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February 2023

Mazes and Brain Games

02/01/2023
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Maneuver your way through this mind boggling collection of mind-bending adventures, 3-D puzzles and full-body games – an unforgettable adventure that’s sure to challenge, entertain and amaze visitors of all ages.

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Groundhog Day 2023

02/02/2023
11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Join the Museum in celebrating groundhog day with Chesapeake Chuck! Will Chesapeake Chuck see his shadow? Which Superbowl team will he predict?

 


Bacchus Wine and Food Festival 2023

02/03/2023
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Bacchus, the god of Nature, Vine, and Wine invites you to the Virginia Living Museum’s 19th Annual Bacchus Wine & Food Festival – a 2018 Best of Hampton Roads event. Enjoy delicious samplings of fine wine, local Hampton Roads restaurant fare, a diverse Silent Auction, and an exciting mix of local, live music and entertainment as you mingle with friends among the beautiful museum galleries and exhibits.

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Stargazing February 2023

02/11/2023
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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 $5, non-members $8 per show.


February 11: Stargazing Night

Virginia Skies

Time: 6pm

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

Recommended for all ages.

Virginia Skies tickets

Laser U2

Time: 7pm

laser_U2Recommended: ages 6 and above

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.

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

Laser U2 tickets

Laser Doors

Time: 8:30pm

laserdoorsRecommended: 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

Laser Doors tickets

Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon

Time: 10pm

Recommended: ages 15 and above

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.

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

Dark Side of the Moon tickets


Naturally Speaking February 2023

02/16/2023
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Virginia Living Museum’s Naturally Speaking Lecture Series is a regular virtual and in-person event. Click the link below for a full run down of upcoming lectures.

All Lectures

An invasion is happening on Earth out of sight – and the invaders have not finished conquering. Striking and hypnotic, the invasive lionfish is believed to be one of the most successful invasive species ever, ravaging reef ecosystems all the way from Maine to Brazil. In 2022, Jeff Boedeker wrote and produced the nationally broadcasted PBS NOVA special, Ocean Invaders – a documentary that dives into the epic science of invasions through the extraordinary story of the invasive lionfish. After a screening of the film, join Jeff for a Q&A, to discuss everything from the science of invasions, to submarine dives in the Caribbean and techniques for producing nature documentaries.

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FrogWatch

02/26/2023
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for FrogWatch – a community science program to help monitor frog populations! Practice identifying over 20 unique frog calls and learn about frog conservation. After learning the calls, you will be able to help monitor and submit data about local frog populations. Training is 2 parts and you must attend both parts.

Training time: 2pm-4pm

Training #1 dates: January 29, Feb 26, Apr 9.

Training #2 dates: Feb 5, Mar 5, Apr 16.

Minimum age: 11 years old. Children ages 11-14 must have an adult present. Registration is required.

January 29th training

February 26th training

April 9th training


March 2023

Stargazing March 2023

03/11/2023
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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 $5, non-members $8 per show.


March 11: Stargazing Night

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Release of Dark Side of the Moon

Virginia Skies

Time: 6pm

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

Recommended for all ages.

Virginia Skies tickets

Laser Vinyl (feat. Pink Floyd)

Time: 7pm

laser_vinyl

Remember the days when you bought an album as much for the cover art as for the music…the days of vinyl? Then this laser show is for you. Rock on with solid hits from bands like Journey, Boston, Kansas and many more! This is lasers old school style! Accompanying a fantastic musical concert representing the best of classic rock is some of the most beautiful and stunning laser art ever produced! Reminisce, tap your feet and enjoy a truly fantastic audio-visual event that will rock your body, mind and soul!

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

Show Playlist

  • Karn Evil 9–ELP
  • Jump–Van Halen
  • Bohemian Rhapsody–Queen
  • Carry On My Wayward Son–Kansas
  • Rock-n-Roll All Night–Kiss


  • Dream On–Aerosmith
  • Rock-n-Roll Band–Boston
  • Separate Ways–Journey
  • One of These Days–Pink Floyd

Laser Vinyl tickets

Laser Floyd: The Vision Bell

Time: 8:30pm

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.

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

The Vision Bell tickets

Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon: 50th Anniversary Edition

Time: 10pm

Recommended: ages 15 and above

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.

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

Dark Side of the Moon tickets


Naturally Speaking March 2023

03/16/2023
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Virginia Living Museum’s Naturally Speaking Lecture Series is a regular virtual and in-person event. Click the link below for a full run down of upcoming lectures.

All Lectures

Artificial light at night is essential to our lives, communities, and society. But the routine indiscriminate use of too much badly-designed lighting degrades ecosystems, imperils wildlife, and fails to deliver on promises of improved safety and security while also eroding our own health. What do we lose when we obliterate the stars from the night sky and darkness below it? This presentation will explore the causes and consequences of light pollution, explain the basics of responsible outdoor lighting, deliver good news about nightscape conservation, and equip the audience to bring back the night beginning at home. Because every day needs a night.

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Reptile and Amphibian Weekend 2023

03/17/2023
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Experience a close encounter of the reptile kind!  A wide variety of native and exotic reptiles will be on display and in live animal programs.  Enjoy seeing unusual reptiles displayed by guest exhibitors, as well as crafts, activities, and reptile-related planetarium shows throughout the weekend.


April 2023

Stargazing April 2023

04/08/2023
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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 $5, non-members $8 per show.


April 8: Stargazing Night

Join us for a CNU Science Night!

Virginia Skies

Time: 6pm

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

Recommended for all ages.

Virginia Skies tickets

iPop

Time: 7pm

The early 2000s.  The iTunes generation.  Now they’ve got their own laser show.  Come experience the pop music of the early twenty-first century all coupled up with extraordinary laser effects.  Featuring artists like Big Time Rush, Emily Osment, and Selena Gomez, this is iPop.

  • Baby by Justin Bieber
  • All the Way Up by Emily Osment
  • Naturally by Selena Gomez
  • I Can’t Be Tamed by Miley Cyrus
  • ABC by The Jackson 5
  • Telephone by Lady Gaga
  • TRON: Legacy


  • Halfway There by Big Time Rush
  • Freak the Freak Out by Victoria Justice
  • Masquerade by Ashley Tisdale
  • I Got a Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas
  • Rocketeer by Far East Movement
  • Firework by Katy Perry

iPop tickets

Rush 2112

Time: 8:30pm

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

Rush 2112 tickets

Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon

Time: 10pm

Recommended: ages 15 and above

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.

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

Dark Side of the Moon tickets


FrogWatch

04/09/2023
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for FrogWatch – a community science program to help monitor frog populations! Practice identifying over 20 unique frog calls and learn about frog conservation. After learning the calls, you will be able to help monitor and submit data about local frog populations. Training is 2 parts and you must attend both parts.

Training time: 2pm-4pm

Training #1 dates: January 29, Feb 26, Apr 9.

Training #2 dates: Feb 5, Mar 5, Apr 16.

Minimum age: 11 years old. Children ages 11-14 must have an adult present. Registration is required.

January 29th training

February 26th training

April 9th training


Spring Native Plant Sale 2023 Member Preview

04/20/2023
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Member Preview Sale: April 20 | 4pm-6pm

Public Sale:  April 22-23, 29-30 | 9am-4:30pm

Choose from an incredible array of beautiful and unusual native plants for a variety of garden sites and styles, from wet ponds to dry rock gardens. Many of these are excellent plants for attracting butterflies, hummingbirds and other wildlife to your yard. The Virginia Living Museum’s horticulture staff holds this annual sale as a fund-raiser, but the real goal is to introduce the gardening public to the incredible variety of native plants that will do well in the landscape, and to educate gardeners about those which are better left in the wild. Native plants are good choices for area gardeners because such plants tolerate the area’s weather and serve as food and shelter for area wildlife, while also providing a good show in the garden.

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Naturally Speaking April 2023

04/20/2023
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Virginia Living Museum’s Naturally Speaking Lecture Series is a regular virtual and in-person event. Click the link below for a full run down of upcoming lectures.

All Lectures

Learn about the threats that birds face in Virginia, from window collisions to cats, deer, habitat loss, and invasive species. Discover what you can do to alleviate some of these in your own yard.

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Spring Native Plant Sale 2023

04/22/2023
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Member Preview Sale: April 20 | 4pm-6pm

Public Sale:  April 22-23, 29-30 | 9am-4:30pm

Choose from an incredible array of beautiful and unusual native plants for a variety of garden sites and styles, from wet ponds to dry rock gardens. Many of these are excellent plants for attracting butterflies, hummingbirds and other wildlife to your yard. The Virginia Living Museum’s horticulture staff holds this annual sale as a fund-raiser, but the real goal is to introduce the gardening public to the incredible variety of native plants that will do well in the landscape, and to educate gardeners about those which are better left in the wild. Native plants are good choices for area gardeners because such plants tolerate the area’s weather and serve as food and shelter for area wildlife, while also providing a good show in the garden.

Click here for full info


Spring Native Plant Sale 2023

04/29/2023
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Member Preview Sale: April 20 | 4pm-6pm

Public Sale:  April 22-23, 29-30 | 9am-4:30pm

Choose from an incredible array of beautiful and unusual native plants for a variety of garden sites and styles, from wet ponds to dry rock gardens. Many of these are excellent plants for attracting butterflies, hummingbirds and other wildlife to your yard. The Virginia Living Museum’s horticulture staff holds this annual sale as a fund-raiser, but the real goal is to introduce the gardening public to the incredible variety of native plants that will do well in the landscape, and to educate gardeners about those which are better left in the wild. Native plants are good choices for area gardeners because such plants tolerate the area’s weather and serve as food and shelter for area wildlife, while also providing a good show in the garden.

Click here for full info


May 2023

Naturally Speaking May 2023

05/18/2023
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Virginia Living Museum’s Naturally Speaking Lecture Series is a regular virtual and in-person event. Click the link below for a full run down of upcoming lectures.

All Lectures

Virginians are increasingly aware of and concerned with plastic pollution that litters neighborhoods, clogs streams and storm drains, and enters our oceans as harmful marine debris. Katie Register of Clean Virginia Waterways will provide an overview of the sources and impacts of mis-managed waste in Virginia and will focus on solutions to the growing plastic pollution problem — including single-use plastic food and beverage items. She will share solutions to address single-use consumer items (bottles, bags, cigarette butts, food wrappers), microplastics, derelict fishing gear, and abandoned watercraft.

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Endangered Species Day

05/21/2023
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Come learn about endangered species, including which ones we host here at the VLM, as well as what can be done to help protect species at risk!

This event will include hands on activities and specialized keeper talks throughout the day and is included in your membership or day pass to the museum.


June 2023

Turtle Census 2023

06/24/2023
8:30 am - 11:00 am

The Virginia Living Museum Education and Herpetology staff began a multi-year research project to monitor the population changes of freshwater turtles in a local watershed over time.

Every year in June and July we set out live-capture, baited hoop nets in Deer Park Lake to catch and survey as many turtles as possible. VLM Staff and volunteers gather all of the turtles that are collected in these nets and spend the morning identifying the species and sex of the turtles, cleaning the shell to remove any stuck-on algae, and using a special marking system to determine whether each turtle is new for the year or a recapture from previous years.

In 2023 the dates are:

  • June 24 (8:30am- 11am)
  • July 8 (8:30am- 11am)
  • July 15 (8:30am- 11am)
The 11am end time is an estimation, census activities will go until completion.
Sign up links coming soon!

Please wear weather appropriate attire, this event will take place outside. Gloves will be provided. Please bring your own water bottle.

You will be handling wild turtles during this event. By purchasing tickets, you are assuming all risks.

Photos will be taken at this event and may be used for promotional material.


July 2023

Turtle Census 2023

07/08/2023
8:30 am - 11:00 am

The Virginia Living Museum Education and Herpetology staff began a multi-year research project to monitor the population changes of freshwater turtles in a local watershed over time.

Every year in June and July we set out live-capture, baited hoop nets in Deer Park Lake to catch and survey as many turtles as possible. VLM Staff and volunteers gather all of the turtles that are collected in these nets and spend the morning identifying the species and sex of the turtles, cleaning the shell to remove any stuck-on algae, and using a special marking system to determine whether each turtle is new for the year or a recapture from previous years.

In 2023 the dates are:

  • June 24 (8:30am- 11am)
  • July 8 (8:30am- 11am)
  • July 15 (8:30am- 11am)
The 11am end time is an estimation, census activities will go until completion.
Sign up links coming soon!

Please wear weather appropriate attire, this event will take place outside. Gloves will be provided. Please bring your own water bottle.

You will be handling wild turtles during this event. By purchasing tickets, you are assuming all risks.

Photos will be taken at this event and may be used for promotional material.


Turtle Census 2023

07/15/2023
8:30 am - 11:00 am

The Virginia Living Museum Education and Herpetology staff began a multi-year research project to monitor the population changes of freshwater turtles in a local watershed over time.

Every year in June and July we set out live-capture, baited hoop nets in Deer Park Lake to catch and survey as many turtles as possible. VLM Staff and volunteers gather all of the turtles that are collected in these nets and spend the morning identifying the species and sex of the turtles, cleaning the shell to remove any stuck-on algae, and using a special marking system to determine whether each turtle is new for the year or a recapture from previous years.

In 2023 the dates are:

  • June 24 (8:30am- 11am)
  • July 8 (8:30am- 11am)
  • July 15 (8:30am- 11am)
The 11am end time is an estimation, census activities will go until completion.
Sign up links coming soon!

Please wear weather appropriate attire, this event will take place outside. Gloves will be provided. Please bring your own water bottle.

You will be handling wild turtles during this event. By purchasing tickets, you are assuming all risks.

Photos will be taken at this event and may be used for promotional material.


 

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