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Science Museum of Virginia

Address: 2500 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220
Phone Number: 804 864 1400
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Ranked #22 of 82 Attractions in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums, Museums
Owner description: “We’re not your dad’s Science Museum!” says Science Museum of Virginia Director/CWO (that’s Chief...
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Type: Science Museums, Museums
Sun 11:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I went for the train show again this year. Tremendous displays and folks willing to talk about their layouts. My grandson(s) go with me each year and (no matter how old they get) always enjoy it. The regular museum displays are educational and well done.

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Madison Heights, Virginia
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34 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

We went for the railroad exhibit and one of the IMAX movies. We have been members for years, and there is nothing we don't like about this museum. Also, when we were in Hawaii a couple of summers ago, our membership card for SMV earned us free admission to a very expensive Honolulu museum. We have also presented it for... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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352 reviews 352 reviews
99 attraction reviews
310 helpful votes 310 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Lots of entertainment for kids and many that adults would enjoy also, some of them are quite challenging. I loved the "music station" part , I actually enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Since its been years since I last was there. Though I have always liked this Building, I don't usually find its exhibits very interesting. But... More 

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Staunton, Virginia
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

And yet there was not a shortage of interesting science facts that kept their interest. The staff were very helpful, the building neat and clean( some repairs needed) they handled our group well. Overall a nice day

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Mount Holly, New Jersey
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66 reviews 66 reviews
30 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

This science museum is in Richmond, Virginia. It is not as big as some other museums, but has enough to keep kids busy for 2 hours or so. I go to many science museums and Id say this one does not have as much as others in big cities such as Boston or Philly, but if you are passing through,... More 

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Chester, Virginia
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89 reviews 89 reviews
21 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Guaranteed entertainment, lots of fun things to do and see, hands on exhibits for kids of all ages, you could spend the whole day here and the word boring would not be heard. There are also many special exhibits that occur during certain times of the year. Good fun for all

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Sauk City, Wisconsin, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I have 7yr old and 8yr old sons who both had so much fun. We spent 5 hours there and my boys were not ready to leave. The staff was great. The boys loved the rats playing basketball, and the earth on it axis presentations.

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155 reviews 155 reviews
42 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Took my 11 y.o. son and we spent all day there. I expected a larger crowd but was pleasantly surprised that it was not bad at all. We really enjoyed the puzzle area, it is quite challenging. Overall this place is very clean, and all of the staff, including the young volunteers are very nice. We also liked looking at... More 

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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235 reviews 235 reviews
126 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We visited this museum for the first time this weekend. We planned on visiting for a few hours, but with so much to do (including Live Science programs....a show on air pressure, a behavior modification demonstration featuring rats "playing basketball", and a cow eyeball dissection; an Imax movie; and exhibits galore) we wound up staying from open to close. As... More 

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Yorktown, Virginia
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77 reviews 77 reviews
25 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We spent the afternoon with our 5 and 6 year old girls and had a blast. Some of the exhibits were typical, but there were also some new surprises. We almost missed the basement level which was a real treat. We could have spent a couple hours down there alone!

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