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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 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 daily. 


List of Shows

The Zula Patrol: Down to Earth

Dates: December 3, 4, 5, 6 (times vary). Check the calendar.

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

The Zula Patrol try to stop Deleria from polluting the Earth of the past while learning about the structure and history of the planet.

Cocomong: A Space Adventure

Dates: December 10, 11, 12, 13 (times vary). Check the calendar.

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

The playful prankster monkey and his friends travel through space to save an alien from the Virus King!

Cocomong: A Space Adventure

The Friendly Stars

Dates: December 17, 18, 19, 20 (times vary). Check the calendar.

Recommended: ages 6 and under, accompanied by an adult

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

Introduce your little astronomer to the wonders of the sky with this gentle and interactive program for preschoolers. One of our staff astronomers, with some help from our friendly Sun character Sol and the chatty stars of the night sky, will guide you and your little ones on a journey from day to night and show you some of the exciting things you can find just by looking up. An excellent “first experience” program for children before coming on their first field trip with their kindergarten class.

Journey to Mars

Ongoing: days and times vary.Check the calendar.

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

An exploration of the long history of man’s fascination with Mars and a NASA “commercial” for future human Mars exploration.

Journey to Mars

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.