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“Big Museum for a small town”

Virginia Museum of Natural History
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Owner description: Scale models of dinosaurs and actual tracks of these great beasts of the past are featured through innovative exhibits, lectures and educational activities.
Washington DC
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60 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Big Museum for a small town”
Reviewed 6 January 2014

The museum has working scientists and a very good selection of exhibits dealing with the local area. Good layout for children.

Visited September 2013
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VirginiaMuseum, Manager at Virginia Museum of Natural History, responded to this review, 14 March 2014
Thank you very much for your recent visit and your positive feedback. We are always striving to improve on our visitors' experiences, so your feedback is appreciated.
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North Carolina
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113 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Nice for a couple of hours..”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

This is a beautifully made building and the displays are nice. I would have liked to have seen more staff around, perhaps to answer questions. My husband and I stopped by on our way to Roanoke--reasonable price and worth a visit....

Visited October 2013
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VirginiaMuseum, Manager at Virginia Museum of Natural History, responded to this review, 14 March 2014
KimStephen - Thank you very much for visiting the museum. We always appreciate getting feedback from visitors so we can offer better experiences. We hope you will have the opportunity to visit again and interact more with staff and volunteers. Thank you!
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Lynchburg Va
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Wonderful”
Reviewed 29 September 2013 via mobile

We have been here twice the last time for reptile day, bookstore and cafe are nice, exhibits are fantastic if the kids like dinosaurs this is your place

Visited September 2013
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VirginiaMuseum, Manager at Virginia Museum of Natural History, responded to this review, 14 March 2014
Thanks so much for your positive feedback. Reptile Day is definitely one of our most popular festivals, and we are excited to be planning for several exciting upcoming festivals. May 3 is the Bug Daze festival, July 26 is the Living on the Water festival, and October 18 is the Reptile Day festival. We hope you will be able to join us at one or more of these events!
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Martinsville, Virginia
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Dinosaurs!”
Reviewed 31 July 2013

If you like dinosaurs, this is the place to go. Kids will enjoy the many hands-on activities as well as seeing a dinosaur move and roar. There are also other exhibits on the natural habitats of native Virginia animals and even their fossils.

Visited June 2013
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VirginiaMuseum, Manager at Virginia Museum of Natural History, responded to this review, 8 August 2013
Thank you for your recent visit, and for your very positive feedback. We are very excited about our current "Dinosaur Discovery" exhibit and we are happy to hear that you enjoyed the many different exhibits and displays.
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Adams, Tennessee
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Odd Location for an Excellent Museum”
Reviewed 1 July 2013

What a fantastic State museum! Martinsville is a very small town (pop. ~13,000), but this museum is on par with natural history museums one would expect to find in much larger cities. Its permanent exhibits are exciting and showcase beautifully Virginia's fossil history. The travelling exhibits are fresh and often geared toward young children.

There is an admission fee, though it is very modest, and they also participate in the ASTC Reciprocal Membership program, so ASTC Passport holders get in free.

Martinsville is not on the way to anywhere, but the VMNH is destination enough in itself!

Visited May 2013
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