Wow – the Science Museum of Virginia has tons of ongoing events. We include them in our weekly calendar, but for those who want to plan ahead, check them out here. The Science Museum is a great place to play and learn all at once.
To The Arctic (film in IMAX®DOME)
To The Arctic takes you on a never before seen journey into the lives of a mother polar bear and her two seven-month old cubs as they navigate the changing Arctic wilderness they call home. Captivating, adventurous, and intimate footage brings you up close and personal with this family´s struggle to survive and thrive in a frigid environment of melting ice, immense glaciers, spectacular waterfalls, and majestic snow-bound peaks. $9 general admission, $5 for members.
How People Make Things
Now-Sunday, October 7
Use real tools, materials, machines and processes of manufacturing in this interactive exhibition inspired by the factory tour segments from the “Mister Roger’s Neighborhood” television series. Explore the four manufacturing processes of cutting, molding, deforming and reassembling in a fun and safe manner. Included with Museum admission.
Running the Numbers: An American Self Portrait by Chris Jordan
Now-Sunday, October 14
Discover artist Chris Jordan’s visual representations of societal statistics using repetitive images to connect you each number. His image of 28,000 oil barrels depicts the amount of oil consumed in the United States every two minutes and his image of one hundred million toothpicks equates with the number of trees cut in the U.S. each year to make paper for junk mail. Recommended for sixth grade and above. Included with Museum admission.
Bitten by the Bug
Now-Sunday, November 25
Check out this art gallery that has a father and son connection as well as an art and science connection! Chris Semtner paints wonderful bugs. No doubt his fascination grew as he watched his father, entomologist and Virginia Tech Southern Piedmont AREC Professor Emeritus Paul Semtner, work at this profession and love. Bitten by the Bug features Semtner’s bug paintings and specimens and tools of the trade supplied by his father. And yes, if you recognize Chris Semtner’s name, he is Director of the Poe Museum. Included with Museum admission.
Now-Sunday, November 25
Peruse Kim Eubank’s unique copper works called metal quilts. She uses an enameling technique to create various colors and she etches some pieces as well to add texture and depth to her pieces. On the periodic table the 29th element is copper. Element 29 is located in the café.
Hubble (film in IMAX®DOME)
Now-Friday, November 2
Hubble chronicles the amazing saga of the greatest success in space since the Moon Landing. Featuring stunning in-orbit coverage of the telescope’s final repair and jaw-dropping flights through distant galaxies. $9, $5 for members.
And don’t miss Lunch Break Science every week:
Lunch Break Science
Wednesdays, noon-1 pm
Pack a lunch and join us. Museum scientists and others share easy to understand information on a wide range of science topics. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.Free.
- October 3 – Innovation Versus Invention: Great Innovators of Our Time presented by Byrd Theatre General Manager Todd A. Schall-Vess.
- October 10 – Coffee: Farm to Cup presented by Blanchard’s Coffee Co. Marketing and Operations Director Stephen T. Robertson.
- October 17 – Nutrition, Inflammation and Disease presented by Family Chiropractic Center of Richmond Chiropractor Dr. Eric R. Carlsen.
Visit the Science Museum of Virginia website for more great events.
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