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Stargazing

star gazingThe Virginia Living Museum offers free stargazing beginning at sunset on the second Saturday of every month. Stargazing 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 Stargazing – Laser evenings (times vary).


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. Tickets can be purchased in advance.


Saturday, July 13

Free observing begins at approximately 9 pm.

Show 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: 6:30 pm, 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 Beatles

Time: 8:30 pm

Recommended: ages 6 and above

The 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 Metallica

laser_metallica_posterTime: 10 pm

Recommended: ages 15 and above

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.

Show Playlist

  • For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Ain’t My *****
  • One
  • Fuel
  • Nothing Else Matters
  • Master of Puppets
  • Unforgiven II
  • Sad But True
  • Enter Sandman

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, August 10

The August 10 Stargazing Event will have an end of the summer bash!

Come out after work and celebrate the summer with:
–  Food from Frank’s Monster Munchies Food Truck
–  Music from local artist Joe McMurray and;
–  Lawn Games

Free observing begins at approximately 8:30 pm.

Show 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 Rock

Time: 10 pm

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.

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

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.

Playlist

  • In the Flesh
  • The Thin Ice
  • Another Brick in the Wall (Part I)
  • The Happiest Days of Our Lives
  • Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)
  • Mother
  • Goodbye Blue Sky
  • Empty Spaces
  • Young Lust
  • Another Brick in the Wall (Part III)
  • Hey You
  • Comfortably Numb
  • Stop
  • The Trial

Saturday, September 14

Free observing begins at approximately 8:30 pm.

Show 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 Retro

Time: 8:30 pm

Recommended: ages 6 and above

RetroTotally awesome! Let our lasers take you back to the days of leg warmers, big hair and excellent music! Fun for the whole family, you’ll rock on to music from great ’80s bands like New Order, The Cure and way more. Astonishing laser art is coupled with upbeat rock and pop songs from one of the most exciting periods in mainstream music: the ‘80s! Like, don’t miss it..

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

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 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!

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

  • 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

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