Summer Hours: Mon-Sat, 9:30 am-5:00 pm

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  |  Admission  |  Wegmans Wednesdays  |  Parking & Directions  |  Take the Bus

Location & Hours of Operation

Summer Hours
Enjoy an extra half-hour of educational play each morning this summer as the Virginia Discovery Museum opens at 9:30 a.m. instead of 10:00 from June to August 2017.

East End of the Historic Downtown Mall
524 East Main St.
Charlottesville, VA 22902
(Parking & Directions)

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.

General Admission

  • $8 per person, all ages
  • Child under 1 year: Free
  • VDM Members: Free

Discounted Admission

  • 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

Wegmans Wednesdays

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 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.

Public Transportation

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.

Take the Bus!