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Planetarium Shows

Visit the planets, travel to a black hole, observe spinning galaxies or study the Earth from space in the Virginia Living Museum’s 71-seat Abbitt Planetarium Theater. Using our state-of-the-art digital full-screen projection system, we can recreate the many wonders of the universe, including the stars and constellations of the sky for any season of the year – all from the comfort of an armchair.

All day-time programs $4 plus museum admission. VLM members are admitted free to day-time programs. The planetarium is open Wednesday through Sunday, and Monday holidays. From May 27 through September 5, the planetarium is open daily.


List of Shows

Virginia Skies


January 2 – September 5, check schedules as days and times may vary

Cost: VLM members free, non-members $4 plus Museum admission.

Recommended: all ages

Explore the skies above you with this exciting interactive program in the Virginia Living Museum’s Abbitt Planetarium. One of our staff astronomers will take you on a tour of the current skies, highlighting visible planets, deep sky objects, and any upcoming special astronomical events. Once you’ve had your introductory tour, feel free to ask your astronomy questions! We’ll use our state of the art planetarium visualization system to take you to see objects of curiosity and wonder. Different every time you see it, this program is great for the entire family.

Zula Patrol: Down to Earth

ZPatrolMay 7 – September 5

Time: 12:30pm daily, plus 4:30pm Thursdays

Cost: VLM members free, non-members $4 plus Museum admission.

Recommended: ages 8 and under with an adult.

While on a routine fossil-hunting expedition, The Zula Patrol turns up evidence that the villainous Deliria Delight has been travelling back in time to Earth’s prehistoric past to illegally dump her company’s toxic trash. The Zula Patrollers must find and catch her, before her actions cause catastrophic consequences. In the process, our heroes learn all about the formation and development of Earth, and the life forms who call it home.  There’s even a cameo by everyone’s favorite dinosaur, T. rex!

Dinosaur Prophecy

DinosaurProphecyMay 7 – September 5

Time: 1:30 and 3:30pm daily, plus 5:30pm Thursdays

Cost: VLM members free, non-members $4 plus Museum admission.

Recommended: ages 10 and above.

Everyone knows the tale of the sudden and dramatic death of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. But did you know that numerous species of dinosaurs lived, and disappeared, long before the cataclysmic disaster at the end of the Cretaceous period? Journey with us to four different dinosaur digs around the world as we explore how these amazing creatures died… and lived!

Spirit of America

Spirit_of_America72 webJuly 1-31 11:30am

Cost: VLM members free, non-members $4 plus Museum admission

Join us in the Abbitt Planetarium for a celebration of America. Spirit of America mixes great patriotic music with America-inspired rock & roll and songs that have defined American music. Rock on to great artists like John Fogerty, Garth Brooks, Lee Greenwood and so many, many more.

Recommended for ages 6 and up.

This program made possible by Heck Industries.

Please note that daytime shows will feature a reduced playlist for time considerations. Song selections are determined by the operator.

Show Playlist

  • God Bless America – Celine Dion
  • Hoedown – Aaron Copeland
  • Centerfield – John Fogerty
  • Fifties Medley – Various
  • Star Spangled Banner – Kiss
  • World’s Greatest – R. Kelly
  • Servicemen on Parade – Aaron Copeland
  • Standing Outside the Fire – Garth Brooks
  • Pink Houses – John Cougar Mellencamp
  • Only in America – Brooks & Dunn

Laser Vinyl

laser_vinylAugust 1 – September 5 11:30am

Cost: VLM members free, non-members $4 plus Museum admission

Remember the days when you bought an album as much for the cover art as for the music…the days of vinyl? Then this laser show is for you. Rock on with solid hits from bands like Journey, Boston, Kansas and many more! This is lasers old school style! Accompanying a fantastic musical concert representing the best of classic rock is some of the most beautiful and stunning laser art ever produced! Reminisce, tap your feet and enjoy a truly fantastic audio-visual event that will rock your body, mind and soul!

This program is family-friendly: Inappropriate song lyrics have been eliminated or blanked. Please note that daytime shows will feature a reduced playlist for time considerations. Song selections are determined by the operator.

Recommended: ages 6 and above

Show Playlist

  • Karn Evil 9–ELP
  • Jump–Van Halen
  • Bohemian Rhapsody–Queen
  • Carry On My Wayward Son–Kansas
  • Rock-n-Roll All Night–Kiss
  • Dream On–Aerosmith
  • Rock-n-Roll Band–Boston
  • Separate Ways–Journey
  • One of These Days–Pink Floyd

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Special Thanks to the British Fulldome Institute for the use of planetarium shows and clips.