Plan Your Visit
Explore, imagine, and more at the best hands-on discovery spot in Charlottesville for families with newborns to children age 8! The Virginia Discovery Museum is the city’s only nonprofit children’s museum and welcomes more than 55,000 visitors each year. For more than 25 years, VDM has provided enrichment opportunities in literacy, science, math, and the arts through interactive exhibits, exploratory and imaginative play environments, and educational programs. The Museum also hosts several annual community events, including our Kid*Vention science fair in February and our Discovery Dash children’s track race in May.
Pay once and enjoy all-day admission! Visitors may come and go from VDM as much as they please until the Museum closes at 5:00 p.m., and your receipt is your ticket for re-entry. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times, and visitors must have one adult for every three children under 3 and one adult for every five children 3 and older. Visiting the Museum with a school class or other formally organized community group? Reservations are required for large groups, so check out our Group Visits page for more information about booking a trip.
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Parking & Directions
Starting Oct. 1, 2017, the Museum will validate parking only at the Market Street Garage. Receive two hours free parking when you ask for a validation ticket at the Museum’s Front Desk. The Market Street Garage is conveniently located across from VDM along Charlottesville’s downtown pedestrian mall. From the garage, take the Main Street elevator to the ground level; the Museum is across the bricks to the left, next to our antique kiddie carousel.
To Market Street Garage
Public Transportation: The Museum is also located next to the Downtown Transit Station and Visitors Center, and Charlottesville Area Transit offers a Free Trolley that stops at the station as it travels through Downtown and the University of Virginia. Learn more about CAT’s routes and fares at charlottesville.org.