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Science Museum of Virginia

Conduct experiments, enter a working laboratory and learn how to be environmentally friendly at this interactive science museum.

The Science Museum of Virginia has experiments, computer-animated games and artifacts across several floors. Five permanent exhibitions revolve around the environment, health, energy and space. Learn about renewable energy, watch a scientist dissect a cow’s eye and solve a crime. An IMAX theater screens documentaries on a screen ten times the size of a traditional cinema.

The Science Museum is in the Museum District northwest of Downtown. It is  housed in a neo-classical-style building, formally a train station with pillars and a domed roof.

Admission prices vary. Choose from a basic ticket, which only includes exhibitions, to an all-inclusive pass, with entry to the IMAX and Live Science demonstrations.
If you choose Live Science, you’ll be able to watch scientists demonstrating such feats as coaching rats to play basketball, and freezing metal with liquid nitrogen. Demonstration times vary, so pick up a timetable on your way in.

Watch a documentary on the 76-foot (23-meter) IMAX screen. Documentaries on anything from primates in Borneo to the Hubble telescope screen several times a day.

There are snakes, turtles, scorpions and cockroaches in the live animal exhibit. Peer down a microscope at even smaller creatures at an Eco Laboratory. Discover how much you would weigh on Mars, how much energy the world uses, and why some people can roll their tongue and others can’t.

The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday. There is plenty of free parking on-site or, if you’d prefer, catch the bus. Five services stop at Broad & Robinson, a short walk from the museum.

Make a day of it and visit the Children’s Museum of Richmond next door.


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Linden Row Inn

100 E Franklin St, Richmond
     
    4.2
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    Located in Downtown Richmond, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Virginia Repertory Theatre and Greater Richmond Convention Center. Virginia State Capitol and Museum of the Confederacy are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    The Jefferson Hotel $275
    The Jefferson Hotel

    The Jefferson Hotel

    101 West Franklin Street, Richmond
       
      4.9
      of 5, from 234 reviews
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      Located in Downtown Richmond, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Virginia Repertory Theatre, Greater Richmond Convention Center, and Virginia State Capitol. Museum of the Confederacy and Edgar Allan Poe Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

      Graduate Richmond $149
      Graduate Richmond

      Graduate Richmond

      301 West Franklin Street, Richmond
         
        4.5
        of 5, from 244 reviews
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        Located in Downtown Richmond, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of 1708 Gallery and Greater Richmond Convention Center. Virginia State Capitol and Museum of the Confederacy are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        The Berkeley Hotel $108
        The Berkeley Hotel

        The Berkeley Hotel

        1200 E Cary St, Richmond
           
          4.4
          of 5, from 1,043 reviews
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          Located in Downtown Richmond, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Richmond Old City Hall and Virginia State Capitol. Edgar Allan Poe Museum and Museum of the Confederacy are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          Stunning Mediterranean Monument Avenue Flat in the Heart of Rva's Fan District
          Stunning Mediterranean Monument Avenue Flat in the Heart of Rva's Fan District

          Stunning Mediterranean Monument Avenue Flat in the Heart of Rva's Fan District

          , Richmond
             
            5.0
            of 5, from 12 reviews
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            Located in the heart of Richmond, this property is within walking distance of Jefferson Davis Monument, Science Museum of Virginia, and Children's Museum of Richmond. Also nearby are Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Monument Avenue.

            Quirk Hotel $161
            Quirk Hotel

            Quirk Hotel

            201 W Broad St, Richmond
               
              4.5
              of 5, from 267 reviews
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              Located in Downtown Richmond, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Virginia Repertory Theatre and Richmond Coliseum. Valentine Richmond History Center is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) away.

              Clarion Hotel Central $47
              Clarion Hotel Central

              Clarion Hotel Central

              3207 N Boulevard, Richmond
                 
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                of 5, from 1,055 reviews
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                Located in the heart of Richmond, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Arthur Ashe Athletic Center and Children's Museum of Richmond. Science Museum of Virginia and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                The Commonwealth $159
                The Commonwealth

                The Commonwealth

                901 Bank St, Richmond
                   
                  4.5
                  of 5, from 33 reviews
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                  Located in Downtown Richmond, this hotel is steps from Richmond Old City Hall and Virginia State Capitol. Museum of the Confederacy and Greater Richmond Convention Center are also within 15 minutes.