Member Directory

Virginia Discovery Museum

Address P.O. Box 1128
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
Phone (434) 977-1025
Website http://www.vadm.org
Primary Contact Janine Dozier
Primary Email director@vadm.org
Primary Focus Area Children/Youth (non-education)
Service Areas
  • Albemarle
  • Charlottesville

Mission Statement

The Virginia Discovery Museum fosters intellectual curiosity and development for all children of our community.


The Virginia Discovery Museum (VDM), an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is an interactive, educational museum for young children. VDM was established in 1981 to organize a group of traveling exhibits throughout Central Virginia. As the popularity of the programs increased, the Board of Directors resolved to find a permanent home for the museum in Charlottesville. Located first in a two-story house, VDM quickly outgrew its space and in 1990 moved to its current location on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall. In addition to creating new exhibits, VDM established a variety of on-site educational programs and special events for children and families. As part of its commitment to the Charlottesville community, VDM also increased outreach to low-income families, expanded operating hours, forged a closer relationship with area schools and educational institutions, and participated in community-wide tourism and economic development efforts. Today, VDM welcomes visitors from across the country and across the world, but remains at its heart a local institution for the local community.

Key Programs

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Giving Opportunities

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