Amazement Square

Basic Information

Address: 27 Ninth Street Lynchburg, VA 24504
Phone Number: 434-845-1888
Director: Becca Blumer

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Additional Information

Days and Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm* Hours Subject to Change
Description:

Amazement Square is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary, hands-on museum located in historic Downtown Lynchburg, Virginia. The museum offers four floors of hands-on, interactive exhibits designed to make learning fun. At Amazement Square, we believe that creative play is one of the most important ways children learn and grow! Guests of all ages can paint on the walls, explore life on the farm, create a rainstorm over downtown Lynchburg, float a boat down the James River, and even rock out on stage in a band of your own! Right in the center of the historic building is the Amazement Tower, this indoor play structure extends through all four floors of the museum offering an endless maze of slides, ladders, tunnels and a zip-line!

Grade Levels:
Pre-K
K-5
6-8
Group Type: School Groups, Field Trips, Homeschool Groups, Preschool Groups, Camp Groups, Special Needs Groups
Disabled Access:

Wheelchair accessible. Sensory kits available for guest check out.

Program Type:

Amazement Square’s educational programs bring classroom topics to life in exciting and curiosity-inspiring ways! Bring a classroom or let us come to you, our innovative programs will leave everyone loving learning.

Early Learning Programs (PreK-1st Grade)
- Dino Math
- In the Garden
- Where Animals Live
- Planetarium: Space Explorers

Elementary Programs (2nd-6th Grade)
- Animal Adaptations
- Egyptian Contributions
- Flower Dissection Lab
- Greece vs. Rome: A Curator's Crisis
- It's Electric
- Innovation Adaptations
- Mad Scientist
- Magnificent Mali
- Mind Over Matter
- Native American Cultures
- Planetarium: Voyage Through the Solar System
- What's the Matter, Monster?
- Wild Weather
 

Accreditation: Winner of National Medal through the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Association of Children's Museums, Association of Science and Technology Centers
Admission/Tickets: General Admission: $10; Children under 1 are Free; School Group Exploration: $8; School Group Exploration and 1 Discovery Program: $12; School Group Exploration and 2 Discovery Programs: $15; School Group Exploration and 3 Discovery Programs: $18
Registration: Please visit https://www.amazementsquare.org/school-programs to book a trip.
Food: Snacks and drinks are available for purchase. Groups are welcome to bring packed lunches to eat at the museum. An outdoor picnic area is available for guests on a first come first serve bases. Rooms can be rented for lunch for an additional fee of $1.50 per student, which a minimum charge of $25.
Length of Visit: Average visit length is 3 hours. Groups booking a program can visit anytime during regular operating hours.
Student/Staff Ratio: 1:5 adult to student ratio required
Max. Group Number: 160
Group Requirements: Minimum number of student to book a program is 10. Minimum does not applied to special needs groups. 1:5 adult to student ratio is required. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required for program reservations.
Return Policy: Reservations can be rescheduled for another date within the same school year for no plenty. Deposit is non-refundable for cancelled trips.
Exhibits: Amazement Square houses 11 permanent exhibitions as well as a changing gallery. These exhibitions include Native American Gallery, Mary Jane and Ron Dolan Gallery: On the James, Amazement Tower: From Here to There to Everywhere; Once Upon a Building; Shipwreck Cove; Centra Gallery: League of Healthy Heroes, Raceways and Voltageville, Emmy Lou Thomson Big Red Barn, Helene P. Schewel Kaleidoscope Gallery, The Art of Acting, and Bee in the Know. For more information, please visit https://www.amazementsquare.org/exhibitions.
Freebies: Amazement Square offers several free with admission programs including Art Expeditions and Open Makerspace! Groups of 10 or over are encourage to book their own scheduled programs in advanced. Please see the calendar of events for more information: https://www.amazementsquare.org/calendar-of-events
Gift Shop/Factory Outlet: Some merchandise sold on site.
Reservations Needed: Reservations for school groups booking a program are required at least 4 weeks in advance. Groups are subject to a $25 late fee for late program bookings.
Directions:

From 29 North - Danville

  • Take 29 North to the 2nd Main Street exit (1A Downtown)
  • Merge onto Main Street
  • Follow to Ninth Street
  • Turn right onto Ninth Street
  • Amazement Square is ahead on the left and our parking lot is on the right.

From 29 South - Charlottesville

  • Take 29 South to the first numbered Lynchburg exit (1A-Main St Downtown)
  • At the stop light on exit ramp turn left onto Main Street
  • Follow Main Street to Ninth Street
  • Turn right onto Ninth Street.
  • Amazement Square is ahead on the left and our parking lot is on the right.

From Rivermont Avenue

  • Follow Rivermont Ave over bridge to 5th Street and turn left onto 5th
  • Follow 5th to Commerce Street and turn right onto Commerce
  • Follow Commerce Street to 9th Street and turn left onto 9th
  • Amazement Square ahead on the left
  • Our parking lot is on the right

From 460 West - Appomattox

  • From 460 West, take the 29 North exit on the left (toward Charlottesville)
  • Go straight until you get to the 29 North onramp on the right
  • Travel 29 North to the 2nd Main Street exit (1A Downtown)
  • Merge onto Main Street
  • Follow Main Street to Ninth Street
  • Turn right onto Ninth Street
  • Amazement Square is on the left and our parking lot is on the right

From 460 East - Roanoke

  • From 460 East, take the 29 North exit on the left (toward Charlottesville)
  • Go straight until you get to the 29 North onramp on the right
  • Travel 29 North to the 2nd Main Street exit (1A Downtown)
  • Merge onto Main Street
  • Follow to Ninth Street
  • Turn right onto Ninth Street
  • Amazement Square is ahead on the left.
  • Our parking lot is on the right
Mission Statement:

Amazement Square cultivates an engaged community of lifelong learners by sparking imagination, creativity, and curiosity. 

Testimonials:

"As homeschoolers, we all teach different things, however, all exhibits are easily adapted into lessons and unit studies." Lindsey Hull - Roanoke Homeschoolers Meetup

"Incredible hands-on, explicit directions. Everything was accessible and appropriate. Everything was AMAZING!" Kari Miller - Charlottesville City Public Schools

"All exhibits were excellent! The (Native American Gallery) and James River exhibit were perfect! The hands-on interaction helped to reinforce concepts being studied." Frances Johnson - Dry Fork Christian School

"We are currently working on our classroom garden and our class is studying just what (In the Garden) covered! It was great!" Madeline - Salem Montessori School

Facility History:

Amazement Square is housed in the historic J.W. Wood Building located in the heart of downtown Lynchburg, VA. Over the course of the past 150 years, the J.W. Wood Building has served as an infirmary for the Confederate Army and a commissary store in the late 1860's, as a warehouse and wholesale grocery firm in the 1930's and finally, after several decades of being unoccupied, in 2001 it became the home of Lynchburg's first hands-on, multidisciplinary children's museum, Amazement Square.

After eight years of planning, community feedback, and a $7.8 million capital campaign, the J.W. Wood building was successfully transformed from an abandoned 29,000 sq. ft. warehouse into a hands-on children's museum with seven multidisciplinary exhibition galleries and one of the tallest indoor climbing structures in the United States. Addressing themes such as architectural appreciation, the arts, health awareness, cultural understanding, science, and regional history, geography and environmental issues, the museum's exhibitions are a reflection of Amazement Square's dedication to lifelong learning and commitment to preserving the past 150 years of Lynchburg's history.

Social Networking:

https://www.facebook.com/amazementsquare/
Instagram: @amazementsquare