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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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Really great place!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2015
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Princeton, West Virginia
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Nellysford, VA
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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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Princeton, West Virginia
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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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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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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 attraction reviews
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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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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

A group of us visited the Museum to check it out. Some of the exhibits very totally fascinating (even for adults); most were geared to children. It would be a great place to spend several hours with children of all ages to get them interested in scientific matters of all varieties.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Visited the museum on a Sunday PM, expecting great things.This facility has an identity problem. The museum is housed in a magnificent early 20th century stone railroad terminal, and it is so large that it struggles to find enough exhibits to fill the spaces. Large-scale models of the old RF&P locomotives are sequestered in a side hall, and the museum... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We visited the museum during spring break with friends, and our kids ranged in age from 7-12 (or should I say 45 including the parents). Everyone had fun! The interactive exhibits on the 1st floor had everyone exploring for at least an hour. They were so engaged, they all even "bellied up" to the cooking lab bar and watched a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

My kids really enjoyed this place we had a lot of fun. The wicked plant's exhibit is a little much for my daughter though.

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

Hi, James! We're so glad you and your family had a wonderful visit! While our newest traveling exhibition Wicked Plants is best for ages 10 and up, we hope your daughter had fun learning about some of Virginia's plants and how they play a role in our biochemical, physical and neurological processes. We hope to see you again soon! More 

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

Hi, Mrs. Andersen! We're so glad you visited the Science Museum of Virginia! We find our guests can truly spend an entire day exploring our three floors of interactive exhibits - and come back again and again. We hope you're seeing some great improvement on your Boost! myCHIP stats! More 

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

Hi, Christine! We love the ambiance in our newest traveling exhibit Wicked Plants! This macabre setting really adds to the unique perspective this exhibit shows of some of the world's deadliest (and most fascinating) plants. We're glad you were able to explore our Shop4Science and are so happy you had a memorable family adventure! We look forward to seeing you... More 

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