Amazement Square is an award-winning, hands-on children’s 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 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, the tallest indoor climbing structure in the nation that extends through all four floors of the museum offering an endless maze of slides, ladders, tunnels and a zip-line!
Named one of Central Virginia’s favorite families spots, the Museum serves more than 90,000 people through general admission, school programs, outreach activities, workshops and other special events each year representing guests from all 50 states and more than a dozen countries.
Amazement Square’s 29,000 square feet are spread out over four floors and include nine permanent hands-on, interactive exhibitions as well as one changing gallery for temporary exhibitions that explore global and regional topics, arts and humanities, and science and health-related themes. Click here to view more information.
Amazing Adventures School Programs
Amazement Square is proud to offer our region educational enrichment opportunities for core areas such as mathematics, science, humanities, and literacy. Through the Amazing Adventures School Programs, the museum’s education department enables students to experience interactive, multi-disciplinary discovery while aiding teachers in meeting state and national standards. Click here to view more information.
Early Childhood Initiative
The Early Childhood Initiative helps youth develop literacy skills prior to entering kindergarten. Early literacy is critical in the success of Central Virginia’s youth as the foundation of all learning. With this Initiative, the museum created Toddler Tales that takes place every Thursday within the museum. Due to its growth and positive response from parents, the program was moved to a larger location and enhanced with activities to include songs, alphabet letter introduction, Spanish instruction, sign language, and book reading with a corresponding hands-on activity. This year Toddler Tales On-the- Go has been created as an outreach and offered free of charge to local community partners who serve children that are the most at-risk for falling behind in literacy. Click here to view more information.
As part of its mission to serve children and adults of all backgrounds and abilities, Amazement Square extends its activities beyond the physical constraints of our four walls. Partnering with other local institutions, the museum has created a variety of programs that reach out to the economically disadvantaged, physically and mentally disabled and culturally underrepresented. These initiatives strive to educate the general population about often overlooked groups and to encourage a tolerant understanding of difference, actively engage citizens in the arts and culture, and provide a range of hands-on learning opportunities that are free of charge to participants. Click here to view more information.