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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, July 9

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

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Spirit of America

Spirit_of_America72 webTime: 6:30pm

Recommended: ages 6 and above

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.

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

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 Country

Time: 8:30pm

Recommended: ages 6 and above
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Laser Country is dedicated to some of the greatest country hits of all time. Set to the all-American sounds of modern and classical country songs, this laser show will appeal to all generations! From Garth Brooks and Shania Twain to Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline, this show promises to be a boot-scootin’ good time!

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

Show Playlist

    • Ain’t Going Down (Til the Sun Comes Up) by Garth Brooks
    • Me and My Gang by Rascal Flatts
    • Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash
    • All American Girl by Carrie Underwood
    • Always on My Mind by Willie Nelson
    • The Devil Went Down to Georgia by The Charlie Daniels Band
    • Good Lord Willing by Little Big Town
    • How Am I Doin’? by Dierks Bentley
    • All My Exes Live in Texas by George Strait
    • Crazy by Patsy Cline
    • Chicken Fried by The Zak Brown Band
    • God Bless the USA by Lee Greenwood

Laser Queen

Time: 10pm

There can be only one… Laser Queen! Since its World Premiere at Pacific Science Center, Laser Queen has been an instant classic for audiences of all ages. Queen perfected the art of creating the most epic, and immortal rock anthems of all time. Freddie Mercury may be gone, but the Queen saga lives on! The rock will be loud, emotions high, and LASER light bright when we play all the sing-along hits: “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “Under Pressure,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” and of course “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Show Playlist

  • Stone Cold Crazy
  • Princes of the Universe
  • Killer Queen
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • We Are the Champions
  • Fat Bottomed Girls
  • Under Pressure
  • We Will Rock You
  • Bicycle Race
  • Another One Bites the Dust
  • Best Friend
  • Flash
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  • Somebody to Love
  • I Want it All
  • Pink Floyd: The Wall

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    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, August 13

    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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    ElectroLaze

    ElectroLaze-croppedTime: 6:30pm

    Recommended: ages 6 and above

    The latest craze in music? Electronic Dance Music! Come to the planetarium and experience this incredible trend with ElectroLaze. With amazing music by artists like MSTRKRFT and John Legend, Daft Punk, and Tiesto we guarantee you’ll be dancing in your seat!

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

    Show Playlist

    • Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites by Skrillex
    • Internet Friends by Knife Party
    • Raise Your Weapon by Deadmau5
    • Man on the Run by Dash Berlin
    • Energy Wizard by Squarepusher
    • Heartbreaker by MSTRKRFT featuring John Legend
    • Levels by Avicii
    • Derezzed by Daft Punk
    • Chasing Summers by Tiesto
    • Slam by Pendulum

    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.

    Laseropolis

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    Time: 8:30pm

    A mind-blowing mix of music and equally dazzling laser effects come together to make a truly awesome laser experience. Jam to bands like Oasis, Future Sounds of London, Emerson Lake & Palmer and so much more. Ancient towers hide the symbols that will transport you to new experiences of sight and sounds. Should you survive the journey through the four space-time pillars, a portal will be opened into a previously unseen and unheard dimension! Laseropolis is an eclectic mix of musical themes surveying pop, rock, alternative and oldies.

    Please note that we do not recommend this program for children under the age of 6.

    Show Playlist

    • Karn Evil 9 by Emerson, Lake and Palmer
    • Head Over Feet by Alanis Morrisette
    • Rock Lobster by The B52s
    • Firestarter by Prodigy
    • Under the Milky Way by The Church
    • Papua New Guinea by Future Sounds of London
    • Spiderwebs by No Doubt
    • Foreplay by Boston
    • Champagne Supernova by Oasis
    • End of the World (As We Know It) by REM
    • Torn by Creed
    • Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
    • One of These Days by Pink Floyd

    Laser X

    laser_x_thumbTime: 10pm

    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

    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