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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, November 12

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 Spirit

Time: 8:30pm

Recommended: ages 6 and above

laser spirit HCelebrate our great nation and her heroes with this dazzling mix of music of and inspired by America. Enjoy hits from Lee Greenwood, Kansas, The Beatles, Gloria Estefan and many others! Enjoy laser fireworks in the cool of the Abbitt Planetarium!

Show Playlist

  • Summon the Heroes by John Williams
  • Beautiful Day by U2
  • Music by Madonna
  • Beatles Medley by The Beatles
  • Reach by Gloria Estefan
  • Santorini by Yanni
  • Rock Lobster by The B52s
  • Birds Fly by Icicle Works
  • Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas
  • Patriotic Medley including Aaron Copeland & Lee Greenwood

Laser Zeppelin

laser zeppelinTime: 10:00pm

Almost a full hour of amazing rock with Led Zeppelin. See incredible laser images custom-created for awesome songs like Kashmir, No Quarter, Over the Hills and Far Away and many more. Led Zeppelin is proclaimed by many critics to be the progenitors of heavy metal and hard rock, and their individualistic style reset the standards for many musical genres in the 1960s and ‘70s. Indeed, they have been hailed as one of the most successful, innovative and influential bands, alongside Pink Floyd, U2 and the Beatles. Now you can relive the magical sounds of Led Zeppelin while enjoying a visual treat of custom laser imagery.

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

  • Song Remains the Same
  • Over the Hills and Far Away
  • Good Times, Bad Times
  • Immigrant Song
  • No Quarter
  • Black Dog
  • Livin’ Lovin’ Maid
  • Kashmir
  • Stairway to Heaven
  • Whole Lotta Love
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll

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, December 10

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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Star of Wonder: Mystery of the Christmas Star

VLMChristmasStar10Time: 6:30pm

Since 1965, we have journeyed in the footsteps of the Magi, seeking the identity of a mysterious star which foretold the coming of a king. Over the years, the scientific thinking has changed, archeology has revealed new clues about the lands in which these events took place, and our understanding of who the Magi might have actually been has grown. The show was completely revised in 2008 to offer a truly immersive look at the journey of the Magi while examining the latest clues and seeking once more to understand the appearance of the Star of Bethlehem.

Our presentation of Star of Wonder: Mystery of the Christmas Star is made possible by E&S Spitz.

Recommended for ages 8 and up

 

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 Holidays

VLMrudyroseTime: 8:30pm

Featuring classic holiday favorites like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” modern hits like “Jingle Bell Rock,” and unique reimaginings of timeless songs, this is an animated Christmas light display like no other you’ve ever seen! Get into the holiday spirit with the music of the season and dazzling laser effects!

Show Playlist

  • Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson
  • Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy by Tchaikovsky
  • Up on the Housetop by The Jackson 5
  • Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer by Burl Ives
  • Winter Wonderland by The Eurythmics
  • Deck the Halls (Orchestra)
  • Jingle Bell Rock by Randy Travis
  • White Christmas by Bing Crosby
  • The Chipmunk Song by The Chipmunks
  • All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth by Spike Jones and His City Slickers
  • Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano
  • Christmastime by The Smashing Pumpkins
  • Oiche Chium (Silent Night) by Enya
  • Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree by Ronnie Spector and Darlene Love
  • Frosty the Snowman by The Cocteau Twins
  • Carol of the Bells by David Foster
  • The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole
  • All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas by James Galway
  • Laser Doors

    laserdoorsTime: 10:00pm

    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