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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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Lodging Near Science Museum of Virginia

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Clarion Hotel Central $47
Clarion Hotel Central

Clarion Hotel Central

3207 N Boulevard, Richmond
     
    3.1
    of 5, from 1,091 reviews
    3.0 out of 5.0

    Located in the heart of Richmond, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Diamond and Children's Museum of Richmond. Science Museum of Virginia and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts are also within 2 mi (3 km).

    Graduate Richmond $129
    Graduate Richmond

    Graduate Richmond

    301 West Franklin Street, Richmond
       
      4.5
      of 5, from 299 reviews
      3.5 out of 5.0

      Located in Downtown Richmond, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Broad Street and Greater Richmond Convention Center. Virginia State Capitol and Museum of the Confederacy are also within 1 mi (2 km).

      Quirk Hotel $161
      Quirk Hotel

      Quirk Hotel

      201 W Broad St, Richmond
         
        4.5
        of 5, from 294 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        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.

        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 15 reviews
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          Located in Fan District, this condo building is within a 5-minute walk of Monument Avenue and Science Museum of Virginia. Children's Museum of Richmond and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts are also within 15 minutes.

          Linden Row Inn $107
          Linden Row Inn

          Linden Row Inn

          100 E Franklin St, Richmond
             
            4.2
            of 5, from 1,589 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Located in Downtown Richmond, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Broad Street and Greater Richmond Convention Center. Virginia State Capitol and Museum of the Confederacy are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            The Commonwealth $139
            The Commonwealth

            The Commonwealth

            901 Bank St, Richmond
               
              4.6
              of 5, from 68 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Located in Downtown Richmond, this hotel is steps from Central Business District and Virginia State Capitol. Museum of the Confederacy and Greater Richmond Convention Center are also within 15 minutes.

              Diamond Inn and Suites
              Diamond Inn and Suites

              Diamond Inn and Suites

              1600 Robin Hood Road, Richmond
                 
                2.7
                of 5, from 108 reviews
                2.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in Richmond, this motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of The Diamond, Children's Museum of Richmond, and Science Museum of Virginia. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Virginia Commonwealth University are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                The Jefferson Hotel $275
                The Jefferson Hotel

                The Jefferson Hotel

                101 West Franklin Street, Richmond
                   
                  4.9
                  of 5, from 261 reviews
                  4.5 out of 5.0

                  Located in Downtown Richmond, this family-friendly Richmond hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Broad Street and Greater Richmond Convention Center. Virginia State Capitol and Museum of the Confederacy are also within 1 mi (2 km).