The Science Museum of Western Virginia wants to make an offer to visitors.
The museum opened May 18 along with Center in the Square, but only two-thirds of its exhibitions were set up and only two species of butterflies could be seen in its much ballyhooed butterfly garden. The museum likely won’t have everything in place until the end of June.
“Some visitors have expressed disappointment that things aren’t in place,” museum Executive Director Jim Rollings said.
To address those concerns, the museum has temporarily cut the additional charge for the butterfly garden from $4 to $2 through June 30. During that period, visitors who pay the full admission fee ($10 adults, $8, kids ages 3-17) will receive a voucher for a free return visit that’s good through September — a two-for-one deal. The voucher does not include the butterfly garden.
Basically, the museum wants to make sure that folks who visit while the museum still is setting up will come back when the “total vision” is in place, Rollings said.
The newly renovated museum has had a bumpy start. An undetected gap in the butterfly garden roof allowed some of its fragile charges to escape before it was noticed last week. A government regulation-required freezer that the garden needs to gain U.S. Department of Agriculture approval was lost in transit. Criticism of the museum’s new admission prices drew a public response from Rollings.