The reinvented Science Museum reopened May 18, 2013, following a dramatic $30 million renovation of its home in Center in the Square.
Our expanded galleries -- Healthy Bodies, Healthy Earth, and How It Works! -- feature exciting, interactive exhibits. We also offer an innovative Open Lab, a dedicated space for pre-schoolers, and a spectacular live butterfly garden.
Chartered in 1970 as the first science museum in Virginia, we make science and technology accessible to all people by being an outstanding institution that ignites life-long learning. The Science Museum is among fewer than 5% of museums in the U.S. nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
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.