Virginia Discovery Museum, Charlottesville

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Children’s Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
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Museum admission is valid all day, and visitors are welcome to come and go as they please until 5 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The Museum is handicap accessible.

General Admission

• Adults & Children: $8/Person

• Children Under 1: Free

• Museum Members ( Free

Discounted Admission

• AAA / AARP / Military (with Valid ID): $7.50/Person

• ACM Reciprocity ( $4/Person

• ASTC Reciprocity ( Free



The Museum is on a pedestrian mall and is conveniently located across from the Market Street Parking Garage and just three blocks from the Water Street Parking Garage. Enjoy two free hours of parking when you validate your parking ticket at the Museum's front desk.

GPS Addresses for the Parking Garages:

• Market Street Parking Garage (504 East Market St.)

• Water Street Parking Garage (200 East Water St.).

Learn more about garage hours and rates at



The Museum is located next to Charlottesville Area Transit's Downtown Station at 615 East Water St. To learn more about the free trolley as well as bus routes, schedules, fares, and special ridership programs, visit



• Sundays available for private rental only

• Holiday closings: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving day, Christmas Eve, Christmas day



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  • We came here with our Son in Law and four grandchildren ages 3 to 9. They all had a wonderful time. There are lots of hands on activities to keep everyone busy. There’s a bank, a medical center...  more »
  • It had been awhile since we had been to the Discovery museum but having our 2 year old granddaughter for the day we decided to do it again. Lots of new (to us) activities for young kids to do. From...  more »
  • My daughter & I had alot of fun here. They have a very attentive staff. Lots of cool hands on learning that's really fun. I definitely recommend this place to everyone with small children
  • We went on a Monday around 11am and the place was a complete madhouse. There should be a limit to the number of children allowed in at once. My three year old was totally overwhelmed and couldn't get a turn with the activities. We left and came back after lunch which did thin the crowd, but all the toys were scattered all over the place and we were having to track down the parts and pieces to everything because nothing was reorganized after the insanity of the morning. Do not recommend.

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