Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum

Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum sparks curiosity and inspires learning through exploration and creative play.
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Hands-on learning is what we do best at the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum. Explore life along the Moccasin Train in our Native American exhibit. Learn about simple machines while playing in an apple shed. Experience the laws of physics while racing balls over ramps and through loops, or test your agility while scaling a climbing wall. With exhibit areas focusing on the arts, mathematics, sciences and the humanities, the Discovery Museum offers hours of fun for the entire family.

Mission: Our mission at the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum is to spark curiosity and inspire learning through creative play.

Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum's cover photo
11/19/2019

Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum's cover photo

11/18/2019
Confidence: Play offers endless opportunity to gain confidence through experimenting, making mistakes, coming up with so...
11/18/2019

Confidence: Play offers endless opportunity to gain confidence through experimenting, making mistakes, coming up with solutions, trying again and eventually succeeding. Through play and mistakes children learn delayed gratification and how to work through failure to reach an end goal

Critical Thinking: Play encourages children to make hypotheses, ask questions, and study information. Playing with any o...
11/17/2019

Critical Thinking: Play encourages children to make hypotheses, ask questions, and study information. Playing with any of our building exhibits a child must consider which shapes to use, how to arrange them, and how to build a structure without it toppling.

Creative Innovation: Summer camps at the museum open an entire avenue for children to express themselves, show what they...
11/16/2019

Creative Innovation: Summer camps at the museum open an entire avenue for children to express themselves, show what they know and how they feel, and to create their own masterpieces. The ability to use materials in imaginative play paves the way for creative innovation later in life.

Content Knowledge: Through play, children are given the opportunity to explore content more deeply. After studying our h...
11/15/2019

Content Knowledge: Through play, children are given the opportunity to explore content more deeply. After studying our hissing cockroaches or playing in the Roller Coaster Alley a child may develop lifelong interests and hobbies, which could lead to a career in the future.

Thanks for having us!
11/15/2019

Thanks for having us!

We would like to thank everyone who attended Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum's STEAM Night at E. Wilson Morrison. Our families enjoyed an evening of hands-on, interactive, learning activities. We had a great time with our Bobcat family.

Communication: In a classroom setting children learn through instruction and teacher driven interactions but during play...
11/14/2019

Communication: In a classroom setting children learn through instruction and teacher driven interactions but during play children have the opportunity to lead the way. Whether it's at the Farmer's Market when a child assigns the roles of shopper and cashier or taking turns as doctor at the Ambulance they make rules, disagree, and compromise. They learn to express themselves, listen to others and execute communication skills that will translate into their adult lives.

Play isn’t all fun and games — it’s also an important teaching tool! Through play, kids learn how to interact with other...
11/13/2019

Play isn’t all fun and games — it’s also an important teaching tool! Through play, kids learn how to interact with others and develop critical lifelong skills.

Keep an eye out over the next week as we share the importance of the 7 C's of Play and why The Discovery Museum is important in your child's development.

Collaboration is our first C of the week. Collaboration can be seen in several of our exhibits, whether it's helping a new friend build with the Blue Blocks or a whole group working together at the Apple Packing Shed. Each of these children are learning through play how to ask questions, listen to others, consider priorities, problem solve, make joint decisions, and share a common goal. All of these skills are critical for almost any relationship or career in their future.

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Come play this week! To help plan your trip to the Discovery Museum see our Field Trip Forecast which is posted weekly. ...
10/29/2019

Come play this week! To help plan your trip to the Discovery Museum see our Field Trip Forecast which is posted weekly. Remember all groups leave by 12pm!

Happening now: Itty Bitty Mornings! If your little person is 5 or under, join us from 9am-11am for "Unspooky Halloween" ...
10/22/2019

Happening now: Itty Bitty Mornings! If your little person is 5 or under, join us from 9am-11am for "Unspooky Halloween" activities!

10/21/2019
Tomorrow night, @rock_n_roof_svdm , is having their Halloween rock show on the museum roof top. Come dressed in costume ...
10/11/2019

Tomorrow night, @rock_n_roof_svdm , is having their Halloween rock show on the museum roof top. Come dressed in costume and be ready to rock out.

Tickets are sold at the door. $15 to anyone dressed in a costume or has a valid student ID. $18 for everyone else. Proceeds from the event benefit special needs programming at the museum.

Doors are at 6:30. Music starts at 7pm. You don't want to be stuck listening from the sidewalk!!!

Thank you @wellsfargo for your generous grant. This contribution will help kickstart our Itty Bitty Outreach Program whi...
10/11/2019

Thank you @wellsfargo for your generous grant. This contribution will help kickstart our Itty Bitty Outreach Program which delivers hands-on learning to children five and under in marginalized communities.

Thank you, Virginia Ave Charlotte DeHart Elementary for visiting us today to learn about animal adaptations. Have you bo...
10/10/2019

Thank you, Virginia Ave Charlotte DeHart Elementary for visiting us today to learn about animal adaptations. Have you booked your school’s field trip yet? Email [email protected] or check out our website for more details!

#learningthroughplay #discoverymuseum #fieldtrip

W.W Robinson Elementary is busy learning about simple machines today at the museum!#discoverymuseum #learningthroughplay...
10/08/2019

W.W Robinson Elementary is busy learning about simple machines today at the museum!

#discoverymuseum #learningthroughplay #fieldtripfun #childrensmuseum

Thank you to everyone who made our 5K and Kid's Dash a success this weekend! Valley Health Smiles of Virginia Family Den...
10/08/2019

Thank you to everyone who made our 5K and Kid's Dash a success this weekend!

Valley Health Smiles of Virginia Family Dental Center Milestone Pediatric Therapy Shenandoah Valley Runners Shenandoah Valley Orthodontics Crown Trophy Winchester ILoveKickboxing Orangetheory Fitness Winchester Chick-fil-A Rutherford Crossing Secret Society Press Placid Quake

Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum's cover photo
10/07/2019

Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum's cover photo

Fall is here and field trips are back! View our weekly field trip forecast to help plan your visit to the museum!
10/07/2019

Fall is here and field trips are back! View our weekly field trip forecast to help plan your visit to the museum!

10/03/2019

5K shirts are in and bags are being stuffed! Have you registered for Discovery 5K yet?

Our trout made their way to the wild today as we prepare our tank to receive new eggs early next week!#discovery #learni...
10/02/2019

Our trout made their way to the wild today as we prepare our tank to receive new eggs early next week!

#discovery #learningthroughplay #releaseday #trout @ Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum

Join us for the Discovery 5K and Kids Dash on Saturday, October 5 at 9am, and help raise funds for the museum while you ...
10/01/2019

Join us for the Discovery 5K and Kids Dash on Saturday, October 5 at 9am, and help raise funds for the museum while you run!

Grab your running shoes and join us this Saturday for our Discovery 5k and Kid's Dash!
10/01/2019

Grab your running shoes and join us this Saturday for our Discovery 5k and Kid's Dash!

Join us tomorrow from 9-11am for a special Itty Bitty Mornings. Our friends from Blue Ridge Wildlife and Home Depot will...
09/23/2019

Join us tomorrow from 9-11am for a special Itty Bitty Mornings. Our friends from Blue Ridge Wildlife and Home Depot will be here with activities.

Activities are free with paid admissions!

Go visit our friends Donatos touch of Italy today and Dine for Discovery!20% of all dine-in meals goes directly to the D...
09/19/2019

Go visit our friends Donatos touch of Italy today and Dine for Discovery!

20% of all dine-in meals goes directly to the Discovery Museum to fund scholarships, outreach, and programs!

What have you created with us lately? One dad and son duo made us a new mascot today! #learningthroughplay #discovery #d...
09/17/2019

What have you created with us lately? One dad and son duo made us a new mascot today!

#learningthroughplay #discovery #discoverymuseum #childrensmuseum

Looking for a way to get more involved at your local children's museum? Want more Sunset Series events? Check out our ne...
09/13/2019

Looking for a way to get more involved at your local children's museum? Want more Sunset Series events? Check out our new Club Discovery! Club Discovery is for community-minded individuals who are looking to give back while having a good time.

For just $10 a month you can change a child's future!

Sign up at http://discoverymuseum.net/community/clubdiscovery/ by SEPTEMBER 30th for an invite to a VIP, invite only, event on the roof!

Thank you to everyone who voted for us in The Winchester Star Awards! We couldn’t do it without all your support!
09/13/2019

Thank you to everyone who voted for us in The Winchester Star Awards! We couldn’t do it without all your support!

We will be closing early today to participate in Day of Caring. We will return with normal hours tomorrow. Can't wait un...
09/12/2019

We will be closing early today to participate in Day of Caring. We will return with normal hours tomorrow. Can't wait until then, come see us tonight at 5:30 for Sunset Series (21+ event)

Join us this Thursday at our final Sunset Series of the season21+ event
09/09/2019

Join us this Thursday at our final Sunset Series of the season

21+ event

08/30/2019

Have you been in to see our new life size operation table?

Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum's cover photo
08/28/2019

Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum's cover photo

Thank you to everyone who came and made our annual fundraiser a success, we can't wait for next year!Thank you to all ou...
08/27/2019

Thank you to everyone who came and made our annual fundraiser a success, we can't wait for next year!

Thank you to all our sponsors for your continued support of our mission!
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We are thrilled to welcome our new Executive Director Dawn Devine to the Discovery Museum Family! Dawn has recently move...
08/20/2019

We are thrilled to welcome our new Executive Director Dawn Devine to the Discovery Museum Family! Dawn has recently moved from Minnesota and is very excited to make Winchester home for her and her family!

Come meet Dawn this Friday at Secret Agent Soiree

Its National Honey Bee Day! Have you been in lately to see our buzzing friends?
08/17/2019

Its National Honey Bee Day! Have you been in lately to see our buzzing friends?

08/17/2019
08/14/2019

19 years ago James Bond came to the Discovery Museum for the first time...be there for his return at our Secret Agent Soiree next Friday!

Bring a personal hygiene product (deodorant, shampoo, soap, etc) during the month of August for our Make It Personal box...
08/06/2019

Bring a personal hygiene product (deodorant, shampoo, soap, etc) during the month of August for our Make It Personal box and receive $1 off admission.

Limit one coupon per person

Thank you The Winchester Star for featuring our Advanced Art Mural Painting Camp’s masterpiece!
08/02/2019
Mural brightens corner of Cameron and Piccadilly

Thank you The Winchester Star for featuring our Advanced Art Mural Painting Camp’s masterpiece!

WINCHESTER — A new piece of public art created by local children is decorating the chain-link fence around the former Winchester Towers site.

Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum's cover photo
07/31/2019

Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum's cover photo

Address

19 W Cork St
Winchester, VA
22601

General information

Located off I-81 in historic Winchester, VA. Open 6 days a week. $9 per person, for everyone 2 years and over. Group rates available.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 13:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(540) 722-2020

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