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Science Museum of Western Virginia


The Science Museum will feature Tutankhamun: Wonderful Things from the Pharaoh's Tomb from June 14, 2014 through January 4, 2015.

This dazzling collection of reproductions of Tutankhamun’s legendary treasures recreates the richest archaeological find of all time by Howard Carter. Ten years in the making from the artisans of the Pharaonic Village in Egypt, the popular touring exhibit depicts the life and times of one of history’s most legendary kings through 124 faithful replicas of King Tut’s sacred and personal possessions, including his state chariot, golden shrines, beds, thrones, jewelry, magnificent funerary mask, mummy case and royal mummy.

The reinvented Science Museum reopened May 18, 2013, following a dramatic $30 million renovation of its home in Center in the Square. The museum now features the Living River & Touch Tank, tropical butterfly garden, and interactive exhibits, including the all new FROGS!, as well as an innovative Open Lab and a dedicated space for preschoolers.

The Butterfly Garden
The crowning jewel of the reinvented Science Museum, the Butterfly Garden offers the opportunity to interact with live butterflies from around the world – some with wingspans of 8 inches! – in an enclosed picturesque setting of lush plants and more than 20 species of orchids.

Butterfly Garden at Science Museum of Western Virginia



  • Major Access Routes: I-581, US 220
  • Miles from I-81: 5
  • Directions: The Science Museum is located in Center in the Square in Downtown Roanoke.
Things to Do

Things to Do

  • Admission Rates: Please call or visit website.
  • Sunday Hours: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Monday Hours: 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday Hours: 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday Hours: 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday Hours: 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Friday Hours: 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday Hours: 10:00am -5:00pm
  • Holidays Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas
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  • Credit Card Types Accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express
  • Handicap Accessible: Yes, elevator, restrooms, ramps & reserved seating
  • Additional Information: Our reinvented Science Museum features exciting, interactive exhibits in new galleries: "Healthy Bodies," "Healthy Earth," "Tutankhamun," "FROGS!" and "How It Works!" We also offer an innovative Open Lab, Children's Curiosity Corner for pre-schoolers, the Living River and Touch Tank and a spectacular butterfly garden.


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  • Group Rates - Adults: $8 + $4.00 for Butterfly Garden
  • Group Rates - Seniors: $8 + $4.00 for Butterfly Garden
  • Group Rates - Students: $7 + $3 for Butterfly Garden
  • Special Events for Groups:
  • Special Group Programs for Students:
  • Special Tour Package Details: Groups of 15 or more receive discounts on admission. Please call ahead for details: 540-342-5710.

Storybook Science

  • Starting April 5, 2014
  • Location: Science Museum of Western Virginia
  • Address: One Market Square SE, Roanoke, VA 24011-1429
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st Saturday
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Designed for preschoolers, STORYBOOK SCIENCE features a story time and take-home craft. Storybook Science is free for Science Museum members, and… View Details

TUTANKHAMUN: Wonderful Things from the Pharaoh’s Tomb

  • June 14, 2014 – January 4, 2015
  • Address: One Market Square SE, Roanoke, VA 24011-1429
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
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Experience the life and death of one of history’s most legendary kings in TUTANKHAMUN: Wonderful Things from the Pharaoh’s Tomb. This… View Details

Butterflies at 5PM at the Science Museum

  • September 12, 2014
  • Location: Science Museum of Western Virginia
  • Address: One Market Square, Roanoke, VA 24011
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Butterflies@5 for 2014 Butterflies@5 offers an exclusive after-hours experience in our Butterfly Garden, complete with your own butterfly release!… View Details

Virginia's First Annual Science Festival

  • October 04 – 11, 2014
  • Location: Blacksburg and Roanoke
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
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The Virginia Science Festival is a large-scale, highly visible outdoor event that provides opportunity for engagement and exchange between children,… View Details


  • October 24 – 25, 2014
  • Address: One Market Square SE, Roanoke, VA 24011-1429
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Join our family-friendly Halloween event! - Costume Contest at 6:30 pm each night - Evil Genius Science Demos - Spooky Snacks & Beastly Brew -… View Details

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