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Science Museum of Virginia

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Address: 2500 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220-2057
Phone Number: 18048641400
9:30 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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Day at the science museum

It was really interesting. We stayed there almost 4 hours and we enjoyed the "Rat Basketball" tournament.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 4, 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was new to Virginia and have a 7 year old son who enjoys science. We visited the Science Museum of Virginia, saw rat basketball which my son thought was hysterical and watched Whales in the dome which was really cool!! We will definitely be back!

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Haven’t been to the Science Museum since they changed to the new display so I was very pleased to see the new exhibit where kids could measure how fast they could throw a baseball, time how fast they could run, stand in a hurricane/tornado and play with many other displays. Walking around to all the other exhibits that are still... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016 via mobile

This was an outstanding museum. Every single part of the experience from start to finish was on real. We parked directly in front with no problem steps from the entrance. It accepted my reciprocal membership with the Chicago science Museum and we got in for free and there was not a single line. And the museum was virtually empty because... More 

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Midlothian, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016 via mobile

We took our 5 year old grandson to this museum. He absolutely loved it! There is plenty to do for kids and adults alike. We spent about 3 hours there and could have stayed longer. In fact, our grandson wants to go back! If we get back to Richmond, I'm sure we'll go again.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

Great place to take kids. There is always something showing at the Imax Theatre too. New airplane exhibit.

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Palm Bay, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

This museum is terrific to bring children to. Most displays are interactive. The museum itself is beautiful with unbelievable architecture.

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Youngstown, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

A great variety of opportunities to learn about speed, animals, insects, the human body, ect. Many interactive displays which enhance the learning experience for all ages.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

It was really interesting. We stayed there almost 4 hours and we enjoyed the "Rat Basketball" tournament.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

This science museum was a lots of fun for my teens, my husband and myself, and even my dad. The Speed exhibit feels fresh and fun. The robot playing air hockey was very cool, and very competitive. We enjoyed watching the rats play basketball. It was great to go through a museum that entertained all of us equally. There are... More 

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Springfield, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

We did a sleepover visit at the museum with our scout troop. The IMAX theater is top notch. The staff were fantastic in every way. Is a great place for families and science buffs! Everything was hands on, which made it fun for all.

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