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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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Graduate Richmond

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4.5
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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).

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Linden Row Inn

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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).

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The Jefferson Hotel

The Jefferson Hotel

101 West Franklin Street, Richmond
4.9
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4.5 out of 5.0

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).

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The Berkeley Hotel

The Berkeley Hotel

1200 E Cary St, Richmond
4.4
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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).

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

2502 Monument Ave, Richmond
5.0
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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 Virginia Historical Society.

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Quirk Hotel

Quirk Hotel

201 W Broad St, Richmond
4.5
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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.

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Clarion Hotel Central

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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).

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The Commonwealth

The Commonwealth

901 Bank St, Richmond
4.5
of 5, from 6 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.