Science Museum of Western Virginia

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Science Museum of Western Virginia
Science Museum of Western Virginia is located in Virginia
Science Museum of Western Virginia
Location within Virginia
LocationOne Market Square SE, 4th Floor
Roanoke, Virginia
Coordinates37°16′19″N 79°56′20″W / 37.2720°N 79.939°W / 37.2720; -79.939Coordinates: 37°16′19″N 79°56′20″W / 37.2720°N 79.939°W / 37.2720; -79.939
TypeScience museum

The Science Museum of Western Virginia is a science museum located in Roanoke, Virginia.[1] Exhibit themes include the environment and its health, healthy bodies, computer coding, the scientific method of engineering, and science through toys and amusements. The museum also features a maker space and a native pollinator garden with local butterflies.[2]

In partnership with Virginia Tech, the Science Museum of Western Virginia sponsors the annual Virginia Science Festival.[3]


The museum was chartered in January 1970 as the first science museum in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Originally housed in the 400 square foot basement of Cherry Hill, a multi-cultural center in South Roanoke, it moved in 1976 to the abandoned Tinker Creek School, a 3,000 square-foot building built during World War I.[4] In 1983 the museum moved into the Center in the Square,[5] a renovated large five-story warehouse in the city's downtown market district that opened as a multi-cultural center with other museums and non-profit organizations.


  1. ^ "Science Museum of Western Virginia". Retrieved 2017-11-22.
  2. ^ "Butterfly Garden at Science Museum of Western Virginia transitioning to an ecosystem". WSLS. October 11, 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Virginia Tech Science Festival - November 4, 2017 - Virginia Tech Campus and Downtown Blacksburg - Blacksburg, Virginia". Retrieved 2017-11-22.
  4. ^ "ABOUT". Science Museum of Western Virginia. Retrieved 2017-11-22.
  5. ^ "Official site". Center in the Square. Retrieved 21 December 2017.

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