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Science Museum of Virginia

2500 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220-2057
+1 804-864-1400
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Imax Humpback Whales!

Our visit was this time mostly confined to the IMAX theatre showing of the humpback whales. This is... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
United States

This is an old train station, formerly occupied by the R,F & P Railroad. It's a beautiful building... read more

Reviewed July 16, 2017
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"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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  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
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2500 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220-2057
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Our visit was this time mostly confined to the IMAX theatre showing of the humpback whales. This is an amazing film and worthwhile. The $9 ticket is cheap for the experience. Two oddities, the ADA accessible doors nearest the parking lot and the Dome were...More

Thank Birdsong859
Reviewed July 16, 2017

This is an old train station, formerly occupied by the R,F & P Railroad. It's a beautiful building, kept immaculately, and the exhibits, which I understand are changed regularly, are terrific! When we were there, and exhibition of speed was downstairs, as well as "Da...More

Thank _RichieT_Pa_Fla
Reviewed July 16, 2017 via mobile

My husband and I stopped here for an afternoon. The museum seems more geared towards children, which is great! Our biggest complaint was that there wasn't much to see for the price. When we went an entire wing was closed. Definitely visit if you have...More

Thank MoonliteMaven
Reviewed July 4, 2017

Our 7-year-old couldn't go on his class field trip to a bouncy house due to recent surgery, so we got school approval to visit here instead. Loved every minute of it! Everything is hands-on and educational. we explored what it felt like to be in...More

Thank angelavacay
Reviewed July 4, 2017

My wife and I decided this year to visit the Science Museum of Virginia in downtown Richmond. Our daughter gave us a one-year membership and we thought that the Fourth of July would be an enjoyable day to check out the museum with everyone else...More

Thank Robert P
Reviewed June 28, 2017

I just saw the Leonardo da Vinci exhjbit, and it is fabulous! It's hard to imagine how one person could produce so much, in so many different fields. It's worth every penny of the admission price. The Speed exhibit is endlessly fascinating. Children love the...More

Thank ActiveLife4Me
Reviewed June 25, 2017 via mobile

We have been to many many science museums in multiple cities. This one ranks near the very top, very well done. Excellent topics, very interactive, fun exhibits. Our fav were the video of people entering the building, you could rewind it and watch your family...More

Thank Kim G
Reviewed June 21, 2017 via mobile

In the interest of doing something fun..we decided to be kids for a day. This museum has everything a hands on science museum should. The speed exhibit was the one that had us laughing realizing we should have paid more attention in school. The art...More

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Reviewed June 21, 2017

When you have the Smithsonian an hour away, not to be gone out of the way for. It is a small science museum: nice but ... Little kids could make this a stop on a rainy day. it is cheap!

Thank samtrip12345
Reviewed June 2, 2017 via mobile

This place is pricey! Hard to try to take a big family when it's this expensive. Showed them our military id's and were turned down free admission because we were a retired veteran family. Once in the army, always in the army... don't waste your...More

Thank Mason D
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Cherry C
August 1, 2017|
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Response from DancinATC | Reviewed this property |
You can just go to the dome.
Jack L
March 22, 2017|
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Response from ScienceMuseumVA | Property representative |
Hi, Jack! The Science Museum of Virginia has our Periodic Table Cafe, which is a full cafe with sandwiches, pizza, snacks and delicious Blanchard's coffee and espresso. To learn more information about the Cafe's specific... More
Molly K
October 14, 2016|
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Response from M F | Reviewed this property |
Yes, my 15 year old daughter and 13 year old both enjoyed it. This natures center can be enjoyed by nature lovers of all ages.