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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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Small but impressive

We were pretty impressed with our visit to the Science Museum. It is on the small size compared to... read more

Reviewed 30 January 2017
Lynchburg, Virginia
via mobile
Fun That's Grown More Interactive

Fun two-story Museum in Center in the Square that has grown more interactive, particularly for... read more

Reviewed 20 November 2016
Roanoke, Virginia
via mobile
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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.
  • Excellent36%
  • Very good39%
  • Average18%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
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1 Market Sq SE, 4th Floor, Roanoke, VA 24011-1429
+1 540-342-5710
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Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

We were pretty impressed with our visit to the Science Museum. It is on the small size compared to other science museums we have visited but what they had was fun and educational. On the down side, I thought there were too many exhibits that...More

Thank mjcrac
Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Fun two-story Museum in Center in the Square that has grown more interactive, particularly for elementary age kids. Revised spaces now include a Makerspace, a coding space, and a large big blue blocks building area. Butterfly exhibit now included with regular admission. Large display of...More

Thank regiontravelreturns
Reviewed 20 October 2016

lots of interactive exhibits for the kids.They also have a rotating exhibit so there is always something new. The butterfly garden is well worth the extra charge

1  Thank Kerry P
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Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

The Science Museum is great for young children, although several of the exhibits were not working. Our daughter enjoys the touch tank and the bug/reptile exhibits & the butterfly garden (not a lot of butterflies to be seen, & a very limited variety). They have...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 6 July 2016

Love thing the kids here as there are always new adventures for the and lots of hands on learning. A must go if you have children even if you don't, you'll enjoy time spent here.

Thank Dorie H
Reviewed 27 June 2016

Last week I spent $45 to take my two granddaughters to the Science Museum for a few hours on a weekday afternoon. What we found was an old, tired out set of untended exhibits. After paying extra to go into the Butterfly Garden, we found...More

3  Thank LizattheLake
Reviewed 11 June 2016

Not a very big museum but was interesting. Didn't take long to see everything. It is located in a building with a number of other museums.

Thank richardderose
Reviewed 9 June 2016

The butterfly house is not as big as some I have visited, but it is still nice. Touch tanks are great. There is an areathat has many old arcade games that you can actually play for free. Lots of fun for my daughter and my...More

1  Thank LV2TRAVELMd
Reviewed 3 June 2016 via mobile

Relatively speaking, it cost a bit but we stayed forever, so it was worth it. Tons of stuff to look at and do. The touch tank was a big hit, we were there a long time. And the volunteer working it was so kind and...More

1  Thank Tammy B
Reviewed 6 May 2016

They ship in chrysalises from South America. Because they are not allowed to have the appropriate host plants, there is NO WAY for the butterflies to reproduce. They only live a few days or a few weeks, so they just keep importing more butterflies. It's...More

6  Thank eyelove2eat
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Brandy K
29 December 2016|
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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.