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Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum

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Address: 19 W Cork St, Winchester, VA 22601-4749
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+1 540-722-2020
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

Our mission at the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum is to ignite...

Our mission at the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum is to ignite creativity, spark curiosity and inspire learning in visitors of all ages by providing a rich variety of interactive, hands-on exhibits and programs that focus on the sciences and mathematics, the humanities, and the arts.All exhibits, activities and experiences provided by the Discovery Museum adhere to the following philosophical guidelines:Exhibits, activities and programs are interactive, participatory and informal, and give visitors opportunities to experiment, have fun playing, use their imaginations and share ideas.Visitors are engaged at their own level of expertise and experience.Activities and programs are multi-sensory, authentic, honest, and factual.The Museum works in a spirit of cooperation and partnership with educational, cultural, governmental and community organizations.

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Colorful Adventure.

It was a great adventure, it started out rainy, No Worries we were inside by the time we got to rooftop the sun was out. All enjoyed it even my 34 year old son. I do have to say... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Westminster, Maryland
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Westminster, Maryland
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It was a great adventure, it started out rainy, No Worries we were inside by the time we got to rooftop the sun was out. All enjoyed it even my 34 year old son. I do have to say the rooftop was a little scary for me. I am afraid of heights.

Thank aaplunk
Baltimore, Maryland
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40 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

We stopped here before dinner on a Friday. We did arrive late as our previous attraction kept us much longer than we anticipate. We had 1.5 hours to explore it. My boys are 5 and 8 and enjoyed it. The employees were very helpful and explained different areas of the museum or gave us suggestions for parking and eateries. Each... More 

Thank VanessaW
Winchester, Virginia
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Worth your time to visit. This is a very interesting place to visit with family, friends and associates,

Thank vetsax1
Winchester, Virginia
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

I went to the Discovery Center with my two youngest grandchildren (ages 6 and 4). The Center is a new version of the former Center on the Loudoun Street walking mall. All the whimsy and creativity of the former location is still there, but the new Center has a great deal more space, allowing for new exhibits and less "crunch".... More 

Thank John Z
Earlysville, Virginia
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21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017

This was awesome. The gardens are just beautiful! The tour of inside the house is new and beautiful! The museum has great displays. Time and money well spent!

Thank mfkeeg
Ryan H, Public Relations Manager at Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, responded to this review

We appreciate the great rating MFKeeg, but we think you meant to review the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley also located in Winchester VA. Don't worry, it happens often :) More 

Manassas, Virginia
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15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

We visited the museum on a Friday & it was very helpful to view the websites calendar to see when they were scheduled to have large groups come so we could plan around it. Bring an extra tshirt for after the fun water table on level 2! NO STROLLERS ALLOWED, they have to be checked at the door, so plan... More 

Thank HeatherLB
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33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

The museum is a fun place to entertain kids for a few hours. I took my 10 and 12 year old boys and they actually were entertained for about 1.5hrs. It's a small building but the exhibits are interesting, fun and educational. We'd go back but I think they may be getting too old for it. It's geared more for... More 

Thank Wishing2travel4life
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
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43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

We recently attend their Friday Evening event for Special Needs Children. The staff were very accommodating. We received a Map of the Museum with special sensory areas denoted. The children had fun even my teens enjoyed the night with the Animal Services Group and activities. Thank you for offering this event!

Thank Tracey P
Ryan H, Public Relations Manager at Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review, Tracey P.! Special Night for Special Needs is made possible every quarter through our amazing, local sponsors. Make sure you keep an eye on our website for upcoming events and activities. More 

Winchester, Virginia
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Superb museum full of quality displays rich with detail and background - in fact we visit at least once a quarter because the cafe is excellent

Thank SkiTech
Ryan H, Public Relations Manager at Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, responded to this review

Hi SkiTech! Thank you for your review, but we are afraid you may have written about our friends at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum does not have a cafe. If you have little ones we'd love for you to come visit us as well! More 

South Bend, Indiana
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275 reviews
84 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

We drove over from Manassas to this fun place. It's a great hands-on museum for kids of all ages. Four floors of interactive fun a block from the Old Town promenade. Friendly staff encourage the kids to touch, feel and explore everything "except the elevator buttons." Various supervised activities for the kids throughout the day. Call ahead and find out... More 

Thank Ken L
Ryan H, Public Relations Manager at Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, responded to this review

Thank you Ken! It sounds like you had a blast at the Discovery Museum! We are glad to hear that your whole family found it enjoyable. We hope that you will make the drive from Manassas again in the near future! More 

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