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Star Party/Laser Evenings

Holiday Evenings in the Planetarium – December 16 & 23

Join us for an evening of holiday themed planetarium shows:

Star of Wonder: Mystery of the Christmas Star 6:30pm

Holiday Magic Laser Show 7:30pm

Single Show: Members $3; Non-members $6

Double Feature: Members $5; Non-members $10


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, December 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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Star of Wonder

Time: 6:30pm

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: 7:30pm

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.

Holiday Magic

Time: 8:30pm

Holiday Magic is a delightful celebration of the holiday season that the whole family will enjoy!  Featuring timeless classics and songs from the holiday specials we loved as kids, as well as modern holiday music, this show has something for everyone.  Ring in the holiday season with the most amazing light show in town!

Show Playlist

  • Joy to the World
  • The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
  • Jingle Bell Rock
  • The March of the Toy Soldiers
  • Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
  • We Three Kings of Orient Are
  • Snow Miser
  • Linus and Lucy
  • Up on the Housetop
  • White Christmas
  • The Russian Dance
  • Let it Snow
  • Winter Wonderland
  • Sleigh Ride
  • Christmas Eve Sarajevo 12/24

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.

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

The Wall

Time: 11:30pm

Recommended: ages 15 and above

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.

Show 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, January 13

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.

Laseropolis

laseropolis_thumbTime: 8:30pm

Recommended: ages 6 and up

A mind-blowing mix of music and equally dazzling laser effects come together to make a truly awesome laser experience. Jam to bands like Oasis, Future Sounds of London, Emerson Lake & Palmer and so much more. Ancient towers hide the symbols that will transport you to new experiences of sight and sounds. Should you survive the journey through the four space-time pillars, a portal will be opened into a previously unseen and unheard dimension! Laseropolis is an eclectic mix of musical themes surveying pop, rock, alternative and oldies.

Please note that we do not recommend this program for children under the age of 6.

Note for daytime laser shows: Due to time limitations, not all songs may be included in every program. Your actual playlist will be determined by your laserist.

Show Playlist

Karn Evil 9 by Emerson, Lake and Palmer
Head Over Feet by Alanis Morrisette
Rock Lobster by The B52s
Firestarter by Prodigy
Under the Milky Way by The Church
Papua New Guinea by Future Sounds of London
Spiderwebs by No Doubt

Foreplay by Boston
Champagne Supernova by Oasis
End of the World (As We Know It) by REM
Torn by Creed
Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
One of These Days by Pink Floyd

Laser Doors

laserdoorsTime: 10:00pm

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 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 Vision Bell

Time: 11:30pm

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.

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

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


Saturday, February 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 Genesis

Time: 8:30pm

There are certain moments in pop music when an artist reaches that pinnacle of success or dominance. Laser spectacular feast for the senses presented in breath-taking.

Recommended: ages 6 and under, accompanied by an adult.

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

Pink Floyd's The Wall

thewallTime: 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.

Show Playlist

  1. In the Flesh
  2. The Thin Ice
  3. Another Brick in the Wall (Part I)
  4. The Happiest Days of Our Lives
  5. Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)
  6. Mother
  7. Goodbye Blue Sky
  1. Empty Spaces
  2. Young Lust
  3. Another Brick in the Wall (Part III)
  4. Hey You
  5. Comfortably Numb
  6. Stop
  7. The Trial
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Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon

Time: 11:30pm

darksidemoonFrom 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.

Show Playlist

  1. Speak to Me
  2. Breathe
  3. On the Run
  4. Time
  5. The Great Gig in the Sky
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  1. Money
  2. Us and Them
  3. Any Colour You Like
  4. Brain Damage
  5. Eclipse
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