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The Virginia Discovery Museum is a resource for all children of our community. Children learn best in an inclusive environment where our differences are celebrated. As it has done for the past three decades, VDM will continue to serve the interests, needs and abilities of children of all backgrounds. We are committed to enabling our community's youngest members to play and learn together in a joyful, safe, and loving environment.

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Exploration through Play

The Virginia Discovery Museum is unique in Charlottesville in its child-centered focus. We celebrate intermingled exhibit pieces, messy art projects, spontaneous dance parties, and making new friends! The Museum follows a free-flowing, single-floor layout comprised of two main galleries and maintains 15 hands-on educational play areas over 6,000 square feet of exhibit space. There is no preset route to follow, so after checking in, families are invited to explore different areas together at their own pace and in any order they choose. Each exhibit is designed to engage children cognitively, physically, and socially, and our staff seeks to foster an environment in which there are just a few basic rules and children learn through exploratory and imaginative play and collaborative problem-solving.

Exhibits Map  |  Museum Rules & FAQs  |  Plan Your Visit

Front Gallery

Open 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday-Saturday

Back Gallery

Open 9:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m., Monday-Saturday
Creation Station Has Separate Hours