We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Science Museum of Virginia

2500 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220
804 864 1400
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #29 of 102 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
Write a Review

135 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    66
    37
    21
    7
    4
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Charlotte, NC
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This is a science activity center featuring hands - on exhibits and activities for children. That is nice and useful to have around. It is like a smaller version of Discovery Place in Charlotte. However, people grow out of those sorts of activities, and this place doesn't really have as much for teen and adult visitors. Look to Raleigh for... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Raleigh, North Carolina
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
25 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

As far as I'm concerned, this is not an appropriate documentary for kids. The music is aggressive as were many of the action shots in the film. My 8 year old nephew and I elected to see the film because we both enjoy looking for shark's teeth and in particular Meg shark teeth. I was bored by the same close-up... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
18 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Don't miss these exhibits: Rats playing basketball, Boost (healthy lifestyle activities) on lower level, and human body exhibits on second floor. Free parking with admission, check your reciprocal memberships for free admission.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

The Science Museum of Virginia is a very nice and quaint building, yet they have exquisite exhibits. They are unique and very educational.

Was this review helpful? Yes
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Richmond, Virginia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Asheboro, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
ScienceMuseumVA, Public Relations Manager at Science Museum of Virginia, responded to this review

Thank you for taking a moment to send us your comments - we are thrilled that you had such a great visit! More

Glasgow, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Arlington, Virginia
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
12 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 2

Travelers who viewed Science Museum of Virginia also viewed

 

Been to Science Museum of Virginia? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Science Museum of Virginia, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing