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Children's Museum of Virginia

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Address: 221 High St, Portsmouth, VA 23704-3704
Phone Number: +1 757-393-5258
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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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We went on a Sunday so it was not busy. The attractions were great for a 3 1/2 year old, they even had a nursing room and family bathrooms which made it nice for our 5 month old... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Bryan B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went on a Sunday so it was not busy. The attractions were great for a 3 1/2 year old, they even had a nursing room and family bathrooms which made it nice for our 5 month old. Best thing of all, Teachers get a discount.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I think it's great too as spilt up the time into 5 mins chucks and alternate between which kid gets to choose. There are a lot of different rooms there so the kids do not get bored (or I). My only two gripes are that their is too much space given to the model railway and some of the rooms... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016 via mobile

This place it the perfect place for young children especially if they have a lot of energy. It's nice not to have to worry about them touching everything. This is my son's favorite place to go!

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016 via mobile

We chose to visit based on trip advisor, and the fact that we were looking for family fun. Like most places in the area,they do offer a military discount. This is a 2 level museum. There are lots of neat exhibits, and they are all interactive. As I stated, this is best for elementary aged and younger children. I feel... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016

Visited the Portsmouth Children's museum when they had reciprocity if you had a Norfolk Zoo membership so it was a great deal. Took my 3 yo (almost 4) granddaughter. So much to do on all levels. For example, she may not understand magnetism but the activities were lots of fun. Her favorites are the grocery store, the tug boat, and... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

This place is fantastic. We took our 1 1/2 year old and there was plenty for her to do at her young age. Place seems clean and it wasn't overly crowded. In September Zoo members get in free!

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

We have been to many children's museums nationwide and this one has to rank in the top 5. Many of the attractions are typical, such as the city street with a pretend bank, grocery store, etc, as well as the science section, but they also have a fabulous train layout, a section on saving energy in the home, about the... More 

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Shannon, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

Such a fun experience for children of all ages. Many great educational opportunities while having fun.

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Thank millie4517
Chesapeake, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

This is a decent entertainment for a family, but I believe the price is too high. The kids will enjoy every minute.

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Thank Jonathan H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016 via mobile

Staff is nice. They also have an affordable gift store. Lot's of things to do. Would have been nice if it had been more interactive and less based on just imagination.But the interactive stuff they did have was great....especially the bubble room. They also have a "make and take" art room. They give used book to every kid that comes... More 

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