The Impact of ‘Big Science’ on the U.S. Economy

Join Dr. Thom Mason, Director of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, for a special evening of Big Science! Explore the origins of the Big Science era and today’s innovations and developments, uncover profound economic impacts – from health care to housing, information technology to manufacturing – and take a look at the future benefits of […]

The Science of Spring Break!

Dig up the dirt on Wicked Plants with some special activities! Conduct experiments with dehydrated plants, make leaf rubbings and handcraft seed balls in our Challenge Lab. Learn the science behind climate change with ourScience on a Sphere® and rock out with a “beetbox” and apple piano! Don’t miss your chance to dissect plants and […]

Stump the Scientist

Try your hand at leaving John Townsend, botanist and member of the Virginia Natural Heritage Program at the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, speechless! Have you been wondering about the strange plant growing in your yard? Bring in a clipping and get your questions answered!

Nano Days

Shrink down to size with interactive exhibits simulated at a billionth of a meterscale! Guests will have the chance to get hands-on with Nano science projects from the University of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University while learning how tiny science can be so hugely fun!

Bioenergetics: Arts Meet Gentle Science in Sickness and in Health

See 20 novel experiences that convey the importance of the powerhouses in the cells of our body – mitochondria! This collaborative exhibition between faculty and students in Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Engineering and School of Arts with the Science Museum of Virginia presents two and three dimensional artistic interpretations that willinspire and encourage guests to […]

Pi Day at SMV

You’ll never get full from this slice of Pi! Join us for an early day as we celebrate3.14.15 at 9:26 am with a circular feast in our Boost! Kitchen provided by the delicious Relay Foods. Special demonstrations running throughout the day will ensure that you have an irrationally fun day!

New Year Eve-SMV

Ring in the New Year at the Museum! Watch our very own version of the ball drop, where we launch 2,015 bouncy balls using liquid Nitrogen at the strike of noon! Enjoy a juice toast, make your own noisemaker, construct a geodesic globe and much more.

Members Only Polar Express Pajama Party-SMV

All aboard! Children are invited to wear their coziest pajamas and bring along the whole family for a magical evening screening of The Polar Express in The Dome. Join us before the film for fun activities – and milk and cookies, too! Admission is free and limited to members only. Reservations are required and space […]

Friday Night Feature: SMV

Join us on Halloween for a special screening of the 1954 horror film, Creature from the Black Lagoon, in The Dome. Fright masters Sean Kotz and Bill Bowman of the Bowman Body will deliver a special presentation preceding the film.

Science After Dark: Glow! (SMV)

Enjoy an evening filled with glow-in-the-dark crafts, games and experiments as you learn about luminescence and phosphorescence.  Step into The Dome at 6:30 pm for Science After Dark: The Glow of the Universe, to uncover how light helps astronomers explore our universe, and stay for a special showing of Tron at 8pm.  Venture outside to […]