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Science Museum of Western Virginia & Hopkins Planetarium
Ranked #21 of 69 things to do in Roanoke
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Owner description: 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.
Oklahoma City, OK
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528 reviews
329 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 275 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2013

We went to the museum with six kids and two adults. The ticket price was $10 for an adult and an additional $2 for the butterfly exhibit (normally $4). The butterfly exhibit was disappointing since there were only 4-6 species of butterflies... the "exotic" butterflies were not in yet. I saw better butterflies in my son's yard that same afternoon.

There were some interesting exhibits but it seemed to be very small for the admission price charged. I assume they will be adding to the exhibits but I think if they lowered their prices, they would get more people to visit.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank morrishj
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English first
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30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Superb Facility”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

This newly renovated facility is wonderful for all ages. It provides hands on experiences and is delightful.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank Clean7
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great for the kids”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2013

Being from NY and now from Pittsburgh PA the Museum isn't that big but perfect for a day out with the Grandkids. Having family in Roanoke we go down once a month to see the Gandkids and it is always nice to have some place to go. The Science Museum is in the Center in the Square where they also have a farmers market, vendors and a food court in one of the buildings. It is perfect for taking small kids there because you don't have to spend all day to see everything, they didn't get tired out and we were able to get a good meal close by. I like the fact they kept it small, while we were there they had a Butterfly exhibit with over 200 butterflys you walked through also had a lot of interactive things for the kids to do, along with a room where they did live experiments.. Highly recommend to take the kids...

Visited June 2013
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