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Science Museum of Western Virginia

In association with the International Museum Institute of New York, the Science Museum of Western Virginia debuts on January 31 a new exhibit for our region: Dinosaurs & Fossils!  Drawn from the world’s foremost fossil collections, this treasury of 133 fossil casts brings together some of the most exciting finds in the history of paleontology.  Spanning 4.6 billion years in scope, from the earliest invertebrate marine life through the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous dinosaurs to mammals and prehistoric humans, this acclaimed collection dramatically illustrates the awesome story of prehistoric life on Earth.

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Science Museum members enjoy free admission to Dinosaurs & Fossils!   Exhibit is included in museum admission for non-members.

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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 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

Directions

Directions

  • 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
  • Gift Shop:
  • Restrooms:
  • 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," "Dinosaurs & Fossils!" 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.
Tours

Tours

  • Bus Parking:
  • 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

  • October 4, 2014 – May 2, 2015
  • 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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Join in for a fun science story and a take-home craft designed for your pre-schooler. Included with regular Science Museum admission! Come to the… View Details

DINOSAURS & FOSSILS!

  • January 31 – August 30, 2015
  • Address: One Market Square SE, Roanoke, VA 24011-1429
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
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In collaboration with the International Museum Institute of New York, we will debut on January 31 a new exhibit for our region: Dinosaurs &… View Details

A Night With Dinosaurs

  • May 1, 2015
  • Location: Science Museum of Western Virginia
  • Address: One Market Square SE, 4th floor, Roanoke, VA 24011-1429
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Spend a night in the Science Museum of Western Virginia and uncover all kinds of paleontology! We’ll dig around for fossils, make some of our… View Details

Virginia Science Festival - Roanoke

  • September 26, 2015
  • Location: Downtown Roanoke
  • Address: One Market Square SE, Roanoke, VA 24011
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For 2015, the Virginia Science Festival features a month-long SCIENCE PARTY beginning Sept. 26 and ending Oct. 30. Be part of the festival fun and… View Details


The Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau
101 Shenandoah Avenue NE | Roanoke, VA 24016
540-342-6025
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