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Address: 524 E Main St, Downtown, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5336
Phone Number: +1 434-977-1025
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Kids have a Blast!

My kids enjoy going here and seeing what is going on. The interactive pieces are easy for them to use and they enjoy learning about whatever is the topic that month. The last... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 28, 2016
Valorie E
Charlottesville, Virginia
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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24 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

My kids enjoy going here and seeing what is going on. The interactive pieces are easy for them to use and they enjoy learning about whatever is the topic that month. The last time I went there was an exhibit about bees that was very interesting! My daughter also enjoys being able to do artwork about what she has learned.... More 

1 Thank Valorie E
Charlottesville, Virginia
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433 reviews
107 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016

Lots of things for small kids to do and experience. For locals you can get a membership, or if visiting a one day admission. Good for a rainy day activity.

Thank samtrip12345
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11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

Fun, educational, lots to explore and do. My kids love this place. We got a season pass and went often. If you are only in town for a short visit, and you have small kids, this is a great destination for families.

Thank Mary M
Crozet, Virginia
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2016

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.

Thank Adele A
Atlanta, Georgia
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28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2016

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

2 Thank GrandParentsGo
Charlottesville, Virginia
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23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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 

1 Thank SharonWFix
Mount Vernon, Illinois
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank Kevin5273
Rapidan, Virginia
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46 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank Gail M
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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80 reviews
22 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles 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 

1 Thank Anita L
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank J5808XIshannons

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