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Science Museum of Virginia

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Address: 2500 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220-2057
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+1 804-864-1400
09:30 - 17:00
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Sun 11:30 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 09:30 - 17:00

"We're not your dad's Science Museum!" says Science Museum of...

"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.

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Mostly for the trains

A lady who I met recently turns out to be another train buff and suggested we attend the big model train event at the museum and tour the 1" = 1" cars and locomotives on the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 November 2016
Hampton, Virginia
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Manassas, Virginia
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came here super early in the morning. It's a fun place to go to especially with kids. Since we went super early there wasn't a lot of traffic to get to each exhibit.

Thank Kare461
Harrisonburg, Virginia
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50 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited the museum after not being here for 15years and was surprised by how few exhibits there were. There are a lot of children's activities, though. I was disappointed as a childless adult hoping to see science exhibits. The best part by far was the IMAX theatre; we saw a stunning film on the solar system.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

We finished our thanksgiving weekend in Richmond by seeing a little bit of downtown. Our 7 yr daughter had a blast with all of the interactive exhibits. A lot of great history to be seen and all done in a kid-friendly, fun atmosphere.

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Hampton, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

A lady who I met recently turns out to be another train buff and suggested we attend the big model train event at the museum and tour the 1" = 1" cars and locomotives on the remaining tracks. They have done a wonderful job of restoring and converting the station into a science museum, but leaving at least some of... More 

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Chester, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

A great place to spend the day with the kids. Explore and learn about science. Visit the creepy crawlers and check out the Imax theater which is really cool.

1 Thank Tricia R
Portsmouth, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

I was present for a conference of State employees. The first night they opened the Museum up to us and it is quite enjoyable. I certainly would like to see if I could get my pitching speed up. The Dome has a great view of the Universe and I was especially please with seeing the landing spot for the Apollo... More 

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

During our Summer vacation trip to Virginia, my husband and I make it a tradition to bring our three teens to an educational or historical place and the Science Museum of Virginia was on our bucket list. In short, it was not without it's positives and negatives, but it definitely was worth the time. Along with the ticket entry fee,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

I was new to Virginia and have a 7 year old son who enjoys science. We visited the Science Museum of Virginia, saw rat basketball which my son thought was hysterical and watched Whales in the dome which was really cool!! We will definitely be back!

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Haven’t been to the Science Museum since they changed to the new display so I was very pleased to see the new exhibit where kids could measure how fast they could throw a baseball, time how fast they could run, stand in a hurricane/tornado and play with many other displays. Walking around to all the other exhibits that are still... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

This was an outstanding museum. Every single part of the experience from start to finish was on real. We parked directly in front with no problem steps from the entrance. It accepted my reciprocal membership with the Chicago science Museum and we got in for free and there was not a single line. And the museum was virtually empty because... More 

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