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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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This is a great hands-on place for the kids

We expected we would stay at this museum for a couple of hours and ended up spending most of the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Moneta, Virginia
Our wedding renewal was here

It was the most beautiful event ever! The staff was so sweet and accommodating! I am so glad that... read more

Reviewed 23 May 2017
Corinna D
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Fun for the whole family, the Science Museum of Western Virginia features a tropical butterfly garden filled with butterflies from around the world; fun and interactive exhibits exploring Healthy Bodies, Healthy Earth and How It Works; live animals and the popular "FROGS"; the Living River & Touch Tank; and amazing traveling exhibits such as "TUTANKHAMUN: Wonderful Things From The Pharaoh's Tomb," running June 14-Dec. 31, 2014.
  • Excellent38%
  • Very good35%
  • Average19%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible1%
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1 Market Sq SE, 4th Floor, Roanoke, VA 24011-1429
+1 540-342-5710
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We expected we would stay at this museum for a couple of hours and ended up spending most of the day here with four kids (ages ranged from 3-10). The kids loved it and talked about their experiences that evening over dinner. What would make...More

Thank cgandme
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

It was the most beautiful event ever! The staff was so sweet and accommodating! I am so glad that we chose this venue for our renewal ceremony! There is a new exhibit called Toy Joy that all the children in attendance absolutely LOVED! I love...More

Thank Corinna D
Reviewed 24 April 2017

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

1  Thank kecompel
Reviewed 16 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 21 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

1  Thank Kerry P
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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

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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.