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Virginia Discovery Museum

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Above average children's museum...had a good visit.

A great place to take your kids to burn off some energy while visiting the downtown mall. They have... read more

Reviewed 17 April 2018
Roanoke, Virginia
Great fun for younger kids

Downtown location that requires parking in the market Street parking garage. You get your parking... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2017
David C
Blue Ridge, Georgia
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524 E Main St, Downtown, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5336
+1 434-977-1025
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 30 June 2008

This is a great place to bring young children from the very very small to early elementary. I don't think it would be as interesting for older kids (or at least not for very long). It is small but has rotating exhibits in the back...More

7  Thank momoftwo03
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 20 February 2012

Compared to other children's museums, this one is the worst I've seen by far. The ball thing in the front window is by far the coolest thing they have. Beyond that, it's just a bunch of play toys. This place is also very small, being...More

6  Thank raterus
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Brought my 7 year old granddaughter and 2 and 4 year old niece's children because I wanted to get a picture in front of the cabin (we're all descendents of the Showalters). The 7 year old loved the cafe and bank, the 4 year old...More

Thank Suzanne F
Reviewed 23 July 2018

We took our granddaughter here recently. She is almost 4 years old and really enjoyed wandering around and engaging herself in many of the activities there. Not cheap: $8 per person, children and adults. Larger than it looks. Various rooms with different adventures. All on...More

1  Thank William H
Reviewed 17 April 2018

A great place to take your kids to burn off some energy while visiting the downtown mall. They have several different areas set up with various activities for most ages from 8 and below. I think it's more set up for the toddlers to young...More

Thank CavaHoo22
Reviewed 19 January 2018 via mobile

Crowded but fun. Kids were 6 & 7 and enjoyed themselves. Great log cabin, giant light brite, the room in the back was less crowded. Lots of parent sitting around talking to other parents while the kids played. We bought a 3 month membership as...More

Thank lindenl2014
Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile

We went yesterday afternoon with parents, grandmother, and 4 1/2 and 1 yr old. It was busy as you would imagine at this time of year. The front two rooms have lots of things for younger children. Even our little one toddled around and everyone...More

1  Thank HappyTralis
Reviewed 27 December 2017

My toddler LOVES going to the Discovery Museum. If we are downtown and try to pass it by, he goes and knocks on the door to let us know we should stop! My mother takes them there weekly after having bought a family membership. Inside...More

Thank RRP_Cville
Reviewed 11 October 2017

We went here for a quick visit with our 3 and 5 year old, great place to let them run around! If you buy a membership, it is good for a year, and also gives you half off tickets at other partnering museums around the...More

1  Thank ccbowen
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Downtown location that requires parking in the market Street parking garage. You get your parking validated so it's free. It's 1 floor of different stations. They have a reading room, art, music, engineering, sound, construction, health and many other stations. They can dress up like...More

Thank David C
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

The Virginia Discover Museum is clean and so much fun for preschoolers. I'm in town with my preschooler for a visit and found the museum to be a welcome stop during my visit to the Downtown Mall. I recommend going for an hour in the...More

Thank Katie R
Reviewed 24 July 2017

Friday afternoon for all family $5.00!!! Kids loved It and a great place to run around before the Friday night music on the mall

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3 November 2017|
Response from David C | Reviewed this property |
At almost 10 your child would be bored in about 30 minutes. There is some cool science related stuff that's interesting but I would agree that 5-7 is the ideal age for this type of exploration.