ScienceMuseumVA, Manager at Science Museum of Virginia, responded to this review

Thank you so much for dropping by! While some of our experiences are geared towards children, we definitely recommend checking out Boost! during your next visit - there are 25 interactive challenges that will challenge everyone, no matter the age. From walking a tightrope, testing your memory and reaction time and challenging others to a bench press competition, Boost! has... More 

Virginia Beach, Virginia
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

While visiting Richmond, I took my three granddaughters (8, 10, and 12) to the Science Museum. Although it was a Sunday afternoon, and one of the labs was closed, they loved the rest! Seeing the rats play basketball is worth the price of admission. Amazing - and the instructor gave so much information. The staff was very attentive, and even... More 

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ScienceMuseumVA, Manager at Science Museum of Virginia, responded to this review

We're so glad you enjoyed rat basketball! The team is always recruiting new players, so be sure to check out the next game to see how our newest additions rock the court against our veteran Hall-of-Famers. We hope to see you again soon! More 

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Address: Address: 2500 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220
Phone Number: 804 864 1400
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Richmond
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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