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Science Museum of Western Virginia & Hopkins Planetarium

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Address: One Market Square SE, 4th Floor, Roanoke, VA 24011
Phone Number: +1 540-342-5710
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Fun for the whole family, the Science Museum of Western Virginia features a...

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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Nice museum

Not a very big museum but was interesting. Didn't take long to see everything. It is located in a building with a number of other museums.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 11, 2016
richardderose
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Burleson, Texas
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love thing the kids here as there are always new adventures for the and lots of hands on learning. A must go if you have children even if you don't, you'll enjoy time spent here.

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Smith Mountain Lake, VA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Last week I spent $45 to take my two granddaughters to the Science Museum for a few hours on a weekday afternoon. What we found was an old, tired out set of untended exhibits. After paying extra to go into the Butterfly Garden, we found a total of about 10 butterflies, feeding dishes full of old bananas and ants and... More 

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Burleson, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

Not a very big museum but was interesting. Didn't take long to see everything. It is located in a building with a number of other museums.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

The butterfly house is not as big as some I have visited, but it is still nice. Touch tanks are great. There is an areathat has many old arcade games that you can actually play for free. Lots of fun for my daughter and my friend's son who had never seen arcade games like these.

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Rocky Mount, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

Relatively speaking, it cost a bit but we stayed forever, so it was worth it. Tons of stuff to look at and do. The touch tank was a big hit, we were there a long time. And the volunteer working it was so kind and patient, answered endless questions about the animals, why they did what they did, everything.

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Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016

They ship in chrysalises from South America. Because they are not allowed to have the appropriate host plants, there is NO WAY for the butterflies to reproduce. They only live a few days or a few weeks, so they just keep importing more butterflies. It's just senseless consumption of these beautiful butterflies. Really a horrible concept. They are damaging the... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016

Because of the layout, this is appealing to all ages. The little ones can see things they find interesting and then the adults can as well.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016 via mobile

My boyfriend and I are a couple in our 20's and while we were visiting Roanoke, I begged him to accompany me to the science museum. I've been coming here since I was a small child and I wanted to see the new remodeling. It was kind of a disappointment. Perhaps it's nostalgia talking but I preferred the old exhibits... More 

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Thank megcarri
Wash DC
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016

Call me arrogant or spoiled but I go to the Smithsonian regularly for which there is no charge. This Roanoke multi-floor museum is nice but is likely about 1% the floor space of the Smithsonian and there is an admission fee to the best exhibits which pretty much precludes poor folks from visiting. I found this very discriminatory and so... More 

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Rocky Mount, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

Kids will enjoy the science museum, get bored with the butterfly garden (which adults will like, but is really quite small), enjoy the hands-on exhibits, and older kids will adore the pinball museum (worth the extra bucks). This is kind of expensive, but you can spend the whole day, so it ends up being worth it. DON'T FORGET to go... More 

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