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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, April 8 – Get Ready for the Great American Eclipse!

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! On August 21, 2017, 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 spectacle 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.

Laser Mania

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

Surveying soft rock, pop,  and adult contemporary music, this fun family laser concert is a beautiful artistic interpretation for all ages. Featuring music from over five decades, hearts, eyes and ears will enjoy the dazzling colors and laser art set to a collection of musical delights in an immersive visual environment. Laser Mania takes it to the next level with tracks by Weird Al Yankovic, Celine Dion, Beck and many more.

Show Playlist

  • Mortal Kombat Theme by The Immortals
  • Blue by Eiffel 65
  • Smooth by Santana
  • Men in Black by Will Smith
  • Man, I Feel Like a Woman by Shania Twain
  • That’s the Way It Is by Celine Dion
  • Time Warp Medley by Various Artists
  • Desert Rose by Sting
  • Attack of the Radioactive Hamsters from a Planet Near Mars by Weird Al Yankovic
  • Mixed Bizness by Beck
  • Under the Milky Way by The Church
  • Livin’ La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin
  • All the Small Things by Blink 182

Laser Metallica

Time: 10:00pm

Recommended: ages 15 and above

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

Laser Floyd: The Vision Bell

Time: 11:30pm

Recommended: ages 15 and above

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, May13

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 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 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

Dark Side of the Moon

Dark Side of the Moon

Time: 11:30pm

darksidemoonFrom 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.

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

  1. Speak to Me
  2. Breathe
  3. On the Run
  4. Time
  5. The Great Gig in the Sky
  1. Money
  2. Us and Them
  3. Any Colour You Like
  4. Brain Damage
  5. Eclipse