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Virginia Discovery Museum

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Address: 524 E. Main St., Downtown, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone Number: 434/977-1025
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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My 1 year old loves this place

We got a membership for the discovery museum and go here once a week. My 13 months old baby boy loves to play there :) we will usually spend 1-2 hours there. Our favorite is a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Adele A
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Crozet, Virginia
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Crozet, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We got a membership for the discovery museum and go here once a week. My 13 months old baby boy loves to play there :) we will usually spend 1-2 hours there. Our favorite is a baby room and music room in the back. It gets crowded later in the afternoon, so we usually go in the morning.

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Thank Adele A
Atlanta, Georgia
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

The Discovery Museum updates its interactive stations every couple of years or so, which makes resident membership a good bargain.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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23 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

It's overpriced and small but toddlers seem to love it! If you can afford it and have a toddler you should buy a year's pass. They charge adults as well which is ridiculous b/c you really do nothing except watch your toddler play and try to engage them in the learning activities the museum provides. It's WAY overpriced! But if... More 

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Mount Vernon, Illinois
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016

My wife and I took our two 9 year old granddaughters, and were very impressed by the facility. We learned a lot, especially about the African presentation, early American areas and native American presentation. The staff was extremely friendly, courteous, and informative.

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Thank Kevin5273
Rapidan, Virginia
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46 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016

This children's museum has many exciting facets and even a room set aside for those under 3. There is a space to play architect, one to play cabin pioneer and a "little city" that includes items and costumes to play fireman, postman, vegetable market or baker and bakery (complete with cash register and play money). You can get your ticket... More 

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Thank Gail M
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2016

The one in Richmond is so nice, but we had to take a day trip to C-Ville, so thought we'd stop here with our granddaughters to make the day more interesting for them. It is much to expensive for what it is, however; and what it is, is disappointing! Very small, not really much for the kids to do there... More 

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Williamsburg,
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2016 via mobile

What a cool way to spends a few on a Saturday afternoon. We enjoyed our toddler playing in the different areas. Each activity held our attention for ten to fifteen minutes. My little one played and explored each station. Everyone else that was there was doing the same thing we where. Enjoying their kid/kids exploring and having fun.

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Thank J5808XIshannons
Staunton, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

Too small for past big city boy. Good place to take lttle ones for a bit of time. In a fav place in cville eat at fusion .

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

Whenever the grandchildren need to be entertained, this is where we go. The Discovery Museum isn't fancy, but there is a real log cabin, a working bee hive, some costumes, an art space, and some exhibits in the back that change on a regular basis. We've taken our two-year-old granddaughter and everyone else up to about age eight. Additional virtues:... More 

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Akron, Ohio
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

We enjoyed everything about this museum... (except parking). Our boys, ages 2 and 4, had a blast starting the very moment we walked through the front door. Every exhibit is hands-on and well designed to capture a child's attention and spark their imagination. Each display area seamlessly flows into the next. While not as big as other Children's Museums we've... More 

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