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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
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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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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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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 14, 2015
Heather F
Indiana, Pennsylvania
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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
14 helpful votes 14 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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74 reviews 74 reviews
8 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
5 reviews 5 reviews
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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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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120 reviews 120 reviews
34 attraction reviews
147 helpful votes 147 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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410 reviews 410 reviews
114 attraction reviews
342 helpful votes 342 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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