Healthy lives depend on healthy environments. Journey Underground to interact with Virginia geological specimens. Explore our world through the wonder of OmniGlobe. Become an on-air meteorologist in our WDBJ Weather Studio. Create mountains and make the rain fall at our Augmented Reality Sandbox. And get a “hands-on” experience with our Living River & Touch Tank.
See what lies under our skin through a one-of-a-kind “plastinated” human specimen that features actual human organs. Compete against a friend in an amazing state-of-the-art exhibit called MindBall where you move an actual ball to your opponent’s goal using only your mind. Leave with a new appreciation for nature’s most complex being: You!
The Butterfly Garden & Bug Zoo
The crowning jewel of the reinvented Science Museum, the Butterfly Garden offers the opportunity to interact with live butterflies from around the world in an enclosed picturesque setting of lush plants and a serene water feature. The garden also includes a variety of exotic insects, each in its own lovely enclosure.
How it Works Gallery
Feel the rumble of recycling steel in Steel Dynamics’ Renewed by Fire. These interactive exhibits feature technologies that were developed or are in use in western Virginia, and enable us to live healthy and more productive lives while being better stewards of our environment.
Maker Lab/Open Lab
Maker Lab is a self-guided creation space within the museum. We encourage all visitors to build, create, imagine, and innovate with the wide variety of supplies provided. Maker Lab features a number of recycled and craft supplies which can be used to explore ideas as well as a Lego™ wall, a gear wall, and some challenges to get you started. In Maker Lab, we believe that people learn best by doing and we want to see what you can create!
When one of our volunteer attendants is available, you may choose from two dozen science experiments that you can perform with your friends or family in an inviting, safe and controlled environment in our Open Lab.
Children’s Curiosity Corner
Your preschooler will love our fun fossil dig and other activities designed for kids five and younger.
Traveling Exhibit Space
Discover the science hidden in video games with Pixel Play, an arcade with 50+ classic video games. No quarters required!