The Science Museum of Western Virginia

We are open 7 days a week.
Monday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm
Sunday, 1-5 pm

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Our Exhibits


Shoulders of Giants staircase

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 a serene water feature.

Healthy Bodies Gallery

See what lies under our skin through a one-of-a-kind “plastinated” human specimen. “Eww, What’s Eating You?” is our carnival-themed exhibit featuring all the critters that can live on — and inside — you. Eww.

Healthy Earth Gallery

Healthy lives depend on healthy environments. Explore our world through the wonder of OmniGlobe. Become an on-air meteorologist in our Weather Studio. Study up close — even hold in your hands! — horseshoe crabs, sea stars and more along our Living River Boardwalk and live animal touch tank.


Open Lab

Choose from two dozen science experiments that you can perform with your friends or family in an inviting, safe and controlled environment.

Children’s Curiosity Corner

Your preschooler will love our reading corner, activities and games — even a fun fossil dig! — all designed for kids five and younger.

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