Science Museum of Western Virginia, Roanoke

3.8
#10 of 12 in Childrens Museums in Virginia
The Science Museum of Western Virginia is the oldest science museum in Virginia, founded in 1970 by a group of teachers and community volunteers to provide informal science experiences to enhance education in the classroom. While the organization has grown and moved into larger and more accessible facilities, it has never strayed from its mission focus.
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  • The museum was enjoyable however difficult to locate from the street. This is not your typical museum and it is located on the 3rd floor of the Center of the Square building. No clear signs to indicat...  more »
  • Something for everyone. We took 4 children ages 3 to 10, and they were all happy for hours. Everything from huge building blocks to WII-type motion sensors. Go!  more »
  • We have a membership to a large science center in Baltimore, MD, so we are able to visit other science centers who participate in the ATSC program for free. This museum was super easy to find and is c...  more »
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  • Very educational and fun for all. Staff was nice and informative. We had a great time at this museum. And enjoyed the features of learning and playing with science! The butterfly garden is very neat and enjoyable! Try out the arcade check out the aquariums too. The cost is not too steep. Great deal if you are staying around for a day or two to get the all included tickets. Go learn and have fun.
  • While I have been in the Roanoke Area for the better part of 25 years I've found that the Science Museum of Western VA to be a consistent and stagnant Museum. If you've been to this Museum in the last 20 years you've already seen 90% of what the Museum has to offer. The other 10% is interesting exhibits, such as the Butterfly garden and some other new body exhibits but at $15 per adult it's not worth it. This is also ignoring that a large portion of the 6th floor is under construction. All and all a family of 5 will cost you over $70 to get in. If you're visiting the area go for it, but as a local I'll never go back.
  • Every time we go here, there are some new exhibits. There are plenty of hands on learning activities for everyone, not just the children.
  • My kids love it here so many great exhibits. I was there recently as a Volunteer for the Roanoke Harry Potter Fest. Great staff, friendly and informative.
  • Really fun most of the exhibits were for smaller children bit the butterfly garden was great.

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