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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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Ok to waste time while downtown

1. It's an interesting set up. Don't waste your time looking for a specific building because it's... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
April C
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Johnson City, Tennessee
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Nice little museum

We were in town visiting friends and stopped in. Nice little science museum in the Center in the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Deana G
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Milwaukee, United States
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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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  • Very good40%
  • Average18%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible1%
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1 Market Sq SE, 4th Floor, Roanoke, VA 24011-1429
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

1. It's an interesting set up. Don't waste your time looking for a specific building because it's in a building that houses several different establishments. The entrance to the building has the fish tanks that include jelly fish, clown fish, blue tanks, and others. You...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were in town visiting friends and stopped in. Nice little science museum in the Center in the Square. My daughter especially loved the living river and insect exhibits.

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Reviewed 16 June 2018

High price for a bunch of non functioning exhibits, double check on the butterfly exhibit and the planetarium to see if they are operating before paying the price. There is still some fun stuff there but much of the museum needs repair.

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Reviewed 12 May 2018

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

2  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

1  Thank CavaHoo22
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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

4  Thank Doug S
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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.

1  Thank Oğuz Emre Ç
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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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Brandy K
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If your child enjoys making things and being creative or very much enjoys video games, 3 hours.
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