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Science Museum of Western Virginia & Hopkins Planetarium

Closed Now: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Open today: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
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Nice little science museum

Our family has been to this museum many times. It is a nice little place with a beautiful butterfly... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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My child had a great time.

Although the place is smaller then many others that we have visited, my child had a wonderful time... read more

Reviewed January 6, 2019
Raleigh, North Carolina
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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...more
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1 Market Sq SE, 4th Floor, Roanoke, VA 24011-1429
+1 540-342-5710
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our family has been to this museum many times. It is a nice little place with a beautiful butterfly garden. Not a ton to do here and it is usually only a half day kind of activity. Still a fun place to check out.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed January 6, 2019

Although the place is smaller then many others that we have visited, my child had a wonderful time. There was also a farmers market occurring while we were there, which added to the fun!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank foodie412
Reviewed September 3, 2018

I would rate this a three, but my grandchildren (ages 9 and 11) thought it was great. A lot of the exhibits were out of order or closed. The children loved all the interactive models and exhibits. They especially loved the computer area. I thought...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank yodab
Reviewed August 24, 2018 via mobile

A disappointment. Small, few exhibits, several exhibits not functioning, and many boring exhibits. The Monarch Butterfly exhibit was no more than wall of some real and some fake butterflies on a wall. The live aquatic water exhibit only had only 3-4 small little creatures (poor...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank lsmcleodsimmons
Reviewed July 22, 2018 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

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank 323aprilc
Reviewed July 12, 2018

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.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Deana G
Reviewed June 16, 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.

Date of experience: June 2018
3  Thank Jackalcall
Reviewed May 12, 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

Date of experience: June 2017
2  Thank Carolee S
Reviewed April 17, 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

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank CavaHoo22
Reviewed March 6, 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

Date of experience: March 2018
5  Thank Doug S
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Response from Kim H | Reviewed this property |
If your child enjoys making things and being creative or very much enjoys video games, 3 hours.