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“Fun for the Kids”

Science Museum of Virginia
Ranked #14 of 171 things to do in Richmond
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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.
Christiansburg, Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Fun for the Kids”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

We decided on a quick trip to the science museum following our morning at Lego Kids Fest. Great place to visit for the afternoon. Lots of interactive exhibits and fun things for the kids to do. Kids enjoyed the rat basketball and live animals (snakes, spiders, turtles) but since it was late in the day, a lot of the labs and other hands on exhibits weren't running. Also, the new construction/building area was a bit disappointing especially after a morning at Lego Kids Fest. Did catch a Forces of Nature at IMAX, which was fun.

Visited February 2013
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159 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Fun for the Kids”
Reviewed February 17, 2013 via mobile

Fun for all ages. Lots of interactive exhibits. Loved the beach exhibit. Went on a Saturday so it was pretty crowded. Only complaint that it was pretty dark inside.

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Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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“Great if you have kids & you need a place to let them run wild.”
Reviewed January 26, 2013 via mobile

For two adults, it was boring. Great place for field trips. Some of the exhibits aren't working. I ended up on a bench with my book while my husband did a walk through.

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Richmond, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Too many exhibits are old/not working”
Reviewed January 15, 2013

This was probably the 4th time we have visited in 6 years. While we tend to go for the "visiting exhibits" like the most recent Guitar one, I don't find the permanent collection to be that spectacular. Many hands on items are broken and really hard to find a volunteer/employee strolling around to explain exhibits.

Visited January 2013
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Baltimore, Maryland
Level 6 Contributor
83 reviews
28 attraction reviews
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“Impressive Building but”
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.

Visited January 2013
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