Plan Your Visit
We’re glad you’ve decided to visit the Virginia Discovery Museum! We are Charlottesville’s only nonprofit children’s museum and welcome more than 52,000 visitors each year. For more than 25 years, VDM has provided enrichment opportunities in literacy, science, math, and the arts for families with newborns to age 8 through interactive exhibits, exploratory and imaginative play environments, and educational programs. The Museum also hosts several annual community events, including Kid*Vention, an elementary-aged science fair, and the Discovery Dash, a children’s track race focused on health and wellness.
Location & Hours of Operation
Phone: (434) 977-1025
Fax: (434) 977-9681
Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday (June-August 2017). Sundays and evenings available for party and event rentals.
Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
- $8 per person, all ages
- Child under 1 year: Free
- VDM Members: Free
- ASTC Members: Free with valid card
- ACM Members: Half price with valid card
- AAA, AARP, Military Families: $0.50 discount per person with valid card
- Sponsored Admission Program
Every first Wednesday of the month is Pay What You Wish at the Museum! Sponsored by Wegmans Charlottesville, this monthly admission program waives the Museum’s normal entrance fee for all visitors. In lieu of paying admission on Wegmans Wednesdays, visitors are invited to make a donation to help support the Museum’s exhibits and programming if they would like. Just like regular Museum visits, families enjoy all-day entrance to VDM on Wegmans Wednesdays and may come and go as they please from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Parking & Directions
The Market Street garage is conveniently located directly across from the Museum along Charlottesville’s downtown pedestrian mall, and the Water Street garage is located about three blocks away. Enjoy two hours free parking at either garage when you have your ticket stamped at the Museum’s front desk.
All listed directions are to the Market Street Garage (GPS: 504 East Market St.).
For directions to the Water Street Garage, use GPS: 248 East Water St.
- From Interstate 64
- From U.S. Route 29
- From U.S. 250 Bypass
*From Market Street Garage, take the Main Street elevator to the ground level; the Museum is across the brick pedestrian mall to the left, next to the antique kiddie carousel.
The Museum is conveniently located next to the Downtown Transit Station and Visitors Center. Visit Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) for more information about the Free Trolley that travels through Downtown and UVA and to learn more about CAT’s other routes and affordable fares.