Camp In: Earth Day

Camp In features tons of special hands-on activities – watch Pandas: The Journey Home in The Dome, explore Museum Exhibits, plant the seeds of knowledge by learning about the water cycle and make your own windmill in our Challenge Lab. This overnight adventure allows children to experience engaging live science programming and participate in special activities […]

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 […]

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!

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.

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 […]

Poe: Secrets of a Spirit

Meet the Edgar Allen Poe you never knew in this dynamic Carpenter Science Theater production.  This 25 minute performance is recommended for grades 4 and up and will be held in the Ms. Barbara Thalhimer Theater.

Girls in Science Spend a Night-SMV

The Science Museum of Virginia is inviting middle school girls to light up the night with science. On Saturday, October 4, the Museum will host the Girls in Science Camp In in partnership with DuPont and the Society of Women Engineers. This special overnight event allows participants to spend an evening exploring three floors of […]