Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond

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The Science Museum of Virginia is a science museum located in Richmond, Virginia. Established in 1970, it is an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is housed in the former Broad Street Station, built in 1919.HistoryEarly proposalsIn 1906, the Virginia General Assembly approved funds for the construction of a simple "exhibits center" to display mineral and timber exhibits being assembled for the Jamestown Exposition of 1907. After the exposition ended, many of the items were moved to Richmond's Capitol Square. The "State Museum", as it came to be known, opened in 1910 and over the years displays of natural history specimens from a variety of State agencies were added to its collection.In 1942, the General Assembly created a study commission to consider the establishment of an official State science museum, and in 1943, that commission strongly endorsed the creation of a "Virginia Museum of Science". Unfortunately, the fiscal restraints and pressing concerns of World War II, and the recession which followed it, prevented the General Assembly from taking further action, and in 1946, the General Assembly suspended further work on a State science museum pending the identification of appropriate space and funds.By 1964, the General Assembly once again considered what to do with the "State Museum". A new study was commissioned, and once again, the establishment of a "museum of science, archeology, and natural history" was proposed, but this measure died in committee. Shortly thereafter, the museum's displays and collections in the basement of the state's Financial Building were gradually disassembled and their collections were dispersed to various State universities.
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  • I visited Science Museum at the annual model train expo.As an adults of in their sixties we went directly to the expo area. All the exhibits the brought back the memories ,we still cherish.After the e...  more »
  • While vacationing in Gordonsville, VA we decided to take a day-trip here (about 1-1.5hr depending on traffic) for our son’s third birthday. The museums is in an old train station which in itself is pr...  more »
  • We went as a family on New Years Day with our 8th grader. Didn’t know if she would be interested. She was wandering off and coming back “you have to see this over here!” Our favorites were Boost! Abou...  more »
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  • I don't go to museums often but I do love museums when I do get to go. This museum was extremely interactive and fun! Great for all ages to be honest, the staff was helpful and friendly! There's lots to do and a lot to learn while doing it! You can test yourself and see how you compare to others. Also there's a movie similar to IMAX, we watched Planet 9 which was pretty interesting and the person talking us through the show was fun! Overall this museum is worth the visit! 10/10 would definitely recommend giving it a go if you're around!
  • Great experience with kids I love this place on sunny or rainy days when it's time to entertain the 8 year-old. There is so much to do, so many different exhibits that we always find something we haven't done before. The best part for us is the crafts, which are a part of almost every exhibit, and really involve her in what is being taught, besides providing an opportunity to interact with other kids younger and older. There is a lot of interactive learning play, much less walking around and looking and looking at things, so she is always up for a visit!
  • Super cool place. Kids have a great opportunity to learn science concepts. There's an air hockey table with a robotic opponent, a booth explaining special relativity in easy to understand ways, and so much more. The staff are super helpful and very friendly. A great place for the family, and for everyone to learn. Basketball playing rats too!!!
  • I was with my 2 year old grandson. I didn't really think there would be anything there he would like but I was wrong. He loved the music you could make from the various percussion instruments. He enjoyed running around in the under 5 area. The museum has done a great job appealing to kids of all ages.
  • Went here for the first time for the model train show and it was really cool. I really want to go back for the other aspects that are normally displayed. I'd definitely recommend going with a younger kids as a lot of things are geared towards them, but there were quite a few neat exhibits that we walked through before getting to the trains.
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