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“Don't bother”

Science Museum of Virginia
Ranked #15 of 173 things to do in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: "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.
Richmond, Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Don't bother”
Reviewed January 26, 2012

Broken exhibits, tons of "dead space" in the building. Not at all what it was like in the 80's and 90's. They've really gone off the rails and in a horrible way.

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202 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Great for kids!”
Reviewed January 18, 2012

Growing up in Richmond, you are brought here by parents and schools at least once a year. This place can keep kids (and even adults) busy for most of a day. This museum gives you the ability to have hands on science experiments and is very entertaining. You have some fun while learning!

Visited February 2011
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Metro D.C. area
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Very well done. A wonderful place to visit with children!”
Reviewed January 15, 2012

I actually spent an overnight "shut-in" at this museum, during a special program w/ a group of elementary school children as a chaperone. I think I enjoyed myself every bit as much as the kids did, and they LOVED it!

Visited March 2011
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Chester, Virginia
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Amaturish”
Reviewed January 5, 2012

I was disappointed. Many of the exhibits looked like they had been put together as school science projects and were geared to the under 10 crowd. The acoustics were bad and our group left with one massive headache from the noise. I've been to many other science museums and this ranks on the bottom of the list. The only exhibits we enjoyed were the minerals on the upper floor..

Visited June 2011
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Lake Placid, Florida
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Excellent museum”
Reviewed December 29, 2011

love the IMAX theater movies. Easy to find the museum and there is lots of parking.

Visited December 2011
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