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Stargazing

The 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.

Due to rising covid cases in the area, all guests ages 5 & up are required to wear masks while participating in these events.

NOTE: The evening also includes a planetarium program and several laser shows. Shows are $3 for VLM members, $6 for non-members.

 

 


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.

Due to rising covid cases in the area, all guests ages 5 & up are required to wear masks while participating in these events.

Cost: Members $3, non-members $6 per show.


Saturday, January 8

Stargazing 5-10pm

Enjoy the Get Cheesy Food Truck during the star-gazing event from 5pm – 10pm!

 

 

Virginia Skies

Time: 6pm

A live guided tour of the current evening sky with a staff astronomer.

Recommended for all ages.

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Ready Player One

Time: 7pm

Calling all gamers! Access the grid and enter a world defined by music from, for and about your favorite video games – all enhanced by incredible laser animations.

Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Playlist

  • Overture (from Tron) by Daft Punk
  • Love Island by Fatboy Slim
  • Halo 2 Theme by Martin O’Donnell & Michael Salvatori
  • All the Way Up (from Rock Band) by Emily Osment
  • One Hope (from Beat Saber) by Knower
  • Tetris Theme by Dub Fiend
  • A Quick Break (from Cuphead) by Kristofer Maddigan
  • Fortnite Rap Battle (from Fortnite) by NerdOut
  • Vengeance (from Hotline Miami) by Perturbator
  • Still Alive (from Portal) by Jonathan Coulton
  • Mortal Kombat by The Immortals
  • The Grid (from Tron) by Daft Punk
  • Phantom Racer by TWRP
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Laser Rock

Time: 8:30pm

Amazing rock and roll music paired with stunning laser animations.

Recommended for ages 15 and up.

 

 

Playlist

  • Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne
  • Jukebox Hero by Foreigner
  • Ramble On by Led Zeppelin
  • Suffragette City by David Bowie
  • Long Distance Runaround by Yes
  • La Grange by ZZTop
  • From the Beginning by Emerson, Lake & Palmer
  • Tonight, Tonight, Tonight by Genesis
  • YYZ by Rush
  • Ace of Spades by Motorhead
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The Wall

Time: 10:00pm

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.

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.

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
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Saturday, February 12

Stargazing 5-10pm

Virginia Skies

Time: 6pm

A live guided tour of the current evening sky with a staff astronomer.

Recommended for all ages.

Purchase Virginia Skies tickets

Laser Retro

Time: 7pm

The best hits of the 80s paired with killer laser animations.

Recommended for ages 6 and up.

 

 

Playlist

  • Lunatic Fringe by Red Rider
  • Everybody Wantsto Rule the World by Tears for Fears
  • One Thing Leads to Another by The Fixx
  • Message in a Bottle by The Police
  • Blue Mondayby New Order
  • Rio by Duran Duran
  • Life in a NorthernTown by The Dream Academy
  • Never Let Me Down Again by Depeche Mode
  • Sweet Dreams by The Eurthymics
  • Just Like Heaven by The Cure
  • She Blinded Me With Science by Thomas Dolby
  • Birds Fly by Icicle Works
  • New Sensationby INXS
  • Relaxby Frankie Goes to Hollywood
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Laser Zeppelin

Time: 8:30pm

Almost a full hour of amazing rock with Led Zeppelin. See incredible laser images custom-created for awesome songs like Kashmir, No Quarter, Over the Hills and Far Away and many more. Led Zeppelin is proclaimed by many critics to be the progenitors of heavy metal and hard rock, and their individualistic style reset the standards for many musical genres in the 1960s and ‘70s. Indeed, they have been hailed as one of the most successful, innovative and influential bands, alongside Pink Floyd, U2 and the Beatles. Now you can relive the magical sounds of Led Zeppelin while enjoying a visual treat of custom laser imagery.

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 Laser Zeppelin program will be high and the imagery can be intense.

Show Playlist

  • Song Remains the Same
  • Over the Hills and Far Away
  • Good Times, Bad Times
  • Immigrant Song
  • No Quarter
  • Black Dog
  • Livin’ Lovin’ Maid
  • Kashmir
  • Stairway to Heaven
  • Whole Lotta Love
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll
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Dark Side of the Moon

Time: 10:00pm

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 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.

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.

Playlist

  • Speak to Me
  • Breathe
  • On the Run
  • Time
  • The Great Gig in the Sky
  • Speak to Me
  • Breathe
  • On the Run
  • Time
  • The Great Gig in the Sky
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Saturday, March 12

Stargazing 5-10pm

Virginia Skies

Time: 6pm

A live guided tour of the current evening sky with a staff astronomer.

Recommended for all ages.

Purchase Virginia Skies tickets

Laser Spirit

Time: 7:00 pm

Celebrate our great nation and her heroes with this dazzling mix of music of and inspired by America. Enjoy hits from Lee Greenwood, Kansas, The Beatles, Gloria Estefan and many others! Enjoy laser fireworks in the cool of the Abbitt Planetarium!

Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Show Playlist

  • Summon the Heroes by John Williams
  • Beautiful Day by U2
  • Music by Madonna
  • Beatles Medley by The Beatles
  • Reach by Gloria Estefan
  • Santorini by Yanni
  • Rock Lobster by The B52s
  • Birds Fly by Icicle Works
  • Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas
  • Patriotic Medley including Aaron Copeland & Lee Greenwood
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Laser Floyd: The Vision Bell

Time: 8:30pm

You’ll be amazed at the powerful mix of incredible laser lights and the psychedelic sounds of Pink Floyd.

Recommended for ages 15 and up.

The Wall

Time: 10:00pm

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.

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.

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
Purchase The Wall tickets

Saturday, April 9th

Stargazing 5-10pm

Virginia Skies

Time: 6pm

A live guided tour of the current evening sky with a staff astronomer.

Recommended for all ages.

Purchase Virginia Skies tickets

Laser Tribute

Time: 8:30 pm

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.
Recommended for ages 6 and up.
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
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Rush 2112

Time: 8:30pm

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.

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.

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
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Dark Side of the Moon

Time: 10:00pm

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 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.

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.

Playlist

  • Speak to Me
  • Breathe
  • On the Run
  • Time
  • The Great Gig in the Sky
  • Speak to Me
  • Breathe
  • On the Run
  • Time
  • The Great Gig in the Sky
Purchase Dark Side of the Moon tickets

Saturday, May 14th

Stargazing 5-10pm

Virginia Skies

Time: 6pm

A live guided tour of the current evening sky with a staff astronomer.

Recommended for all ages.

Purchase Virginia Skies tickets

Laser U2

laser_U2Time: 7pm

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!

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

Recommended for ages 6 and above

Show Playlist

  • Where the Streets Have No Name
  • I Will Follow
  • Beautiful Day
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • October
  • The Fly
  • Mysterious Ways
  • Pride
  • Zoo Station
  • With or Without You
  • Desire
  • New Year’s Day
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Killer Queen

Time: 8:30pm

The glam. The rock. The drama. It all adds up to Queen. Jam to some of their classics in this incredible laser light show!

Recommended for ages 15 and up

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The Wall

Time: 10:00pm

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.

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.

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
Purchase The Wall tickets