Small cities tend to be great places to live, but they focus on family, friends, and the out-of-doors. Roanoke has several museums in the heart of the city convenient to one another and to the Market Square. The Science Museum has a diverse collection, both permanent and traveling. The butterfly collection is small, but very unusual, and you are in among the butterflies. There is no glass between you and the butterflies and please watch your feet, because many of the butterflies are ON THE FLOOR.
We saw a traveling show of King Tut replicas which were a lot less dusty than the originals in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, but, then again, not many American have gone to Cairo and seen the "dump" that is the Cairo museum. Although the exhibit is replicas, there are very good explanatory plaques with every piece in the exhibit.
The kids exhibits are classic, hands on stuff involving the human body, musical instruments, electricity, and bunches of animals (fish, turtles, and jellyfish). Have you ever petted a horseshoe crab? Well then, this is your chance!!!!
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