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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 state-of-the-art 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.


Saturday, March 10

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: 7:30pm

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 Retro

Time: 8:30pm

Travel back to the days of leg warmers and big hair with this rad playlist of 80s hits!  Relieve your glory days with songs by Tears for Fears, Icicle Works, New Order and so many more.  It’s like, totally awesome, dude!

Show Playlist

  • Lunatic Fringe by Red Rider
  • Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears
  • One Thing Leads to Another by The Fixx
  • Message in a Bottle by The Police
  • Blue Monday by New Order
  • Rio by Duran Duran
  • Life in a Northern Town by The Dream Academy
  • Never Let Me Down Again by Depeche Mode
  • Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) by The Eurythmics
  • Just Like Heaven by The Cure
  • She Blinded Me with Science by Thomas Dolby
  • Birds Fly (Whisper to a Scream) by Icicle Works
  • New Sensation by INXS
  • Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Laser Rock

Time: 10:00pm

Immerse yourself in the many facets of rock and roll with this awesome laser show. Featuring tracks from artists like Foreigner, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin and more, this show is a visual and auditory tribute to all those who know how to rock.

Please note that we do not recommend this program for children under the age of 15.

Many of these songs contain lyrics some parents may find objectionable.

Please be aware that volume levels will be high and the imagery can be intense.

Show Playlist

  • Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne
  • Juke Box Hero by Foreigner
  • Ramble On by Led Zeppelin
  • Suffragette City by David Bowie
  • Long Distance Runaround by Yes
  • La Grange by ZZ Top
  • From the Beginning by Emerson, Lake and Palmer
  • Tonight, Tonight, Tonight by Genesis
  • YYZ by Rush
  • Ace of Spades by Motörhead

Pink Floyd's The Vision Bell

Time: 11:30pm

Inspired by the 1994 release of Pink Floyd’s The Division Bell, this show features a mix of some of Pink Floyd’s greatest hits, all combined with astonishing laser animation.  If you’ve never listened to Pink Floyd before, this show gives you an amazing sampler of their range.  And if you’re a long-time fan, it will remind you why.

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 2)
  • Hey You
  • Is Anybody Out There?
  • Pigs on the Wing (Part 2)
  • One of These Days
  • Hero’s Return

Saturday, April 14

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: 7:30pm

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 U2

Time: 8:30pm

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!

Recommendation: ages 6 and up

Laser Metallica

Time: 10:00pm

Metal meets lasers! And it is intense! The theater shakes with awesome hits like Enter Sandman, Nothing Else Matters, Sad But True and so much more. You’ve never done metal ’til you’ve done it with lasers!

Please note that we do not recommend this program for children under the age of 15. Many of these songs contain lyrics some parents may find objectionable.

Please be aware that volume levels during our Metallica program will be high and the imagery can be intense.

Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon

Time: 11:30pm

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