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Virginia Discovery Museum

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Above average children's museum...had a good visit.

A great place to take your kids to burn off some energy while visiting the downtown mall. They have... read more

Reviewed April 17, 2018
Roanoke, Virginia
Great fun for younger kids

Downtown location that requires parking in the market Street parking garage. You get your parking... read more

Reviewed September 6, 2017
David C
Blue Ridge, Georgia
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524 E Main St, Downtown, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5336
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is great for young children. My 2 year old has a blast every time we go. It’s a bit expensive to a one time visit but they do either 3 month or 1 year memberships that are well worth it if you’re a...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Derek R
Reviewed November 13, 2018

We read the reviews prior but decided to come anyway and we were very pleasantly surprised! Although this children’s museum isn’t large, it has a lot for children to play with! The museum starts with an air tube wall that children put scarves and Pom...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 9, 2018

Brought my 7 year old granddaughter and 2 and 4 year old niece's children because I wanted to get a picture in front of the cabin (we're all descendents of the Showalters). The 7 year old loved the cafe and bank, the 4 year old...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Suzanne F
Reviewed July 23, 2018

We took our granddaughter here recently. She is almost 4 years old and really enjoyed wandering around and engaging herself in many of the activities there. Not cheap: $8 per person, children and adults. Larger than it looks. Various rooms with different adventures. All on...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed April 17, 2018

A great place to take your kids to burn off some energy while visiting the downtown mall. They have several different areas set up with various activities for most ages from 8 and below. I think it's more set up for the toddlers to young...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed January 19, 2018 via mobile

Crowded but fun. Kids were 6 & 7 and enjoyed themselves. Great log cabin, giant light brite, the room in the back was less crowded. Lots of parent sitting around talking to other parents while the kids played. We bought a 3 month membership as...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed December 28, 2017 via mobile

We went yesterday afternoon with parents, grandmother, and 4 1/2 and 1 yr old. It was busy as you would imagine at this time of year. The front two rooms have lots of things for younger children. Even our little one toddled around and everyone...More

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank HappyTrailsNV
Reviewed December 27, 2017

My toddler LOVES going to the Discovery Museum. If we are downtown and try to pass it by, he goes and knocks on the door to let us know we should stop! My mother takes them there weekly after having bought a family membership. Inside...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank RRP_Cville
Reviewed October 11, 2017

We went here for a quick visit with our 3 and 5 year old, great place to let them run around! If you buy a membership, it is good for a year, and also gives you half off tickets at other partnering museums around the...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank ccbowen
Reviewed September 6, 2017 via mobile

Downtown location that requires parking in the market Street parking garage. You get your parking validated so it's free. It's 1 floor of different stations. They have a reading room, art, music, engineering, sound, construction, health and many other stations. They can dress up like...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank David C
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November 3, 2017|
Response from David C | Reviewed this property |
At almost 10 your child would be bored in about 30 minutes. There is some cool science related stuff that's interesting but I would agree that 5-7 is the ideal age for this type of exploration.
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Day 3 – One of the main reasons for staying in Charlottesville was to see Monticello. I love history, particularly early U.S. history, so this has been on my bucket list for a while. We drove to Monticello early and arrived soon after it opened. Our group was able to get tickets to a tour that was to start almost immediately, so we hurriedly got in line at the visitor center and rode the shuttle to the house. Since it was early, we were part of a small tour group and it seemed to be a more...More