Butterflies are amazing creatures in so many ways – their vibrant colors, their different shapes, sizes and patterns and the important roles they play in nature’s web of life. Join us as we celebrate the wonderful lives of butterflies with special exhibits, live butterflies, crafts and games.
Cost: Included in Museum admission.
Star Party & Laser Light Night – October 8
NASA’s 100th Anniversary/VLM’s 50th Anniversary Event
We have alot to celebrate so our Star Party/Laser Light Night for October is packed with great exhibits and activities from NASA including guest speaker Jim Batterson, retired NASA Langley Engineer who will speak at 6pm on “The History of NASA in Hampton Roads”.
At 5pm games and displays begin, including opportunity to build your own Lunar Rover and take it for a test drive. Touchdown on the Moon and create a lunar lander and take it for a test flight, experience Rover Race activity and more!
We will honor the International Observe the Moon Night and have telescopes out beginning at sunset (weather permitting).
Planetarium shows begin at 7:30pm with Virginia Skies, followed by our laser shows Hypnotica (8:30pm) Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon(10pm) and Laser Pink Floyd: The Vision Bell (11:30pm).
Cost: Telescopes and NASA activities are free. Planetarium/Laser show at $6 or enjoy 2 shows for $10. Members enjoy 50% off those prices. Purchase Tickets Now.
Time: Free activities begin at 5pm. Free talk at 6pm. Planetarium shows 7:30, 8:30, 10pm, 11:30pm.
Wild at Art Show – October 21-22
Virginia artists David Turner and Jim Wilson, passionate advocates for Virginia wildlife, are hosting a two-day show as part of the Museum’s 50th anniversary celebration. This show features artworks to enrich and inspire appreciation of man’s relationship with nature.
Jim and David began their close friendship at the Virginia Living Museum 35 years ago. In the early 80’s they were regular exhibitors at the then Peninsula Nature and Science Center’s annual benefit Wildlife Art Show. Since then they have presented their work together at shows across the country and traveled together on research trips to many locations including the wilds of Alaska.
Eastern Shore artist David H. Turner has a talent of capturing the beauty and motion of wildlife in bronze. Since 1983, David and his father, William, have created more than 400 different limited edition bronzes and more than 50 large public commissions. Ranging in size from life-size mice and wrens to full-size bears and dolphins, the Turners have a sculpture to fit the smallest niche in a home or to enhance the entrance of a zoo or museum. Whatever the case, the Turners’ work is a reflection of their deep appreciation and understanding of nature. Several of Turner’s works are on display at the VLM. The most recent is the Black Bear Family sculpture, a 50th anniversary gift from Harry and Judy Wason, on display in the Conservation Garden.
Jim Wilson of Yorktown has always had a passion for the wild creatures he recreates along with a reverence for the world in which they live. An artist since childhood, he has worked professionally for over 35 years developing a reputation as a renowned wildlife artist. An avid outdoorsman and naturalist, he has been in the midst of charging elephants in Africa, ventured down the Amazonian head waters and trekked in the Peruvian Andes. Travels in North America have taken him from the remote passes of Alaska to the carved rock canyons of the desert Southwest. He pursues these exploits, he says, not for the sake of adventure, but to bear witness to what the world is rapidly losing. Jim adds, “The natural world is God’s crowning beauty upon the earth. My desire is to understand all I can about it, and through my paintings, to celebrate and share all its marvels and mysteries with others.” Jim presented versions of his exhibit, “On the Edge – The Plight of Endangered Species,” at the VLM in 1987 and 2004.
A portion of sales from the show will support wildlife conservation at the VLM.
Jim and David will be present during the show to discuss their art and share their techniques with visitors.
Cost: Free admission to show, does not include admission to the Museum.
Night of the Living Museum – October 29
Great fun for families with kids 12 and under! Wear your costume and enjoy live animal shows with fierce and not-so-fierce Halloween critters, experience creepy crawlies of all kinds, see the tooth fairy and her princess friends, take a night hike along the trail, take in a laser show and enjoy creepy crafts! Read more…
Time: 4:30 -8pm (museum closes at 3pm)
Cost: $10 per person for members, $13 for non-members. Purchase tickets in advance and save $1. Those with advance tickets will be granted special access through green garden gate. Tickets are full price day of the event.
Friday Night Flicks- members only
This exclusive event is for VLM members only. The Abbitt Planetarium will run the final in a series of recently released, animal themed movies. lce Ace 5: Collision Course features your favorite Ice Age characters in the funniest escapades ever that are truly out of this world!
Hot dogs, popcorn and soda will be available for purchase. Recloseable drinks and popcorn only allowed in the theater.
Cost: FREE admission for VLM members only. Tickets must be obtained in advance at the Admissions Desk beginning October 21, 2016. Tickets are limited to the number of individuals in a membership.
Special showing made possible by AZA and FOX.