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Destination: Dinosaurs!

Immerse yourself in the prehistoric world at the Virginia Living Museum!

Discover life-sized animatronic dinosaurs and interactive displays, find relics of the past as you dig for fossils and learn about linkages to the present. Dinosaurs inside the Museum, in the Conservation Gardens and on the Dinosaur Discovery Trail in the woods create an expansive destination. From the towering T-Rex to the tanky Stegosaurus, you’ll encounter creatures that will take your breath away.

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Butterfly Haven

Butterfly Haven

Guests will experience the beauty of the seasonal BUTTERFLY HAVEN, a 14′ wide x 10′ tall x 14′ long butterfly enclosure located alongside the Virginia Garden just outside the Wason Education Center.

The exciting new exhibit will engage guests of all ages as they immerse themselves in a world of butterflies and plants!

The house will support the Museum’s conservation efforts to preserve pollinating species such as the Monarch Butterfly. The initiative also supports education and awareness for the challenged annual Monarch butterfly migration due to deforestation in Mexico, extreme climate fluctuations in North America, and the growth of herbicide-based agriculture destroying crucial milkweed flora in the Midwest.

Cost: included in museum admission





Food Truck: Prime 757

Come check out the Prime 757 food truck, on site from 11am-3pm!


Prime 757 Website


August 12: Stargazing Night

Cost: Members $5, non-members $8 per show.

Meteor Day

What makes a meteor instead of a comet? Want to touch a real meteor? Celebrate Meteor Day with us by learning all about meteors! Meteor activities are free to participate in.

Virginia Skies

Time: 5:30pm & 6:30pm

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

Recommended for all ages.

Virginia Skies tickets (5:30pm)

Virginia Skies tickets (6:30pm)


electropopTime: 7:30pm

Recommended: ages 6 and above

Hear some of today’s hottest pop artists combined with awesome laser effects!  This combination of electronic pop music and visual thrills will have you shaking in your seat.  A great show for the entire family.

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

Show Playlist

  • Applause by Lady Gaga
  • Turn Down for What by Lil Jon & DJ Snake
  • Pompeii by Bastille
  • Red Lights by Tiesto
  • Royals by Lorde
  • #SELFIE by The Chainsmokers

  • This is How We Do by Katy Perry
  • Happy by Pharrell Williams
  • Tongue Tied by Grouplove
  • Get Lucky by Daft Punk
  • Neon Lights by Demi Lovato
  • Ten Feet Tall by Afrojack & Wrabel

ElectroPop tickets

Laser Metallica

laser_metallica_posterTime: 8:30pm

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

Laser Metallica tickets

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