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Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond

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4/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web
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 was new to Virginia and have a 7 year old son who enjoys science. We visited the Science Museum of Virginia, saw rat basketball which my son thought was hysterical and watched Whales in the dome whi...  read more »
  • Haven’t been to the Science Museum since they changed to the new display so I was very pleased to see the new exhibit where kids could measure how fast they could throw a baseball, time how fast they ...  read more »
  • This was an outstanding museum. Every single part of the experience from start to finish was on real. We parked directly in front with no problem steps from the entrance. It accepted my reciprocal mem...  read more »
  • We finally decided to become members this year and we have not been disappointed. We have two boys 7 and 9 and they both have enjoyed spending there time at the museum this Sumner. The speed exhibit is very well done and during the week when it is not so crowded there are people station to talk the kids through some of the more interesting aspects of the exhibits.
  • It's a stunning atmosphere.. I had my prom here in the main rotunda and it was amazing.. And now they have the Black Bird hanging there!!!
  • My 14 year old son and I really enjoyed the Speed and Boost exhibits, which were both well done, but that was about it. The steam engine and the bathyscaphe were kinda wasted out back with no signage, I had to look up its history (which was interesting) on my phone. It looked like they had a bunch of good summer program things going on for local kids and a teen maker lab. It also looks like they are adding on a major DaVinci exhibit as well but, as it stands now, $14 a head was steep for a tourist drop-in visit. If the Imax dome show were included with admission it would have been better value for money.
  • Very expensive for what it is. A lot of the exhibits are outdated and many simply don't work or are down for maintenance. They also do not offer a student discount. so for 2 adults I paid $28. I have been to many museums that are a lot better know with way better exhibits and paid a lot less even without a student discount. I do not really recommend going unless nothing else to do.
  • I truly loved the dome experiences! I recommend checking out their shows and the presenter is always informative. We saw the Dark Universe and it was extraordinary!
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