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The Virginia Discovery Museum

Located on the Downtown Mall this museum is for families with infants and children up to age 8


The Virginia Discovery museum, located in the Historic Downtown Mall, is dedicated to children eight-years-old and younger. Here in this small, nonprofit, museum parents can guide their children in gaining knowledge through practical activities and creative discovery. The Virginia Discovery Museum is not only dedicated to providing a diverse learning environment for children in the community but welcomes visitors from all over the world. 

The museum strives to cater to the individual interests, abilities and needs of each child, by implementing a variety of educational programs, and dedicated events. This includes exhibitions, activities and activities that are tailored to match the Virginia Standards of Learning and can be adjusted to fit any level of learning. 

Families can enjoy all-day entry to the Museum. Pay when you arrive, then come and go as much as you wish until the museum closes at 5:00 pm. Keep your receipt as it serves as your ticket for re-entry. Please note visitors must have one adult for every four children. 


Artists Playground

Young artists five-years-old and up can participate in this multi-class series and explore the basics of different artistic mediums. Children will have the opportunity to create a new art piece in each week’s class.

Party and Rentals

Parents can schedule semi-private or fully private birthday parties, small-group playdates, and private events at the museum. Parties include the Creation Station party room plus access to both Museum galleries.


Check out the museum’s annual events calendar. Starting with Kid Vention, an annual celebration of science. Then there is the Boo Bash held every October. And finally, the Holly Days, the annual Family Winter Festival.
Tuesday 9:30 - 5
Wednesday 9:30 - 5
Thursday 9:30 - 5
Friday 9:30 - 5
Saturday 9:30 - 5


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The Virginia Discovery Museum
524 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 977-1025