Great News! The Abbitt Planetarium is open for PUBLIC SHOWS on select days at 1:30pm. Enjoy activities in the lobby prior to some shows included in your planetarium ticket! (See schedule below)
NOTE: General Admission is required. Planetarium ticket can be reserved as an add on.
Cost: VLM members FREE (but must reserve seat), non-members $4 with general admission
PRIVATE SHOWS can be reserved for 5 people or less for any planetarium show of your choice. Full Planetarium Rental: Members $100 and non-members $200. For larger groups please call Reservations Office.
Daily tickets can be purchased at front desk. For questions on Planetarium shows call the Reservations Office at 757-595-9135, Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4:30 pm.
List of Scheduled Shows
|Dates||1pm Activity (included in show ticket)||1:30pm Planetarium Program|
|June 18, 19 & 20||Meteorite Mining||reserve Ticket for IMPACT!|
|June 25, 26 & 27||Make a Glowing Dinosaur||reserve Ticket for Jurassic Skies|
|July 2, 3 & 4||Make Fireworks Art||reserve Ticket for Spirit of America|
|July 9, 10 & 11||Meteorite Mining||reserve Ticket for IMPACT!|
|July 16, 17 & 18||Make a Glowing Dinosaur||reserve Ticket for Jurassic Skies|
|July 23, 24 & 25||Make a Planisphere||reserve Ticket for Virginia Skies|
|July 30, 31 & August 1||Meteorite Mining||reserve Ticket for IMPACT!|
|August 6, 7 & 8||Make a Glowing Dinosaur||reserve Ticket for Jurassic Skies|
|August 13, 14 & 15||Make a Planisphere||reserve Ticket for Virginia Skies|
|August 20, 21 & 22||Meteorite Mining||reserve Ticket for IMPACT!|
|August 27, 28 & 29||Make a Glowing Dinosaur||reserve Ticket for Jurassic Skies|
|September 3, 4, 5 & 6||Make a Planisphere||reserve Ticket for Virginia Skies|
Description of Shows
Spirit of America
Join 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.
Recommended for ages 6 and up.
- 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
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.
Millions of asteroids and comets lurk among the planets — left over bits and pieces from the solar system’s formation four and a half billion years ago. Because of them, we live in a dangerous cosmic shooting gallery and impacts still shape the surfaces of the planets and moons. IMPACT! is a planetarium show that teaches about meteors, meteorites, asteroids, and comets. It includes results from recent NASA missions and information about the dangers these cosmic rocks can pose to life on Earth.
What did the dinosaurs see in their sky? Could they see the stars? Are there dinosaur constellations? Find out in this interactive live planetarium program.
Recommended for all ages.
Special Thanks to the British Fulldome Institute for the use of planetarium shows and clips.