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Virginia Museum of Natural History

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Address: 21 Starling Ave, Martinsville, VA 24112-2921
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+1 276-634-4141
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09:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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Scale models of dinosaurs and actual tracks of these great beasts of the...

Scale models of dinosaurs and actual tracks of these great beasts of the past are featured through innovative exhibits, lectures and educational activities.

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Fantastic museum.

What a great attraction. I was looking for something to do while staying in a hotel because of Hurricane Matthew evacuation and I found this museum in a list of attractions in the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 December 2016
Dacsmom
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Charleston
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Charleston
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75 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

What a great attraction. I was looking for something to do while staying in a hotel because of Hurricane Matthew evacuation and I found this museum in a list of attractions in the room. For a $7 admission I thought it would just be so-so. Boy, was I wrong. This place is amazing. I spent about three hours wandering through... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Interesting natural history museum. Good exhibits of dinosaur fossils and casts. Lots of animal exhibits. Good interactive educational exhibits. Good value at $7 for adult admission.

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1 Thank LindiSue
Martinsville, Virginia
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22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Wow! Unbelievable! Fantastic! Just a few words that describe the exhibits and information available at the Virginia Museum of Natural History! The museum hasn't always been a museum or open to the public. It started as a private institution that became an agency of the state, then became an accredited museum! Now VMNH is affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution! The... More 

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1 Thank Sheila D
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30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

A great museum of exhibits from the beginning of time on earth. Museum features dinosaur casts of full size skeletons. This museum uncovers Virginia Natural History and has an actual paleontology and archaeology laboratory. Also a section on How Nature Works along with a variety of taxidermy mammals and insects.

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Buchanan, Virginia
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

We took a quick day trip to Martinsville to visit the museum. We hadn't been before and the kids were very interested in the educational and informational exhibits. From dinosaurs to early settlements in Virginia, we spent a couple hours wandering through. The museum itself is a beautiful and modern structure. The live animal exhibit is very small with just... More 

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Dugspur, Virginia
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202 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2016

A comfortable venue with a wide range of exhibits to appeal to a broad audience. As a senior, the $3 admission is a bargain. Reasonable for a family outing. From fossils, rocks and skeletons to hands on exhibits, this is an educational experience worth a visit. The museum is active with programs especially young students. Great asset to the community.

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Thank BlueridgeCharlie
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178 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016 via mobile

Tucked away in the town of Martinsville you will find this gem! A must see! Easy access from Rt 220 if going between Greensboro and Roanoke. An easy drive and a perfect trip for those interested in dinosaurs. A nice gift shop but wish they had more sizes available. Also a great venue for weddings or special events.

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Thank Judi W
Virginia
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27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2016 via mobile

We visit frequently to see what's new. There is a lot to learn here and it is fun to see. There are many hands-on activities to keep kids interested and a play room with a multi-level pirate ship play area to burn off excess energy if kids get antsy after a while.

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Axton, Virginia
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61 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2016 via mobile

I took my 3 year old grandson, he loved it! They have the dinosaurs on display but also have other animals, fish and birds mounted showing them in a natural habitat. They have a pirate ship which my young grandson didn't want to leave. The gift shop has all kinds of goodies too.

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VirginiaMuseum, Manager at Virginia Museum of Natural History, responded to this review

We are happy to hear that you had a great experience at the museum. We regularly update and add new displays, so we hope you will have the opportunity to visit again soon. Thank you! More 

Tiffin, Ohio
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2016

This is a first class experience! Displays are well done and up close. People of all ages can have a great experience here.

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VirginiaMuseum, Manager at Virginia Museum of Natural History, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your positive feedback. We are happy to hear that you had a great experience, and we hope you will have the opportunity to visit again soon. Thanks! More 

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