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Planetarium Shows

Visit the planets, travel to a black hole, observe spinning galaxies or study the Earth from space in the Virginia Living Museum’s 71-seat Abbitt Planetarium Theater. Using our state-of-the-art digital full-screen projection system, we can recreate the many wonders of the universe, including the stars and constellations of the sky for any season of the year – all from the comfort of an armchair.

All daytime programs cost $4 plus Museum admission. VLM members are admitted free to day-time programs. Tickets are available at the front desk.

The Abbitt Planetarium is open:

Memorial Day through Labor Day: Daily

October through May: Wednesdays through Sundays and select holiday Mondays


List of Shows

Follow the Drinking Gourd: A Quest for Freedom

February 3, 10, 17, 24

“Follow the Drinking Gourd: A Quest for Freedom” takes us back to the days when freedom was nothing more than a dream for those held in slavery. Some looked to the constellations for hope and guidance.

The story is a poignant and inspiring tale of one African-American family’s desperate flight to freedom and how they used constellations to guide the way. The program is based on a children’s book, “Follow the Drinking Gourd,” written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter.

“Follow the Drinking Gourd: A Quest for Freedom” is shown on Saturdays in February free for the general public.  No museum admission required. It is also available as a private show all year long. Great for family reunion groups.

Recommended: all ages

Cost: FREE ADMISSION (museum admission is not required)

Abraham Lincoln: The Case of the Missing Moon

February 17, 18, 19

Cost: VLM members free, non-members $4 plus Museum admission.

Abraham Lincoln was a successful trial lawyer before he became our 16th president. His most famous case was a murder…Lincoln successfully defended his client against the charges using scientific evidence about the Moon. Over 150 years later, scientists and historians have been puzzling over a question…was Lincoln’s evidence genuine, or did he just do whatever he needed to do to get his client freed? Was Honest Abe…a liar? Find out in this exciting exploration of science and history.

Laser Beatles

March 3, 4, 10, 11

Cost: VLM members free, non-members $4 plus Museum admission.

laserbeatles_postThe 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 Mania

    March 24 – April 8

    Laser-Mania-croppedRecommended: ages 6 and above

    Cost: VLM members free, non-members $4 plus Museum admission.

    Surveying soft rock, pop, and adult contemporary and easy listening 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.

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

    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

    Into the Deep

    April 2-7

    Cost: VLM members free, non-members $4 plus Museum admission.

    Take a dive and explore the history of the deep sea and the amazing creatures we find there. 

    Laser U2

    April 9-20 and April 22-May 25

    Recommended: ages 6 and above

    Cost: VLM members free, non-members $4 plus Museum admission.

    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!

    Kaluoka'hina: The Enchanted Reef

    Ongoing: days and times vary. Check the calendar.

    Cost: VLM members free, non-members $4 plus Museum admission.

    The vastness of our planet’s oceans guards unimaginable secrets. One of its most precious is “Kaluoka’hina”, the enchanted reef whose magic protects it against humans finding it. Kaluoka’hina’s colorful inhabitants have thus always lived in peace… until the volcano erupts, and the spell is broken.
    Now it’s up to the young sawfish Jake and his paranoid pal Shorty to restore the magic of Kaluoka’hina. Their only lead: the ancient legend that tells of touching the moon.
     

    Journey to Mars

    Ongoing: days and times vary. Check the calendar.

    Cost: VLM members free, non-members $4 plus Museum admission.

    Prepare for a close approach of Mars in summer 2018, and explore NASA’s plans for getting humans to Mars in this century.

    Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda

    Ongoing. Days and times vary. Check the calendar.

    Cost: VLM members free, non-members $4 plus Museum admission.

    A fascinating retelling of one of the classic Greek legends, this program is geared towards younger children and families. 

    Virginia Skies

    Ongoing. Days and times vary. Check the calendar.

    Cost: VLM members free, non-members $4 plus Museum admission.

    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.

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    Special Thanks to the British Fulldome Institute for the use of planetarium shows and clips.