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Science Museum of Virginia

2500 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220
804 864 1400
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Ranked #29 of 100 attractions in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums
Owner description: “We’re not your dad’s Science Museum!” says Science Museum of Virginia Director/CWO (that’s Chief Wonder Officer) Richard Conti. “Our newly... more » Owner description: “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. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We spent more time than we expected. My kids loved all the different exhibits, especially the different labs. The movie about the great white shark was good and who doesn't love an IMAX movie? The volunteers were really engaging and positive with my kids. The Boost exhibit was fun and competitive for all of us. I bought tickets for the... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

My daughter and I visited the Science Museum of Virginia today and had a wonderful time. We enjoyed the "Boost" and the "How to Make a Monster" exhibits. I particularly enjoyed the full dome movie about the Google Lunar X-Prize and really enjoyed the live planetarium show afterward. The presenter did a great job with the live projection system, showed... More

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Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States
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5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

My 4 children (18, 16, 14, 11) and I spent several hours in the museum. Parts of it were crowded due to groups of children (camps, summer school, daycare groups), but we just went to different areas. There was a lot to look at and it is very hands on. We were not able to visit the entire museum during... More

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Asheboro, North Carolina
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This museum was great! There is a live animal lab where the kids with our group were able to pet a snake, a make a monster exhibit, the Dome movie theater where we watched a movie on the space race and the night sky over Richmond and lots of other space and earth science exhibits to play on and in.... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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18 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We have went to many a science museum in our time as my wife is a science teacher. This was by far the most disappointing. Poorly staffed and many of the exhibits broken. Not a place I would recommend going to. On the plus side the building itself is beautiful

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Arlington, Virginia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

iMax movie of solar weather was very cool; nice talk afterwards. Don't miss the RAT BASKETBALL! One of the funniest, quirkiest and best events that I've been to. Overall the museum does an excellent job of teaching while also making it fun (not boxes of displays -- everything can be interacted with and even as a "46 year old kid"... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

We went for dinosaur exhibition and were so dissapointed! There were 1 dino, 1 dino`s skull, model of dino head and 4 bones, of course, everything was not real, just plastic copies. I give 2 points, because other things were fun in museum. For dinos- 0\5.

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Stafford, Virginia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Dinosaur exhibit had only one skeleton on display and I don’t think it was real. A complete disappointment and not worth the $11.00 entrance fee. You’d be better off taking your child to see a movie. We will never come back!!

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Richmond, Virginia
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48 reviews 48 reviews
16 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Thats right, this place wants to charge you $11.00 just to walk in the door. Not worth it at all. I understand perhaps charging people this much if their out of state visitors. I'm a virginia state resident and pay virginia taxes that help to fund this museum. The least they could do is allow virginia residents to receive a... More

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Herndon, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

We went here with our five grandchildren and their parents. Only our grandaughter had been here before, on a school field trip. The museum was amazing, with so many wonderful interactive exhibits, all in perfect, and uncrowded, working order. It was fun for everyone, and we range in age from one years old to 68! We spent almost five hours... More

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