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“Great museum - best for kids up to age 11”

Science Museum of Virginia
Ranked #15 of 176 things to do in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: "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.
Reviewed 30 March 2014

iMax movie of solar weather was very cool; nice talk afterwards. Don't miss the RAT BASKETBALL! One of the funniest, quirkiest and best events that I've been to. Overall the museum does an excellent job of teaching while also making it fun (not boxes of displays -- everything can be interacted with and even as a "46 year old kid" I enjoyed a lot of them)

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Reviewed 16 February 2014 via mobile

We went for dinosaur exhibition and were so dissapointed! There were 1 dino, 1 dino`s skull, model of dino head and 4 bones, of course, everything was not real, just plastic copies. I give 2 points, because other things were fun in museum. For dinos- 0\5.

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Reviewed 10 February 2014

Dinosaur exhibit had only one skeleton on display and I don’t think it was real. A complete disappointment and not worth the $11.00 entrance fee. You’d be better off taking your child to see a movie. We will never come back!!

1  Thank Ed S
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Reviewed 29 January 2014

Thats right, this place wants to charge you $11.00 just to walk in the door. Not worth it at all. I understand perhaps charging people this much if their out of state visitors. I'm a virginia state resident and pay virginia taxes that help to fund this museum. The least they could do is allow virginia residents to receive a big discount. The exhibits (most of them) will do one thing. Make you feel like you're back in the 1980's. You are better off visiting the Fine Arts Museum of Virginia (free to see most exhibits). Or look for other stuff to do. . .

2  Thank Chrismarino
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ScienceMuseumVA, Manager at Science Museum of Virginia, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2015

Hi, Chris!

We hope you'll be able to visit again soon - a lot has changed at the Science Museum of Virginia since your last trip! We have a new digital Dome system, allowing for giant screen movies and Cosmic Expeditions that are 14 times the HD resolution of your TV at home! Our newest traveling exhibition, Wicked Plants, has received rave reviews from guests and has proven to be a fun exercise in just how well you think you know the world of botany.

We also recommend testing your mind and body in our interactive exhibit Boost!

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your visit, please email kgentry@smv.org.

Thank you!

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Reviewed 21 January 2014

We went here with our five grandchildren and their parents. Only our grandaughter had been here before, on a school field trip. The museum was amazing, with so many wonderful interactive exhibits, all in perfect, and uncrowded, working order. It was fun for everyone, and we range in age from one years old to 68! We spent almost five hours here, and still didn't see or do everything. I consider it one of the very best museums I've ever visited, in spite of the fact that we live near the Smithsonian museum complex in Washington, D.C.

One hint: there is a small food service area here, but with limited menu offerings. You can also walk to a McDonald's very close by, which worked out better for our family.

4  Thank Anne C
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