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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 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.


Friday, December 7

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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Star of Wonder: Mystery of the Christmas Star

Time: 6:30 pm

Since 1965, we have journeyed in the footsteps of the Magi, seeking the identity of a mysterious star which foretold the coming of a king. Over the years, the scientific thinking has changed, archaeology has revealed new clues about the lands in which these events took place, and our understanding of who the Magi might have actually been has grown. The show was completely revised in 2008 to offer a truly immersive look at the journey of the Magi while examining the latest clues and seeking once more to understand the appearance of the Star of Bethlehem.

Our presentation of Star of Wonder: Mystery of the Christmas Star is made possible by E&S Spitz.

Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Virginia Skies

Time: 7:30 pm

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 Holidays

Time: 8:30 pm

From Randy Travis and James Galway to The Jackson 5 and Burl Ives we’ve got everyone’s favorite holiday classics – and even a few that might just become your favorite! Celebrate the season with the music and magic of Laser Holidays.

Possible Songs

  • Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson
  • Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy by Tchaikovsky
  • Up on the Housetop by The Jackson 5
  • Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer by Burl Ives
  • Winter Wonderland by The Eurythmics
  • Deck the Halls (orchestral)
  • Jingle Bell Rock by Randy Travis
  • White Christmas by Bing Crosby
  • Christmastime by The Smashing Pumpkins
  • Oichie Chiun (Silent Night) by Enya
  • All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth by Spike Jones and His City Slickers
  • Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano
  • Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree by Ronnie Spector and Darlene Love
  • Frosty the Snowman by The Cocteau Twins
  • Carol of the Bells by David Foster
  • The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole
  • All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas by Jame Galway
  • The Chipmunk Song by Alvin and the Chipmunks

Laser Queen

Time: 10 pm

There can be only one… Laser Queen! Since its World Premiere at Pacific Science Center, Laser Queen has been an instant classic for audiences of all ages. Queen perfected the art of creating the most epic, and immortal rock anthems of all time. Freddie Mercury may be gone, but the Queen saga lives on! The rock will be loud, emotions high, and LASER light bright when we play all the sing-along hits: “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “Under Pressure,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” and of course “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Show Playlist

  • Stone Cold Crazy
  • Princes of the Universe
  • Killer Queen
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • We Are the Champions
  • Fat Bottomed Girls
  • Under Pressure
  • We Will Rock You
  • Bicycle Race
  • Another One Bites the Dust
  • Best Friend
  • Flash
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  • Somebody to Love
  • I Want it All

The Wall

Time: 11:30 pm 

The Wall is best considered as a continual story rather than a collection of individual songs. It tells the tale of a rock star named Pink and his downward spiral into madness. To the listener, and indeed many critics, The Wall is a gripping and spellbinding musical journey – beautiful, haunting, powerful and thought provoking. It is a timeless classic, and one of Pink Floyd’s best, becoming the group’s second best seller behind Dark Side of the Moon.

Now coupled with spectacular and mesmerizing laser art, Pink Floyd’s classic 1979 epic about personal struggle takes on a unique look, weaving its story in one of the most popular laser shows ever produced! Visitors will become lost and spellbound as their senses join this timeless journey.

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.


Saturday, January 12

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: 7:30 pm

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: 8:30 pm

Recommended: ages 6 and above

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

*NEW* Rush 2112

Time: 10 pm

Recommended: ages 15 and above

Over forty years ago the three prophets of Rush foretold an intergalactic war on their prog-rock album, 2112. They predicted that in the year 2062, the universe will finally find peace — and oppression — as the Solar Federation unifies warring planets and instates the music-hating Priests of the Temples of Syrinx as overlords. Everything will change, however, in 2112 when an optimistic free-thinker finds a “strange musical device” and martyrs himself while attempting to bring melody to the stars.
Show Playlist 
  • 2112
    • I. Overture
    • II. The Temples of Syrinx
    • III. Discovery
    • IV. Presentation
    • V. Oracle: The Dream
    • VI. Soliloquy
    • VII. Grand Finale
  •  A Passage to Bangkok
  • The Twilight Zone
  • Lessons
  • Tears
  • Something for Nothing

Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon

Time: 11:30 pm

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.

From 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.

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

  • Speak to Me
  • Breathe
  • On the Run
  • Time
  • The Great Gig in the Sky
  • Money
  • Us and Them
  • Any Colour You Like
  • Brain Damage
  • Eclipse

Saturday, February 9

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: 7:30 pm

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 Tribute

Time: 8:30 pm

Recommended: ages 6 and above

Pay tribute to the great artists we’ve lost (some much too soon!) in this wonderful program.  Featuring music by Queen, David Bowie, Michael Jackson and more, this show has something for everyone to enjoy.
Show Playlist
  • Beat It – Michael Jackson
  • Purple Haze – Jimi Hendrix
  • Neon Knights – Black Sabbath
  • Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley
  • Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash
  • Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
  • Imagine – John Lennon
  • Space Oddity – David Bowie
  • I Wanna Dance with Somebody – Whitney Houston
  • Break on Through – Jim Morrison
  • Let’s Go Crazy – Prince

Laser Doors

Time: 10 pm

Recommended: ages 15 and above

The sixties are back, and they are as psychedelic as ever! Go back to the days of peace, love, and awesome music with Jim Morrison and Laser Doors. Experience hits like Spanish Caravan, Soul Kitchen, Break on Through, and many, many more with the most dazzling and intense laser effects you’ve ever seen. Laser Doors is a laser adventure not to be missed!

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

  • Break on Through
  • Love Her Madly
  • People are Strange
  • Horse Latitudes
  • Moonlight Drive
  • Light My Fire
  • Soul Kitchen
  • The Crystal Ship
  • Waiting for the Sun
  • Spanish Caravan
  • The End
  • Peace Frog
  • Hello, I Love You
  • Love Me Two Times
  • L.A. Woman

The Wall

Time: 11:30 pm 

The Wall is best considered as a continual story rather than a collection of individual songs. It tells the tale of a rock star named Pink and his downward spiral into madness. To the listener, and indeed many critics, The Wall is a gripping and spellbinding musical journey – beautiful, haunting, powerful and thought provoking. It is a timeless classic, and one of Pink Floyd’s best, becoming the group’s second best seller behind Dark Side of the Moon.

Now coupled with spectacular and mesmerizing laser art, Pink Floyd’s classic 1979 epic about personal struggle takes on a unique look, weaving its story in one of the most popular laser shows ever produced! Visitors will become lost and spellbound as their senses join this timeless journey.

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.


Saturday, March 9

Cost: Members $3 per show, non-members $6 per show. Double features are $5 for VLM members and $10 for non-members.

Purchase Tickets Now

 

Virginia Skies

Time: 7:30 pm

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 Pop

Time: 8:30 pm

The hottest pop artists and the latest laser art come together in a sensational, eye-POPping laser show that will have your heart thumping and your feet tapping! Laser Pop features sizzling stars, both past and present, in brilliant laser light. It’s an amazing mix of hits from great bands like The Beach Boys, Smashmouth, N’Sync, Pink and many more!

Show Playlist

  • Pop–N’Sync
  • Get This Party Started–Pink
  • Beatles Medley–The Beatles
  • I’m A Believer–Smashmouth
  • Desert Rose–Sting
  • Beach Boys Medley–The Beach Boys
  • Cosmic Thing–The B52’s
  • Digital Get Down–N’Sync
  • Kryptonite–3 Doors Down

The Vision Bell

Time: 10 pm

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.

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

Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon

Time: 11:30 pm

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.

From 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.

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

  • Speak to Me
  • Breathe
  • On the Run
  • Time
  • The Great Gig in the Sky
  • Money
  • Us and Them
  • Any Colour You Like
  • Brain Damage
  • Eclipse