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Science Museum of Virginia

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Address: 2500 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220-2057
Phone Number: 18048641400
11:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 11:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

"We're not your dad's Science Museum!" says Science Museum of...

"We're not your dad's Science Museum!" says Science Museum of Virginia Director/CWO (that's Chief Wonder Officer) Richard Conti. "Our newly re-imagined Museum is a place that is relevant to your life and fun!"Our mission: Inspiring Virginians to enrich their lives through science.Our Story: Since its founding by the Virginia General Assembly in 1970, the Science Museum of Virginia has become the premier center for hands-on science education in Virginia. The Museum has permanent exhibitions on health, energy and natural science and includes hundreds of interactive exhibits, fascinating artifacts, live animals, a theater company and cutting edge technology. The 76-foot Dome Theater creates the ultimate "you are there" experience with the largest film screen in Virginia wrapped around you. The Museum also features visiting exhibitions, educational programming, overnight adventures, lectures, demonstrations and summer camps. The Museum receives guidance and generous support from community leaders and organizations. The Museum's Board of Trustees is appointed by the Governor and provides oversight and policy guidance. The Science Museum of Virginia Foundation raises funds to support the mission, operations and capital needs of the museum. The Museum is also the parent organization for the Danville Science Center. The Science Museum of Virginia is located in Richmond's Museum District, in historic Broad Street Station designed by renowned architect John Russell Pope, at 2500 West Broad Street.

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Grandkids wanted to return the next day!

We took our granddaughters, aged 8 and 9, who were visiting from out of town. Both have been to similar museums in other cities, but Richmond held its own! They had such a great... read more

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We took our granddaughters, aged 8 and 9, who were visiting from out of town. Both have been to similar museums in other cities, but Richmond held its own! They had such a great time they wanted to return the next day. The dome movie on national parks was impressive and beautiful, and they enjoyed the Speed exhibit with its... More 

Thank venicemonkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My son loves the exhibits and we never seem to plan enough time for him to do everything! The staff is knowledgeable and engage the children very well.

Thank Amanda J
Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The exhibits are very well done and maintained while providing a lot of interactive fun! The former train station is a perfect location with tons of room and offers a great piece of history. Get the tickets for one of the Dome Theater shows, it is worth it. It is just as good as an Imax theater...

Thank HungryViking2016
Wilmington, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went for a class assignment, to see the Dome movies. That was well done and we stuck around after to see the other exhibits. The Speed exhibit was great but crowded. The other exhibits were well done but I wished that there were more things to see. There was a small exhibit of live animals too, the best being... More 

Thank MichelleM3065
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Speed Exhibit at the Science Museum of Virginia is terrific. It is great for kids. You can play air hockey against a robot, feel hurricane winds, test how fast you can throw a baseball, and see how fast can you run. There are interesting demonstrations of the speed of light. Bring the kids or grandkids and have fun. Many... More 

Thank James M
Williamsburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took our kids here, age 6 and 9. Both enjoyed. I'm not into science but they had fun! Many of the exhibits were a bit advanced for my younger child but they still enjoyed the interactive displays. I personally think the ticket prices are a bit high for what you get, but overall it was worth the afternoon. I would... More 

Thank LIZ R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As a family took our 5 year old grandson to the museum. Lots of hands on displays for everyone. Hope to go again when we return and visit. Our grandson really enjoyed all. Kept his attention.

Thank Rich L
Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kids love the Science Museum and they should! Most area kids go their on field trips from school AND hopefully back again with their family. The museum is filled with interactive exhibits that are educational and informative and best of all fun!. The lowest floor houses the rotating exhibits. Usually something great. We have been many times and will keep... More 

Thank Micky O
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went today and were very impressed. It's one of the most interactive museums we've been to with lots of engaging things to do that brings a live science. We also attended the Dime IMAX which is one of the biggest screens we've seen - the national park film is a must-do! All in all an excellent way to spend... More 

Thank Clarkiefrom
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum has been updated and includes some great exhibits! The cafe is called "The Periodic Table" and has a good selection of sandwiches and salads including coffee and fruit drinks!

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