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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
11:30 - 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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Nice for families !

The Science Museum is great for families and out of town guests. I love the architecture just as much as the exhibits. It is in an old train station. The exhibits do change and... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Richmond, Virginia
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Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is not a museum for educated adults. It appears to have funding issues as corners are cut everywhere. Children (especially grade school children) will find the experience interesting if not fun. I was bored to tears. It has gotten worse over the years (I've been to it several times over 30 years), although I applaud the efforts made by... More 

Thank Jay M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I never get tired of this place. There's always a new exhibit or a new movie in IMAX dome theater. It's so easy to get caught up in the activities. There are so many hands-on and interactive lessons- it's so funny doesn't even seem like you should be learning… But you are! This place makes learning fun… Beyond fun!

Thank Christine R
Richmond, Virginia
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28 reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Science Museum is great for families and out of town guests. I love the architecture just as much as the exhibits. It is in an old train station. The exhibits do change and they are enjoyable. Nice gift shop with good variety. If you are local and plan on making multiple visits - just join - it is a... More 

Thank WendyR123
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Museum it self is not in the best area of town. We were visiting our daughter who goes to school at the University of Richmond, so we decided do take our 8 year old twin boys in the am. The Children's Museum is right next door, but it looked too young for our 8 year old boys. The boys... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is an old train station conserved and converted to a science museum. It's on the smaller side, but the exhibits were first rate when we attended. I have a 6,5,3 year old and they are all occupied and entertained the entire visit. The current exhibit -speed is a HUGE hit with the family. I love the robotic air... More 

1 Thank Pittsburgh P
Lake City, Florida
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fun place for kids and adults! I would recommend making this a day trip. We only got to Spend a few hours here but could have easily spent all day.

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Richmond, Virginia
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62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

I'm a huge fan of science museums. While this museum isn't the best that I've visited, it is well-appointed for a mid-sized city.

Thank Latonya H
Midlothian, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Be sure and go through the entire SPEED exhibit. The opportunity to race against a bear and an alligator can't be turned down. The kids were having a blast with that. You get to see things that are super fast and others that are the slowest in the world. The SR-Blackbird Jet is fascinating itself and I happened to ask... More 

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San Francisco, California
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Lots of stuff for kids too, interactive exhibits, they even have a Foucault pendulum just like at the science museum in Paris.

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Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

I decided to volunteer and chaperone for my daughters field trip at school. Let me just say - this place is awesome! So much to see and do, we ran around and saw so much of the museum. The kids just loved it! This was for a second grade class. We grabbed the map and decided to go explore. I... More 

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