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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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I went to this museum with family and as a couple. I love this extremely interactive museum. You really need a whole day to explore the whole thing. It is never too busy. I have a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 15, 2015
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Richmond, Virginia
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Richmond, Virginia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

I went to this museum with family and as a couple. I love this extremely interactive museum. You really need a whole day to explore the whole thing. It is never too busy. I have a personal microchip card to check my progress every time I come back. I went to a great cooking demonstration that teaches about healthy eating.... More 

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

My daughter and I went to see the Wicked Plants exhibit because we are both avid gardeners. We were not disappointed. Even my husband who is a history buff enjoyed it. Fans of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children should also get a kick out of this exhibit because there are many pictures of peculiar children and just plain weird stuff. My... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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370 reviews 370 reviews
135 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Full of interactive exhibits, this museum will keep you entertained for hours, fascinating exhibits. Gift shop.

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Indiana, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

My husband and I had a fun time exploring all the interactive exhibits. The exhibit on "wicked plants" was interesting and informative. Overall the content was average but the interactive aspects were what made the museum.

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Wilkesboro, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

This museum is housed in an old train station! The place is wonderful, wide and high rooms they even have trains to walk thru. The have so many different exhibits that there is sure to be one that everyone in your group will love and its all ikntereactive. I visited while the "Wicked Plants" exhibit was there and loved it.... More 

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

If you're looking to kill a few hours with the family it's not bad. Was hoping for more interactive things.

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So. Windsor, CT
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

This large museum, housed in a former railroad station, offers a fascinating array of exhibits, informal lectures and movies. It’s a hands-on place, extremely child-friendly. While not an aquarium or zoo, it does have a limited display of live fish, amphibians, reptiles and insects (including a 4-inch cockroach for those who like such things). Our favorite attractions: an exhibition of... More 

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Dumfries, Virginia, USA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The exhibits were a bit mature for my 3 and 5 year-old, but would be great for those over 8. The planetarium was well worth the money. Great show. The Periodic Table Cafe is a limited, what-they-can-make-in-the-microwave type of place. Okay for the place, but nothing fancy.

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Upper Midwest
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76 reviews 76 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We spent an afternoon at the museum, which is located within and around the old train station. Lots of history, lots to do. Very hands on and largely targeted to younger kids.

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Yorktown, Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

The old train station is lovely, but the exhibits are old and boring. They did not hold the attention of my children or us adults. I wished there were more information on the station itself. I won't go back or recommend

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