Science Museum of Virginia

2500 W Broad St
Richmond VA  23220

Phone: (804) 864-1400

The Science Museum of Virginia is a science museum located in Richmond, Virginia. Established in 1970, it is an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is housed in the former Broad Street Station, built in 1919.HistoryEarly proposalsIn 1906, the Virginia General Assembly approved funds for the construction of a simple "exhibits center" to display mineral and timber exhibits being assembled for the Jamestown Exposition of 1907. After the exposition ended, many of the items were moved to Richmond's Capitol Square. The "State Museum" as it came to be known opened in 1910, adding displays of natural historical specimens from a variety of state agencies to its collection over the years.In 1942, the General Assembly created a study commission to consider establishing an official State science museum. That commission succeeded in endorsing the creation of a "Virginia Museum of Science" in 1943. The fiscal restraints and pressing concerns of World War II - and the recession which followed it - prevented the General Assembly from taking further action. In 1946, the General Assembly suspended work on a State science museum awaiting appropriate space and funds.By 1964, the General Assembly resumed the project of a "State Museum". A new study was commissioned, and once again, the establishment of a "museum of science, archaeology, and natural history" was proposed, but this measure died in the committee. Shortly thereafter, the museum's displays and collections in the basement of the state's Financial Building were gradually disassembled and their collections were dispersed to various State universities.

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Categories: History Museum, Landmark, Local Service, Museum, Tourist Attraction

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Tue: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wed: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thu: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Fri: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sat: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: 11:30 am - 5:00 pm



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Past Events

Science on Tap 2016

Science on Tap 2016
02:00 pm - 05/07/2016

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Science on Tap Science. Craft Beer. Music. 5.7.15 2:00PM-6:00PM Rain or shine Science Museum of Virginia 2500 West Broad Street Pre-sale tickets and sponsorships...

Heroes Art Ball

Heroes Art Ball
07:00 pm - 05/06/2016

At Science Museum of Virginia

Celebrate the inspirational lives of children who are bravely battling cancer and the community of heroes who support them. The 6th Annual Heroes Art Ball is presented...

Bon Voyage: Your Passport to the World

Bon Voyage: Your Passport to the World
06:30 pm - 05/03/2016

At Science Museum of Virginia

We look forward to sending you off in style! Celebrate your academic success with the Class of 2016 at Bon Voyage: Your Passport to the World! Unlimited food,...

3x60 Video Festival at The Dome

3x60 Video Festival at The Dome
06:00 pm - 04/28/2016

At Science Museum of Virginia

4:30 - 5:15PM: Welcome featuring the VCU pep band, "The Peppas" 5:15 - 5:30PM: Announcement of faculty nominated Art Foundation Outstanding Student Achievement...

4th Annual Coaches' Cook-Off

4th Annual Coaches' Cook-Off
06:00 pm - 04/21/2016

At Science Museum of Virginia

Benefiting The Positive Vibe Foundation Attend one of Richmond's most delicious events on April 21st at 6:00PM to watch UR's Chris Mooney battle it out with VCU's...

2016 Richmond Heart Ball

2016 Richmond Heart Ball
06:00 pm - 04/16/2016

At Science Museum of Virginia

A Celebration of creating and sharing. Our evening celebrates: our work and mission; our donors and volunteers; and — most importantly — the lives saved and...

24th Annual St. Edward-Epiphany School Auction

24th Annual St. Edward-Epiphany School Auction
07:00 pm - 04/09/2016

At Science Museum of Virginia

This year’s theme, “EXPERIENCE VIRGINIA,” will be a gala-style event with amazing Virginia food and beverages, a live band, and exciting Virginia experiences...

Science Behind the Law at the Virginia Science Museum

Science Behind the Law at the Virginia Science Museum
02:00 pm - 03/23/2016

At Science Museum of Virginia

Dr. R. Christian Jones and Ms. Margaret (Peggy) Sanner, Esq. will visit the Science Museum of Virginia on March 23, 2016, from 2:00 – 5:00 pm, to explain the science...

See Crossroads At Richmond Christmas Parade

See Crossroads At Richmond Christmas Parade
10:00 am - 12/05/2015

At Science Museum of Virginia

The parade kicks off the traditional Christmas season in and around metropolitan Richmond. Start your holiday season by attending the 32nd annual Dominion Christmas...

Craft + Design Show

Craft + Design Show
11:00 am - 11/21/2015

At Science Museum of Virginia

2 days of shopping + 60 artisans + beer and wine The Visual Arts Center of Richmond celebrates its 51st Anniversary at the Craft + Design Show on Saturday, November...

Living Ethics: Changing It Up: Defining, Creating and Sustaining Change

Living Ethics: Changing It Up: Defining, Creating and Sustaining Change
06:30 pm - 10/21/2015

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The Science Mueseum of Virginia will be welcoming Dr. David Kitchen and Dr. Connie Roser-Renouf to present What’s the Fuss About? Climate Change Science and Public...

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