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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, 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

Saturday, September 10

Cost: Members $3, 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 Magic

laser_magic_thumbTime: 8:30pm

Recommended: ages 6 and above

This program offers a magical mix of music, from those you love to those you have forgotten, all presented in concert with stunning laser images! This musical compilation is fun for the entire family and includes artists like Joan Jett, The B-52’s, Will Smith, The Blackhearts and much more. It’s musical fun for the whole family!

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

  • Santorini by Yanni
  • Godzilla by Blue Oyster Cult
  • Love Gets Me Every Time by Shania Twain
  • Men in Black by Will Smith
  • My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion
  • Storms in Africa by Enya
  • Money by Pink Floyd
  • Semi-Charmed Life by Third Eye Blind
  • Time Warp Medley by Various Artists
  • Diana (Candle in the Wind ’97) by Elton John
  • Don’t Speak by No Doubt
  • The Hunter by Bjork
  • I Love Rock and Roll by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
  • Rock Lobster by the B-52s
  • Tub Thumping by Chumbawumba

Laser Metallica

laser_metallica_posterTime: 10pm

Metal meets lasers! And it is intense! The theater shakes with awesome hits like Enter Sandman, Nothing Else Matters, Sad But True and so much more. You’ve never done metal ’til you’ve done it with lasers!

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 Metallica program will be high and the imagery can be intense.

Show Playlist

  • For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Ain’t My *****
  • One
  • Fuel
  • Nothing Else Matters
  • Master of Puppets
  • Unforgiven II
  • Sad But True
  • Enter Sandman

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