Virginia Discovery Museum

The Virginia Discovery Museum campers can explore engaging exhibits such as A-Mazing Airways, The Discovery Garage, and the Virginia Heritage Area. After that, they can learn all about the ABC's and 123's of Virginia. Finally they'll enjoy Little C'Ville, a mini-town that includes a Panera Bread, UVA Children's Hospital, the Discovery Fire Station, and VDM's Observation BeeHive. Groups of 6 to 40 will receive a short orientation followed by an hour to explore the exhibits. Add a themed activity, led by a VDM staff member, to make the trip even more exciting! Themes include Constellations (all ages); Brass MenagerieSorting SeashellsQ is for Quilts(PreK-1st); and Passport to Nigeria; Cars, Clay, Corn, and Clouds: the Pueblo Indians; Trade for Cookies (2nd-5th). The Museum also offers traveling trucks that will bring the excitement to you.
Contact Info
Address: 524 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902. Charlottesville City. Tel: 434-977-1025. Email: Website: Hrs: Mon. - Sat. 10AM - 5PM.
Trip Info
Grade Level: PreK-5th. Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities, Outreach. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1.75 hrs. Cost: Fee.

Museums Fun Facts

Museums are collections - of artifacts, paintings, etc. Talk about what types of collections campers have at home – be they stamps, baseball cards, or other items.

Use this comparison to frame some activities: talk about how museum collections came to be. Who collected and gathered the items on display? Compare this to how campers gathered their own collections at home. Also talk about (both with campers and museum staff) how the exhibits at the museum are arranged – such as the lighting and temperature for a certain exhibit.

Have campers set up a “Trip Museum” back at camp, consisting of items they’ve obtained on field trips; think of it as a group show and tell, where everyone participates and contributes to the collection.