Virginia Discovery Museum, Charlottesville

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#9 of 12 in Childrens Museums in Virginia
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  • September 6, 2017
    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, engi...  more »
  • August 28, 2017
    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 re...  more »
  • July 24, 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  more »
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  • July 5, 2017
    This is best for young children, maybe Max age of 6 or 7. My two young children loved it. We have been to a few other Discovery Centers and although this one was the smallest we have ever seen, I found it refreshing and nice. This isn't a huge place where you have to follow your kids around or worry of losing them. It is also very clean and quite a bit to do. One thing I really liked here that I haven't seen at other centers is that the employees out on the floor also interacted, helped, and played with the kids. We were there on Saturday, July 1st, 2017 in the morning. Thanks to the guys out there on the floor playing and helping the kids, you are fantastic. I really, really enjoyed my time there with my kids. A lot less stressful and loud and my kids really loved it too.
  • April 9, 2017
    Extremely poor customer service. We had booked a birthday party and were informed 2 days before that they had a computer glitch and booked over our spot. Even though we booked our party first we were asked to move to a different day. There was no mention of discount or anything to make up for this. We had guests coming from out of town and wanted to keep it the same weekend so asked if Sunday was available. They are only open for private rentals on Sunday at a higher rate. The woman who spoke with us (Madeline) was rude and did not offer any apology. We were made to feel as if this was our fault. I would not recommend this place for a party. Even though we had the space privately Sunday it was disappointing. We booked the original time slot to enjoy extra play time after our scheduled party but you aren't able to do that on Sunday. They made sure you were out of the place by 12:30. Given the circumstances you would have thought they would have been a little nicer as well. Both of the staff members there seemed like they did us a huge favor by coming in.We have a membership but do not plan to renew.
  • July 8, 2017
    Great place for kids to explore. Parents can even get involved in the fun.
  • June 19, 2017
    I really want to like the discovery museum but it is overpriced and my kids always end up with diarrhea after we visit, no matter how often I wash their hands. If it were cheaper, it'd be a nice thing to do on rainy or cold days. It probably makes sense to get a membership (and probably cheaper in the long-run. Plus, if you visit often enough, your kids will probably develop an immunity to the diarrhea
  • December 31, 2016
    This museum is absolutely wonderful. They do a great job with space, and all of the exhibits were interested to our two-year-old son. There is a great section on beehives that includes a living hive. They have dress-up, doctor, and two separate farm stations. There is a sensory room for children 0 to 2 years, and our son loved the light board. The interactive ABCs were so great while he was learning his letters. Also, the membership gets you into so many other museums around the country!

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