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“Impressive Building but”

Science Museum of Virginia
Ranked #15 of 180 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.
Reviewed January 13, 2013

Building was used for railroad transportation from est. 1836 up to 1975 served Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac stops to travel to Washington DC. Still an impressive building, located in West Broad Street, was purchased and converted to a Science Museum. It houses primarily about science from basic to middle of the road information. As an adult, I find it more geared for children. To me, this museum is not technologically advanced and the only benefit I find in here is the 3D movies which has extra fee. Although, it is good to know the fundamentals, Disney World has more cool factor.

1  Thank Mai-ImIt
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Reviewed January 12, 2013

I come here sometimes with my daughter when we are bored. It is a nice place. There is an okay planetarium and exhibits. More for little kids

2  Thank Sonny F
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

The science museum has a decent planetarium and has some nice special exhibits. However, the exhibits that are there all the time are often broken or not working properly.

1  Thank jasbrock
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

Not really a science museum. This is a great place yo take kids 4-8 years old. But I would not classify this as a science museum... lots of hands- on for little children

1  Thank christophr t
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Reviewed December 20, 2012

I visited in December for the guitar history exhibit. It's an excellent presentation as my dear son was an amazing musician and would have loved it. Adults or children would love this very much , much to see at this museum

Thank jeannette y
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