Expand learning beyond the classroom through hands-on, educational play! School classes and formally organized community groups enjoy reduced admission to the Virginia Discovery Museum, and VDM welcomes more than 1,200 visitors on field trips each year. With 10 interactive exhibit areas in STEM, literacy, history, and art for preschoolers through middle elementary, the Museum facilitates a playful environment that encourages children to explore new skills and concepts, build resourcefulness, and develop focus and resilience.
Some organizations may qualify for an increased discount or free admission on Group Visits through the Museum’s Sponsored Admission Program.
Choose Your Trip
VDM’s Basic Trip includes a short orientation and one hour to explore the Museum exhibits. If you have a large group or want to extend your time downtown, VDM has partnered with the Jefferson Madison Regional Library’s Central Branch to also offer a Split Trip, which includes one hour of educational play at the Museum plus a personalized story time, library information session (when age-appropriate), and behind-the-scenes tour of the library during a second hour. Large groups can split up between the two locations and trade places for the second hour, while smaller groups can start in one location then travel to the other.
Choose Add-On Options
Add-On #1: Additional Museum Time
Stay and play longer! Groups can add additional Museum time to their visit in 30-minute increments. Rates are based on the total number of adults and children in the group.
Add-On #2: Themed Activity
Additional $4 per Child. Between 20-45 Minutes.
Complement your classroom lessons! Led by a Museum staff member, themed activities are inspired by VDM’s Traveling Trunks, align with Virginia SOLs, and can be customized to suit your group and schedule.
Book a Date
Group Visit reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance. Please have the following information ready when you book your trip: desired date and time, alternate date and time, number and age of children, group name, and the leader’s name and contact information. To book a Split Trip, you must contact both the Virginia Discovery Museum and the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library’s Central Branch.