New children's museum in Va. features interactive exhibits

January 08, 1995

The new Children's Museum of Virginia opened last month in the city of Portsmouth. Based on the philosophy that children learn by doing, the museum houses more than 60 interactive exhibits dedicated to the cultural, educational and recreational development of children of all ages.

Features of the museum include a 64-seat planetarium; "Science Circus," an exhibit that encourages scientific discovery through the manipulation of mazes, hydraulic lifts and perpetual motion machines; an exhibition that relates to physics, mathematics and eye physiology; a "Rock Climb" for horizontal surface scaling; and a "Blockbuster" with an operable crane for early lessons in construction and building.

The museum, at 221 High St., is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $3 for all ages over 2; free for under 2. Call (804) 393-8393.

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