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Virginia Science Museum

The hands-on Virginia Science Museum allows visitors to touch, feel, observe and explore the impact of science on their lives, covering everything from astronomy to computers, and crystals to flight engineering. Permanent exhibitions include Foucault's Pendulum, Gravity Alley, Electriworks, Watt Wall, and the fun Imagination Playground; while live demonstrations are given daily on each level: Level One has programmes aimed at younger children, while the Levels Two and Three demonstrations include animal dissections. Other special events are held regularly, with schedules available on the website. The Science Museum is housed in a soaring historic building, the former Broad Street Station designed in 1919 by John Russell Pope. The fascinating and fun museum is complemented by a 275-seat Ethyl Universe Planetarium and Space Theatre that screens Omnimax films on the domed screen, as well as providing multimedia planetarium shows.

Address: 2500 West Broad Street

Website: www.smv.org

Telephone: (804) 864 1400

Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday, 9:30am to 5pm; Sunday 11:30am to 5pm.

Admission: Exhibits $11 adults, $10 children; IMAX $9; both $16 adults and $15 children. Special exhibitions charge additional fees.