Our Exhibits

Check out our educational and hands-on exhibits including: Healthy Bodies Gallery, Healthy Earth Gallery, How it Works Gallery, Living River and Touch Tank, Maker Lab/Open Lab, and The Bubble!

Touch Tank










Butterfly Garden Undergoing Metamorphosis

The Butterfly Garden at the Science Museum of Western Virginia is currently closed for the transition from an exotic butterfly habitat to a native pollinator garden. The Hidden Garden will open this spring with a variety of local butterflies and flowering plants.

The museum’s new pollinator garden will focus on the importance of insect pollinators and their lifecycles. This change also allows the museum to educate the public about insect pollinators and to demonstrate some of the plants that can be grown in local gardens to encourage happy and healthy insect pollinators, including our beautiful native butterflies and moths.

Throughout the time that the garden is closed for renovations, Science Museum visitors will be offered a butterfly garden rain check with their paid admission so that our guests will be able to return and enjoy our new Hidden Garden this spring and summer.



Hopkins Planetarium

We are working with Virginia Tech’s Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology to reimagine our planetarium. While renovations are ongoing, the planetarium is closed with occasional exceptions for lectures and school groups. Please check our Events Calendar for lectures or our school groups page for classes.