Group Visits

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.

Before You Book  |  Choose Your Trip  |  Choose Add-Ons  |  Book a Date


Monday through Friday
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

At least two weeks’ notice to receive the Group Rate.

Group Size

Children: 6 to 40

Required Chaperones:
1 per 3 Kids (Under 3)
1 per 5 Kids (Ages 3+)

Max. Size: 50 People


Group Rate:
$6 per Person
(Adults & Children)

Required Chaperones:
Free. Insufficient number of adults incurs a fee.

Some organizations may qualify for an increased discount or free admission on Group Visits through the Virginia Discovery Museum’s Sponsored Admission Program.

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Questions? Visit Group Visits Rules & FAQs, call (434) 977-1025 x106, or email

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.

Bus Map

Suggested locations for drop-off, parking, and pick-up.

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Central Library

Easy 5-minute walk from VDM for even the littlest legs.

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Lunch Spots

Nearby areas for your group to enjoy a bite to eat.

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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.


Per Half Hour
(Under 20 People)


Per Half Hour
(20 to 34 People)


Per Half Hour
(35 to 50 People)

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
Virginia Discovery Museum

Phone: (434) 977-1025 x102

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Central Library

Phone: (434) 979-7151 x3

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