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The Science Museum of Virginia is now accepting nominations for Virginia's Outstanding Scientist of the Year Award for 2012.

For the past 28 years, this program has honored Virginian scientists who, through their research and commitment to science, have made our world a better place. Scientific advancement is a key to our future economic security and this is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate some of the great work taking place in Virginia's universities and research centers. Click here to download nomination form.


Our mission: Inspiring Virginians to enrich their lives through science.

Since its founding by the Virginia General Assembly in 1970, the Science Museum of Virginia has become the premier center for hands-on science education in Virginia.

The Museum has permanent exhibitions on health, energy and natural science and includes hundreds of interactive exhibits, fascinating artifacts, live animals, a theater company and cutting edge technology. The IMAX®DOME creates the ultimate “you are there” experience with the largest film screen in Virginia wrapped around you.

The Museum also features visiting exhibitions, educational programming, overnight adventures, lectures, demonstrations, and summer camps. Interested in doing a story? Visit our media room for the latest information.

The Museum receives guidance and generous support from community leaders and organizations. The Museum’s Board of Trustees are appointed by the Governor and provide oversight and policy guidance.

The Science Museum of Virginia Foundation raises funds to support the mission, operations and capital needs of the museum (for more details about our boards and auxiliary groups, please visit the governance page). The Museum is also the parent organization for the Danville Science Center, the Virginia Aviation Museum and the Rice House.

Science Museum of Virginia

677 Craghead Street, Danville, VA 24541
Located at the historic Crossing at the Dan, the Danville Science Center delights all ages with its hands-on exhibits and special programs that make science fun for everyone. The Science Center includes the 1899 Southern Railway Passenger Station. It is registered on the Virginia Landmarks Register and on the National Register of Historic Places.

5701 Huntsman Road, Richmond, VA 23250-2416
The Virginia Aviation Museum features the spectacular SR-71 Blackbird; 38 historic, vintage aircraft; reproductions of the Wright brothers’ kite, gliders and famous 1903 Flyer; early flight memorabilia; a World War II diorama that includes the Tuskegee Airmen and Women’s Airforce Service Pilots; and the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame.

1000 Old Locke Lane, Richmond, VA
Designed by Richard Neutra, 1962-1965
The Rice House, given to the museum by Ambassador and Mrs. Walter Rice, is a superb example of mid-century design. The couple lured famed Austrian-born architect Richard Neutra from Los Angeles to an incomparable site situated on a James River Island in Richmond’s West End. The museum enjoys the property for meetings and events, and as accommodations for visiting scientists and dignitaries.

The Rice House