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Science Museum of Western Virginia & Hopkins Planetarium

1 Market Sq SE, 4th Floor, Roanoke, VA 24011-1429
+1 540-342-5710
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Nice indoor activity on a rainy day

Took a friends 7 year old daughter for the 1st time. She enjoyed it and was entertained by... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Meredith M
Draper, Virginia
Great first visit

We stopped here on our way home from Dollywood. Our three year old loved it. We have a another... read more

Reviewed 16 April 2017
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1 Market Sq SE, 4th Floor, Roanoke, VA 24011-1429
+1 540-342-5710
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took a friends 7 year old daughter for the 1st time. She enjoyed it and was entertained by everything they had to offer for a few hours. The butterfly part was all of our favorite! Some of the activities didn't work but for a 7...More

Thank Meredith M
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

We stopped here on our way home from Dollywood. Our three year old loved it. We have a another museum pass that allows free entry to this museum which is great. There is so much to do including butterflies, touch tank and a planetarium. The...More

Thank kecompel
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Knowledgeable and friendly staff and volunteers. Touch a starfish. Learn about tornadoes. Have a butterfly land on your shoulder! WONDERFUL stop mid-drive down 81, for an hour break for the kids.

Thank mrskaren
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

Kid-focused science museum with touch tank, maker space, sensory-friendly play area (the "Bubble," new), large block areas. etc. Some arcade games remain even post Pixel Play temporary exhibit. Clean and attractive. Butterfly garden is a popular exhibit. members, we visit often. Came today for children's...More

Thank regiontravelreturns
Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

We were pretty impressed with our visit to the Science Museum. It is on the small size compared to other science museums we have visited but what they had was fun and educational. On the down side, I thought there were too many exhibits that...More

Thank mjcrac
Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Fun two-story Museum in Center in the Square that has grown more interactive, particularly for elementary age kids. Revised spaces now include a Makerspace, a coding space, and a large big blue blocks building area. Butterfly exhibit now included with regular admission. Large display of...More

Thank regiontravelreturns
Reviewed 20 October 2016

lots of interactive exhibits for the kids.They also have a rotating exhibit so there is always something new. The butterfly garden is well worth the extra charge

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Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

The Science Museum is great for young children, although several of the exhibits were not working. Our daughter enjoys the touch tank and the bug/reptile exhibits & the butterfly garden (not a lot of butterflies to be seen, & a very limited variety). They have...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 6 July 2016

Love thing the kids here as there are always new adventures for the and lots of hands on learning. A must go if you have children even if you don't, you'll enjoy time spent here.

Thank Dorie H
Reviewed 27 June 2016

Last week I spent $45 to take my two granddaughters to the Science Museum for a few hours on a weekday afternoon. What we found was an old, tired out set of untended exhibits. After paying extra to go into the Butterfly Garden, we found...More

3  Thank LizattheLake
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Brandy K
How much time should I plan for with a 6yo, is it only a two or three hours worth>? Thanks!
30 December 2016|
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Response from regiontravelreturns | Reviewed this property |
If your child enjoys making things and being creative or very much enjoys video games, 3 hours.