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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, May 14

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

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Art of Hubble

planetarium-shows-hubbleTime: 6:30pm

Recommended: ages 10 and above

For almost 20 years, the Hubble Space Telescope has produced stunning images that challenge the mind, overwhelm the senses and fire the imagination. Tour Hubble’s impressive art gallery of breathtaking photographs and explore the science behind the vistas captured by one of the most successful NASA missions of all time.

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 Beatles

laserbeatles_postTime: 8:30pm

Recommended: ages 6 and above

The Fab Four fill the theater with music and laser light in this exciting and fun show for the whole family. Featuring great Beatles hits like Revolution, Nowhere Man, Help, and tons more, this show is as timeless as the Beatles themselves. All ages and backgrounds will appreciate this fantasy tribute of music and light to The Beatles and how they helped define a generation.

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

Show Playlist

  • Magical Mystery Tour
  • I Wanna Hold Your Hand
  • Twist and Shout
  • A Hard Day’s Night
  • Nowhere Man
  • Help!
  • Yesterday
  • Octopus’ Garden
  • Revolution
  • Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
  • A Day in the Life
  • 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 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

    Pink Floyd: The Vision Bell

    Time: 11:30pm

    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

    Saturday, June 11

    Three planets will be visible in the early evening sky – Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Enjoy free NASA exhibits and activities about these planets.

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

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    Solar System Odyssey

    ssw-solar_system_odyssey_unc_poster-175pxTime: 5:30pm

    “Solar System Odyssey” is a character-driven adventure set in the future, in a time when humans have depleted the resources of their home planet. A business tycoon recruits our hero, Jack Larson, on a mission to discover a new home for humans to colonize. The journey takes Jack, an important stowaway, and you on an exciting exploration of our cosmic neighborhood, including the icy rings of Saturn, Jupiter’s volcano-ridden moon Io and the sub-zero methane lakes of Saturn’s moon Titan. Can humans find another place to settle before the Earth becomes unlivable? And what will happen to our home planet?  Find out in this wild solar system adventure!

    This program made possible by The Morehead Planetarium and NASA.

    Laser Pop

    Time: 6:30pm

    The hottest pop artists and the latest laser art come together in a sensational, eye-POPping laser show that will have your heart thumping and your feet tapping! Laser Pop features sizzling stars, both past and present, in brilliant laser light. It’s an amazing mix of hits from great bands like The Beach Boys, Smashmouth, N’Sync, Pink and many more!

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

    Show Playlist

    • Pop–N’Sync
    • Get This Party Started–Pink
    • Beatles Medley–The Beatles
    • I’m A Believer–Smashmouth
    • Desert Rose–Sting
    • Beach Boys Medley–The Beach Boys
    • Cosmic Thing–The B52’s
    • Digital Get Down–N’Sync
    • Kryptonite–3 Doors Down

    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 U2

    laser_U2Time: 8:30pm

    Recommended: ages 6 and above

    The ultimate band from Ireland’s ultimate laser show! Featuring classic U2 hits like Pride (In the Name of Love), New Year’s Day, October and many, many more, this show will astound you with its awesome laser effects!

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

    Show Playlist

    • Where the Streets Have No Name
    • I Will Follow
    • Beautiful Day
    • Sunday Bloody Sunday
    • October
    • The Fly
    • Mysterious Ways
    • Pride
    • Zoo Station
    • With or Without You
    • Desire
    • New Year’s Day

    Laser Rock NEW

    Time: 10pm

    Immerse yourself in the many facets of rock and roll with this awesome laser show.  Featuring tracks from artists like Foreigner, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin and more, this show is a visual and auditory tribute to all those who know how to rock.

    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 will be high and the imagery can be intense.
    Show Playlist

    • Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne
    • Juke Box Hero by Foreigner
    • Ramble On by Led Zeppelin
    • Suffragette City by David Bowie
    • Long Distance Runaround by Yes
    • La Grange by ZZ Top
    • From the Beginning by Emerson, Lake and Palmer
    • Tonight, Tonight, Tonight by Genesis
    • YYZ by Rush
    • Ace of Spades by Motörhead

    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