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Science Museum of Western Virginia & Hopkins Planetarium

1 Market Sq SE, 4th Floor, Roanoke, VA 24011-1429
+1 540-342-5710
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Grandchildren had fun

We were totally taken back by the expense of the admission tickets. The concept of the museum was... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Carolee S
Very educational and hand-on for children 4-12 years old.

Several different hands-on activities for a variety of age groups. It's not the greatest museum by... read more

Reviewed April 17, 2018
CavaHoo22
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Roanoke, Virginia
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Fun for the whole family, the Science Museum of Western Virginia features a tropical butterfly garden filled with butterflies from around the world; fun and interactive exhibits exploring Healthy Bodies, Healthy Earth and How It Works; live animals and the popular "FROGS"; the Living River & Touch Tank; and amazing traveling exhibits such as "TUTANKHAMUN: Wonderful Things From The Pharaoh's Tomb," running June 14-Dec. 31, 2014.
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  • Average16%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible1%
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1 Market Sq SE, 4th Floor, Roanoke, VA 24011-1429
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were totally taken back by the expense of the admission tickets. The concept of the museum was not explained by the ticket window and as a result we bought "tickets" for floors not interesting to our granddaughters ages 8 and 5. Yes, we were...More

Thank Carolee S
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Reviewed 17 April 2018

Several different hands-on activities for a variety of age groups. It's not the greatest museum by any means, but definitely worth a visit. They have a room where kids are able to create their own projects and designs, which is great for creativity. They also...More

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Reviewed 6 March 2018

In the simplest terms this place was a total rip-off. Visited during a brief family holiday in Roanoke and we were attracted by the prominent signs for a “butterfly habitat” and a “planetarium” at the ground floor main entrance level. Purchased (what proved to be...More

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Reviewed 26 February 2018 via mobile

I've just visited the science museum and i wished i was a child. Its so nice for adults but it amazing for kids. If you have a kid you have to bring your kid to this museum. It's fantastic.

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Reviewed 19 November 2017

Good option for "science play" with kids, particularly elementary-aged kids. Several play/make areas (Toy Joy with very large "Lego"-type bricks, "blue blocks" for large building, attractive maker space, "The Bubble" sensory-friendly play area). Nice touch tank with effective explanations. After multiple visits, still wish museum...More

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Reviewed 18 November 2017

This is a terrific museum, especially for young children, although we seniors enjoyed it also. The museum is in the Center in the Square building in downtown Roanoke. Everything is fun, from the open refrigerator with a checkout scanner to the ocean creatures you can...More

Thank GG12014
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Reviewed 8 September 2017

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 indicate what is in the building, walked passed it...More

Thank Marc L
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

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!

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Reviewed 4 August 2017

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 contained on two floors. It is very...More

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Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

We believe in supporting our hometown science museum and still think it is worth your time. It's grown more interactive with maker spaces and a wonderful coding playroom but has given us a chillier reception on most recent visits--staff has seemed more disinterested. Good playful...More

Thank regiontravelreturns
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Response from regiontravelreturns | Reviewed this property |
If your child enjoys making things and being creative or very much enjoys video games, 3 hours.
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