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General Info

Mission:

The Virginia Discovery Museum brings young children and families together to engage minds, excite imaginations and explore the world around them.

 

Admission:
$6 per person, all ages (under 1 year old free)
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Museum Members: Free
ASTC Reciprocal Members: Free

ACM Reciprocal Members: Half Price
$0.50 AAA discount per person with card

$0.50 AARP discount per person with card

$0.50 Military discount per person with valid id
Handicapped Accessible

Free Admission:

  • Arc of Piedmont
  • Big Siblings (Madison House)
  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Blue Ridge
  • CYFS (Children, Youth, and Family Services)
  • CYFS (Compass Youth and Family Services)
  • CHIP Family
  • Community Attention Foster Families (CAFF)
  • Family Preservation Services
  • Infant Toddler
  • International Rescue Committee
  • International Women’s Group
  • Medicaid
  • Monticello Area Community Action Agency (MACAA)
  • People Places
  • Region X
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Shelter for Help and Emergency in Cville
  • UVA Children’s Hospital
  • Virginia Institute of Autism

Free Group / Field Trip Admission

  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Bright Stars
  • Charlottesville Preschool Program
  • Free/Reduced Lunch 
  • Head Start

Photos:
The Virginia Discovery Museum (VDM) occasionally uses photographs from exhibits and programs for educational and promotional purposes.  With admission to VDM or participation in a VDM program, you grant permission for photographs of you and your dependents to be used for those purposes.  Names will not be published.  If you do not consent and wish to opt out of this policy, please inquire at the front desk or call 434-977-1025.

Parking:
Two hours free parking at Market Street Parking Garage (5th & Market) or Water Street Parking Garage (3rd & Water) with museum validation. Have ticket stamped at front desk.
NOTE: GPS address for the Market Street Parking Garage is 500 East Market Street.

Directions:
From Interstate 64: Take Exit 120 (5th Street) and head north towards Charlottesville. Go 2.3 miles to the 6th traffic light (Intersection of Preston, McIntire and East Market) and take a right onto East Market (just past McDonald's). Go 7 blocks to the Parking Garage entrance on your right. Take the Main Street elevator to the ground level. The Museum is across the brick pedestrian mall to the left, opposite the US Post Office. We will validate your parking ticket for two free hours of parking.

From Monticello: From Route 20 South (Monticello), take I-64 West to next exit (Exit 120-5th Street) and follow directions above.

From Route 29 North: Exit onto Route 250 East Bypass (toward Richmond). Go to 3rd traffic light (1.8 miles), turn right onto McIntire Road. Bear left at the first light. At the second traffic light turn left onto Preston Avenue, which immediately becomes Market Street. Go 7 blocks to the Parking Garage entrance on your right (at 6th Street). Take the Main Street elevator to the ground level. The Museum is across the brick pedestrian mall to the left, opposite the US Post Office. We will validate your parking ticket for two free hours of parking!

From Route 29 South: Exit onto I-64 East (toward Richmond). Take Exit 120 (5th Street) and head north towards Charlottesville. Go 2.3 miles to the 6th traffic light (Intersection of Preston, McIntire and East Market) and take a right onto Preston Avenue (which immediately becomes East Market, just past McDonald's). Go 7 blocks to the Parking Garage entrance on your right (at 6th Street). Take the Main Street elevator to the ground level. The Museum is across the brick pedestrian mall to the left, opposite the US Post Office. We will validate your parking ticket for two free hours of parking!

From 250 East & West: Exit 250 at McIntire Road. Follow directions above (from 29 North) from McIntire Road.

Location:
East End of the Downtown Mall
Post Office Box 1128
Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 977-1025
FAX (434) 977-9681
For email inquiries, please click on the Contact Us link above

Hours:

Monday - Saturday, 10:00am-5:00pm

Closed Sundays

Closed for select holidays:

New Year's Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, the day before Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Don't forget . . . we are often
open when schools are closed on Snow Days! Just call the Museum before heading out.

Please try to use public transportation (Call 296-RIDE) or just walk to get here.

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