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“Chances missed” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Science Museum of Virginia

Science Museum of Virginia
Ranked #15 of 167 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.
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Chances missed”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2014

We have went to many a science museum in our time as my wife is a science teacher.
This was by far the most disappointing. Poorly staffed and many of the exhibits broken.
Not a place I would recommend going to.
On the plus side the building itself is beautiful

Visited July 2014
3 Thank sdc1701
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Arlington, Virginia
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Great museum - best for kids up to age 11”
4 of 5 bubbles 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)

Visited March 2014
2 Thank John S
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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65 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“So dissapointed”
2 of 5 bubbles 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.

1 Thank Selojora
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Stafford, Virginia
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Not worth the entry fee”
1 of 5 bubbles 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!!

Visited February 2014
1 Thank Ed S
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Richmond, Virginia
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“$11.00 to see run-down, old, out-of-touch exhibits? No thanks!”
2 of 5 bubbles 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. . .

Visited January 2014
2 Thank Chrismarino
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ScienceMuseumVA, Manager at Science Museum of Virginia, responded to this review, 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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