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“A pleasant surprise in small city America” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Science Museum of Western Virginia & Hopkins Planetarium

Science Museum of Western Virginia & Hopkins Planetarium
One Market Square SE, 4th Floor, Roanoke, VA 24011
+1 540-342-5710
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Ranked #9 of 20 Attractions in Roanoke
Type: Science Museums, Observatories/ Planetariums, Museums
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Owner description: Fun for the whole family, the Science Museum of Western Virginia features a tropical butterfly garden filled with butterflies from around the world; fun and interactive exhibits exploring Healthy Bodies, Healthy Earth and How It Works; live animals and the popular "FROGS"; the Living River & Touch Tank; and amazing traveling exhibits such as "TUTANKHAMUN: Wonderful Things From The Pharaoh's Tomb," running June 14-Dec. 31, 2014.
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“A pleasant surprise in small city America”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

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!!!!

Visited November 2014
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Floyd, Virginia
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“lovely”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

They have recently revamped within the last couple of years and it was a delight for a small local science museum. Very well rounded and a new butterfly exhibit.

Visited July 2014
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SciMuseumWesternVa, Public Relations Manager at Science Museum of Western Virginia & Hopkins Planetarium, responded to this review, October 28, 2014
Thank you so much for the kind words. We're delighted you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon!
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Hiram, Georgia
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“Unexpected surprise...great for kids”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

While traveling through and in the downtown area, we were walking and found this museum with our three kids. We rolled the dice and paid for admission not knowing what to expect and we were glad we did. It will take you about 2.5 - 3hrs to explore everything with the kids an really see the exhibits. The variety is great (from hands-on physics to ancient egypt to the human body). The kids were never bored and they enjoyed the live butterfly garden the most because you were allowed to walk into a greenhouse room and be surrounded by hundreds of butterfly's that land on your nose and shoulders!

We found this to be a really pleasant afternoon together.

Visited September 2014
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SciMuseumWesternVa, Public Relations Manager at Science Museum of Western Virginia & Hopkins Planetarium, responded to this review, September 21, 2014
Many thanks for taking the time to post a review of the Science Museum of Western. We're delighted that you enjoyed your visit and hope you'll come again soon!
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Hillsboro, Kentucky, United States
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“Science 2014”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Wonderful museum with so many different areas to explore! Lots of hands on activities for kids. A "must" see for any one interested in science and history.

Visited September 2014
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Roanoke, Virginia
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“worth every dollar”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

we went with our two young children. They had a great time with all the interactive things to do. It was fun and educational for everyone of us. They could have spent most of the day there. The best value is to become a member. If you are close enough and can go at least 2 time in a year it is well worth it. We also went to the butterfly garden as well but it is more suited for older children than ours.

Visited August 2014
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