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Science Museum of Virginia

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Address: 2500 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220
Phone Number: 18048641400
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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
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"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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Young Scientists

We had a wonderful time exploring the new speed exhibit. The museum has many things for children of various ages, including a sleuthing mystery. We were disappointed that quite... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Jennifer H
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Chesterfield, Virginia
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Chesterfield, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had a wonderful time exploring the new speed exhibit. The museum has many things for children of various ages, including a sleuthing mystery. We were disappointed that quite a few hands on exhibits on the second floor were not working, no sign or anything at them. We I'll be back, especially to try out the dome exhibit.

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Axton, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

They had a Speed Exhibit set up at the entrance and it was a lot of fun for us and the kids! It had a state of the art technology feel! We watched Sharks at the Dome, it was very good! I learned so much about Sharks and it was amazing to watch. The gift shop was not over priced... More 

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Springfield, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is a former train station that is being converted into and educational tool for teachers and kids in the area. Not to be compared with COSI in Columbus, OH, the museum has an interesting display of sports technology on the ground floor just inside the main entrance and off of the main hall. My grandson had a lot... More 

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum had exhibits for a wide variety of interests and ages. The Speed exhibit was very interesting and provided a great variety of interactive learning experiences. The presentation on Dark Matter was very heavy and not very interesting for children, nor worth the extra cost.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My daughter & I decided on a whim to visit the museum. She's been in Richmond the past few years as a VCU student, but we'd never visited. It turned out to be a fun visit. 3 floors of fun that deals with science and even history. There's even one floor where there's snakes, spiders and even a bee hive!!... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm not a big science museum type of person. I think they are mostly the same and kind of boring. But this one is pretty cool. It's in an old train station, and it's a great building! The exhibits were well laid out, although somewhat outdated. The best part was the dome movie theater. We saw the National Parks movie... More 

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Petersburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I took my 7 year old son here. He told the lady up front that he was already having fun and hadn't even gotten a ticket yet! (He saw the globe out front and the pendulum in the entryway). We went to the new Speed exhibit first which was put together incredibly well! My son doesn't care much for running,... More 

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Suffolk, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came with a six and one year old. The exhibits were hands on and wonderful, but ideal for slightly older children. My oldest son loved it, but he didn't want to pause long enough to understand the meaning or explanation behind the exhibit. There are many things to look at, with exhibits designed to grab the interest of different... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I went with my parents to see the SR-71 Blackbird. It's hanging in the main hall, but you can only see the underneath. We had hoped it would have been located outside so you could have seen more of it. We walked through the rest of the museum looking at exhibits. None of us had been since... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The display of the SR-71 Blackbird was fantastic. The special presentation by a former pilot was captivating and super informative.

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