Extend Learning Beyond the Classroom
School classes and formally organized community groups enjoy reduced admission to the Virginia Discovery Museum, and VDM welcomes more than 1,500 visitors on field trips each year. With 15 interactive educational play areas in STEM, literacy, history, and art for preschoolers through middle elementary and a wide selection of add-on activities that align with Virginia SOLs, 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 Virginia Discovery Museum’s Sponsored Admission Program.
1) Choose Your Trip
VDM offers 2 trip types to help your group get the most out of its visit: a Basic Trip that includes one hour of educational play at the Museum and a Split Trip with the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library Central Branch that includes one hour of educational play at the Museum and a second hour to explore the library.*
*On Split Trips, large groups can be divided between the two locations during the first hour and trade places for the second hour, while smaller groups can start in one location then travel to the other.
2) Choose Add-Ons
a) Staff-Led Activity
Additional $4 per Child. Between 30-45 Minutes.
Complement your classroom lessons! Led by a Museum staff member, these group activities align with Virginia SOLs and can be customized to suit your group and schedule.
b) Additional Museum Playtime
Rate Determined by Group Size.
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.
3) Book a Date
Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance.
To book a Split Trip, you must contact both the Museum and the Library. Please have the following information ready when you book:
- Contact Name & Information
- Group Name
- Number & Age of Children
- Desired Date & Time
- Alternate Date & Time
- Add-On Options