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Summer 2021 | Planetarium Shows are Back!

Cost: $4 per non-member, free for members, Ages 2 & under are free

Location: Abbitt Planetarium

Time: 1:30pm Saturdays & Sundays

Journey through our solar system and beyond while learning about subjects such as Astronomy, Meteorology, Paleontology and more! Ticket holders can also participate in fun pre-show activities/crafts at 1pm.

See Planetarium Schedule and Reserve Ticket


June 19-Sept 6 | Super Science Live

Cost: Included with museum admission

Time: Saturdays & Sundays 11:15am & 12:15pm

Location: Amphitheater (Inside in case of inclement weather)

Join our amazing astronomers and educators each day to observe different eye-opening experiments! Check the table below for a specific schedule of experiments (subject to change based on daily conditions)


June  19th & 20th Bernoulli Vacuum Using the Bernoulli Principle to levitate objects using a vacuum cleaner.
June 26th & 27th Elephant Toothpaste Showcases an exothermic chemical reaction to create a big bubbly mess.
July 3rd & 4th Wind Tubes Demonstrating the power of air flow by blowing up large tubes using a single breath.
July 10th & 11th Water Surface Tension Demonstration of the power of surface tension by inverting containers of water over a person.
July 17th & 18th Standing on a Cardboard Cylinder Demonstrating the power of a cylinder by having one made of cardboard support the weight of a fully grown adult.
July 24th & 25th Air Zooka The power of air flow is used to knock cups around from long distances.
July 31st & Aug 1st Piezo Popper  The explosive power of alcohol is demonstrated by having a film canister go flying and making a lot of noise.
Aug 7th & 8th Phone Book Friction Static friction is demonstrated using the interleaved pages of two phone books.
Aug 14th & 15th Ball Chain Drop The unusual behavior of ball chain to seemingly defy gravity is demonstrated thanks to Newton’s First Law of Motion.
Aug 21st & 22nd Xylos Gyroscopic Stability is demonstrated
Aug 28th & 29th Diet Coke and Mentos A chemical reaction produces a bubbly mess and the benefits of a nozzle are demonstrated.
 Sept   4th, 5th & 6th Alka Seltzer Rockets A chemical react
ion is used to launch film canisters.


June 20 | Members Only Father’s Day Deal

Celebrate Father’s Day at the VLM!
Enjoy one complimentary guest add on for June 20th!
The VLM says, “THANKS DAD!”
Must show membership at front desk.


June 26, July 17, Aug. 21 | Dino on the Loose


Cost: Included with museum admission

Time: 11am and 1pm

Back by popular demand…
Walking T. rex – Dino on the Loose! Appearances at 11am and 1pm. (for approximately 15 minutes – weather permitting)
Join our walking T. rex for dinosaur parades, photo ops and a roaring good time on the Dinosaur Discovery Trail!


July 2, 3 & 4 | Spirit of America Planetarium show

Spirit_of_America72 webJoin 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.

Show Playlist

  • God Bless America by Celine Dion
  • Hoedown by Aaron Copeland
  • Centerfield by John Fogerty
  • Fifties Medley by Various Artists
  • The Star Spangled Banner by KISS
  • Servicemen on Parade by Aaron Copeland
  • Standing Outside the Fire by Garth Brooks
  • Pink Houses by John Cougar Mellencamp
  • Only in America by Brooks & Dunn
  • State Medley by Various Artists
  • God Bless the USA by Lee Greenwood
reserve Ticket for Spirit of America


July 24 | Dino Pajama Jam 2021

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Location: museum indoors

Cost: $7.00 per member, $12.00 per nonmember, children ages 2 & under are free.

Come join the Virginia Living Museum for some dino-tastic family fun! This two-hour event will be just right for everyone looking to get out of the house for an evening and party with a Live DJ on our dance floor, enjoy light snacks, and participate in arts & crafts activities.

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