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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 used to take my kids here when they were younger but honestly its just as much for adults. I've always enjoyed it and the IMAX is awesome.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 4, 2015
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Warsaw, Virginia
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Our visit to the SMV was a real merit. Though we felt we could spend all our day, yet the five hours we rewarded at the end as enthusiast members of the astronomy society showed us the moon, a great compliment after learning much over our galaxy in the Dom. We will take so much back home with us from... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

It takes a lot for me to enjoy science and this museum gets me excited every time. Lots of room to explore and jumpstart critical thinking. They host great events and of course you have to see something in the IMAX theater. My little brother thought we had actually been transported to the place it was so real to him.

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Chesterfield, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Don't overlook this Richmond, Virginia museum. It has enough interesting artifacts and scientific displays to satisfy even the most demanding of sightseer eye's and ears. There is a variety of pleasurable sights and sounds including an IMAX theatre that periodically attracts not only school children, but parents and grandparents alike. This museum will satisfy our curiosity and the kid in... More 

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Warsaw, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

I used to take my kids here when they were younger but honestly its just as much for adults. I've always enjoyed it and the IMAX is awesome.

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Smithfield, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

My family loves museums and we love learning. The Science museum of Virginia was just OK. It was a bit dated and too many of the exhibits were not working. It would have been great for 1992, but not great for 2015. We did very much enjoy the Dome Theater. I wish I had known about the exhibits before I... More 

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

Thank you so much for visiting the Science Museum of Virginia! As a new member, you get free access to our Museum exhibitions - that includes our newest permanent exhibition which will be debuting in 2016 called Speed! While that single exhibit gallery is under construction at the moment, I definitely recommend visiting Boost!, our new Art Lab and seeing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

The four of us (mom, dad, 9-year old and 6-year old) played for five hours, and still ran out of time. Wholly interactive, imaginative displays enhanced with hands-on activities, gorgeous presentations, and diverse subjects. Loved the educational aspect built into the fun, in every display. Many art projects to reinforce the science. Truly a science museum in the best accessible... More 

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

Hi, Daphne! Thank you so much for visiting the Science Museum of Virginia! With three floors of interactive exhibitions, a 76-foot Dome Theater and daily live science presentations it's no wonder you need an extra day to tackle it all! We can't wait to see you for round two! More 

Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Whether visiting one of the fascinating IMAX presentations or touring the entire exhibit, the interactive presentations are great fun for grown-ups as well!

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

We're so glad you enjoyed your visit! What you saw in The Dome is actually our upgraded Digistar 5 system with a state of the art NanoSeam™ screen and projectors capable of high definition ten times the power of your home theater system! It's a one of a kind experience and we're so happy you had the chance to see... More 

Plant City
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

One of the charming things about this museum is that its housed in an old train station. The staff are exceptionally friendly and because I was there with my son, who is active duty, our admission was free. There are several exhibits and the hands on activities are fun and engaging. We took in a movie at "The Dome" and... More 

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

Thank you for visiting! We are a part of the summer long Blue Star Museums launch, where active-military and their families receive free admission to our exhibitions, so definitely be sure to return before Labor Day! We're so glad you were able to see one of our Dome Features and interact with our stellar science conductors and gallery educators. We... More 

Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

We purchased the membership with the idea that we can make more frequent, shorter trips than our initial six hour visit. The kids still love this place and spend much more time here than we expect to. The cafe, The Periodic Table, serves decent food for the kids. I've only purchased the black bean soup for myself, which is really... More 

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

Thank you for supporting the Science Museum of Virginia by purchasing a membership! We totally understand how easily you can spend the day here - we do it all the time! :) We look forward to seeing you again soon! Next time you hit our Periodic Table, we definitely recommend trying one of our tasty chef salads or barbecue sandwiches! More 

Mobile, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 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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