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Star Party/Laser Evenings

Star Gazing

star gazingThe Virginia Living Museum offers free star gazing beginning at sunset on the second Saturday of every month. Star gazing is weather dependent. Several telescopes are set up on the grounds and staff astronomers are available to help visitors identify objects in the night sky.

The evening also includes a planetarium program and several laser shows. Shows are $3 for VLM members, $6 for non-members. Double features are $5 for VLM members and $10 for non-members.

The Wild Side Café is open on Star Party nights from 6-8:30pm.


Laser Nights

Looking for some Saturday night fun? Start with a planetarium program. Then experience a sensory extravaganza as laser shows provide music to both the eyes and ears every second Saturday of the month. The museum has an incredible state-of-the-art laser system that splashes brilliant high-color LED laser light all across the entire surface of the dome. It’s the most amazing light show you’ve ever seen! Plus, there’s music to suit every taste. Different bands are featured every month.

Cost: Members $3, non-members $6 per show. Double features are $5 for VLM members and $10 for non-members.


Saturday, February 11

Cost: Members $3 per show, non-members $6 per show. Double features are $5 for VLM members and $10 for non-members.

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Virginia Skies

Time: 7:30pm

Explore the evening skies above Virginia in this classic planetarium presentation. A staff astronomer will discuss seasonal constellations as well as any planets visible. Additional topics may be explored depending on celestial happenings around the time of your visit.

Laser Genesis NEW

laser-genesis-logoTime: 8:30pm

There are certain moments in pop music when an artist reaches that pinnacle of success or dominance — either buoyed by a blockbuster album, a streak of hit radio singles, inescapable media presence, or a combination of all three.  Laser Genesis is a spectacular feast for the senses presented in breath-taking laser light!

Show Playlist

  • Turn it On Again
  • Invisible Touch
  • Sledgehammer
  • Tonight, Tonight, Tonight
  • Land of Confusion
  • Mama
  • Sussudio
  • Follow You, Follow Me
  • In the Air Tonight
  • Abacab

Laser Doors

laserdoorsTime: 10pm

The sixties are back, and they are as psychedelic as ever! Go back to the days of peace, love, and awesome music with Jim Morrison and Laser Doors. Experience hits like Spanish Caravan, Soul Kitchen, Break on Through, and many, many more with the most dazzling and intense laser effects you’ve ever seen. Laser Doors is a laser adventure not to be missed!

Please note that we do not recommend this program for children under the age of 15.

Many of these songs contain lyrics some parents may find objectionable.

Please be aware that volume levels during our Laser Doors program will be high and the imagery can be intense.

Show Playlist

  • Break on Through
  • Love Her Madly
  • People are Strange
  • Horse Latitudes
  • Moonlight Drive
  • Light My Fire
  • Soul Kitchen
  • The Crystal Ship
  • Waiting for the Sun
  • Spanish Caravan
  • The End
  • Peace Frog
  • Hello, I Love You
  • Love Me Two Times
  • L.A. Woman

Dark Side of the Moon

darksidemoonTime: 11:30pm

From the very beginning of lasers, this album has represented the ultimate in laser show experiences. And it’s still true today. Join us for the seminal laser show experience with one of the most incredible albums of all time. Considered by many critics to be the album that brought the commercial breakthrough to Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon offers a mixture of psychedelic, rock and jazz sounds. Its sonic backdrops and atmospheric soundscapes combined with a unique assortment of sound effects yield an emotional resonance. When accompanied by a diverse and unusual display of laser art, the overall feel is a dramatic and haunting atmosphere.

Some of these songs contain lyrics some parents may find objectionable.Please be aware that volume levels during our Pink Floyd program will be high and the imagery can be intense.

Show Playlist

  • Speak to Me
  • Breathe
  • On the Run
  • Time
  • The Great Gig in the Sky
  • Money
  • Us and Them
  • Any Colour You Like
  • Brain Damage
  • Eclipse

Saturday, March 11

Cost: Members $3 per show, non-members $6 per show. Double features are $5 for VLM members and $10 for non-members.

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Virginia Skies

Time: 7:30pm

Explore the evening skies above Virginia in this classic planetarium presentation. A staff astronomer will discuss seasonal constellations as well as any planets visible. Additional topics may be explored depending on celestial happenings around the time of your visit.

Laser Pop

laser_pop_thumbTime: 8:30pm
Recommended: ages 6 and above
Techno and lasers – perfect together. Join us for a body-shaking laser experience with pulsing beats, dazzling lights, and incredibly imagery. Featuring bands like The Crystal Method, Delerium, Faithless and many more.
This program is family-friendly: Inappropriate song lyrics have been eliminated or blanked.
Show Playlist
• Trip Like I Do by the Crystal Method
• Love Island by Fat Boy Slim
• Insomnia by Faithless
• Narayan by Prodigy
• Joga by Björk
• Silence by Delerium
• Music: Response by The Chemical Brothers
• Acid 8000 by Fat Boy Slim
• Comin’ Back by The Crystal Method
• Setting Sun by the Chemical Brothers

Laser X

Time: 10pm

laser_x_thumbLaser X The top alternative songs of the ’90s helped usher in a major cultural shift, as serious-minded, image-free bands blew hair metal and pop off the airwaves almost overnight. Many of these bands have gone on to become the new ruling class of rock ‘n’ roll in the years, and decades, that followed. This wild show featuring music from Chris Cornell, Rage Against the Machine, White Zombie and many more.

Please note that we do not recommend this program for children under the age of 15.

Some of these songs contain lyrics some parents may find objectionable.

Please be aware that volume levels during our Laser X program will be high and the imagery can be intense.

Show Playlist

  • Lost by Stabbing Westward
  • Bulls on Parade by Rage Against the Machine
  • Zero by Smashing Pumpkins
  • Park Avenue by Girls Against Boys
  • Monkey Wrench by Foo Fighters
  • Would by Alice in Chains
  • Push It by Garbage

 

  • Sunshower by Chris Cornell
  • Guilty by Gravity Kills
  • Shame by Stabbing Westward
  • Block Rockin’ Beats by The Chemical Brothers
  • Du Hast by Rammstein
  • More Human than Human by White Zombie

 

The Wall

thewall

Time: 11:30pm

The Wall is best considered as a continual story rather than a collection of individual songs. It tells the tale of a rock star named Pink and his downward spiral into madness. To the listener, and indeed many critics, The Wall is a gripping and spellbinding musical journey – beautiful, haunting, powerful and thought provoking. It is a timeless classic, and one of Pink Floyd’s best, becoming the group’s second best seller behind Dark Side of the Moon.Now coupled with spectacular and mesmerizing laser art, Pink Floyd’s classic 1979 epic about personal struggle takes on a unique look, weaving its story in one of the most popular laser shows ever produced! Visitors will become lost and spellbound as their senses join this timeless journey.Please note that we do not recommend this program for children under the age of 15.Some of these songs contain lyrics some parents may find objectionable.Please be aware that volume levels during our Pink Floyd program will be high and the imagery can be intense.

Show Playlist

  • In the Flesh
  • The Thin Ice
  • Another Brick in the Wall (Part I)
  • The Happiest Days of Our Lives
  • Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)
  • Mother
  • Goodbye Blue Sky
  • Empty Spaces
  • Young Lust
  • Another Brick in the Wall (Part III)
  • Hey You
  • Comfortably Numb
  • Stop
  • The Trial

Saturday, April 8 – Get Ready for the Great American Eclipse on 8/21

Cost: Members $3 per show, non-members $6 per show. Double features are $5 for VLM members and $10 for non-members.

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Eclipse 2017

The Great American Eclipse is coming! In August, the United States will experience a rare and marvelous event – a total eclipse of the Sun. Join us in the planetarium for this timely program that will give you all the information you need to know about how, when and where to view this astronomical specticle safely.

Virginia Skies

Time: 7:30pm

Explore the evening skies above Virginia in this classic planetarium presentation. A staff astronomer will discuss seasonal constellations as well as any planets visible. Additional topics may be explored depending on celestial happenings around the time of your visit.

Hypnotica

Time: 8:30pm
Recommended: ages 6 and above
Hypnotica

Techno and lasers – perfect together. Join us for a body-shaking laser experience with pulsing beats, dazzling lights, and incredibly imagery. Featuring bands like The Crystal Method, Delerium, Faithless and many more.

This program is family-friendly: Inappropriate song lyrics have been eliminated or blanked.

Show Playlist

• Trip Like I Do by the Crystal Method
• Love Island by Fat Boy Slim
• Insomnia by Faithless
• Narayan by Prodigy
• Joga by Björk
• Silence by Delerium
• Music: Response by The Chemical Brothers
• Acid 8000 by Fat Boy Slim
• Comin’ Back by The Crystal Method
• Setting Sun by the Chemical Brothers

The Vision Bell

Time: 10:00pm

Inspired by the release of 1994’s “The Division Bell,” this Pink Floyd laser show combines their most recent material with some of their oldest.

Please note that we do not recommend this program for children under the age of 15.

Some of these songs contain lyrics some parents may find objectionable.

Please be aware that volume levels during our Pink Floyd program will be high and the imagery can be intense.

Show Playlist

  • Keep Talking
  • One Slip
  • Astronomy Domine
  • Any Colour You Like
  • Brain Damage
  • Eclipse
  • Have a Cigar
  • Wish You Were Here
  • Another Brick in the Wall (Part I)
  • The Happiest Days of Our Lives
  • Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)
  • Hey You
  • Is There Anybody Out There?
  • Pigs on the Wing (Part II)
  • One of These Days
  • Hero’s Return

The Wall

thewallTime: 11:30pm

The Wall is best considered as a continual story rather than a collection of individual songs. It tells the tale of a rock star named Pink and his downward spiral into madness. To the listener, and indeed many critics, The Wall is a gripping and spellbinding musical journey – beautiful, haunting, powerful and thought provoking. It is a timeless classic, and one of Pink Floyd’s best, becoming the group’s second best seller behind Dark Side of the Moon.Now coupled with spectacular and mesmerizing laser art, Pink Floyd’s classic 1979 epic about personal struggle takes on a unique look, weaving its story in one of the most popular laser shows ever produced! Visitors will become lost and spellbound as their senses join this timeless journey.Please note that we do not recommend this program for children under the age of 15.Some of these songs contain lyrics some parents may find objectionable.Please be aware that volume levels during our Pink Floyd program will be high and the imagery can be intense.

Show Playlist

  • In the Flesh
  • The Thin Ice
  • Another Brick in the Wall (Part I)
  • The Happiest Days of Our Lives
  • Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)
  • Mother
  • Goodbye Blue Sky
  • Empty Spaces
  • Young Lust
  • Another Brick in the Wall (Part III)
  • Hey You
  • Comfortably Numb
  • Stop
  • The Trial