Upcoming Events

Call Me Quantum
February 27, 2015 to March 8, 2015
9:30am to 5:00pm

Janet Rafner - physicist, artist, and kid at heart - employs the principles of aesthetics and physics in this stunning collection of art from the Physics Reimagined team. Immerse yourself in an atomic world where quantum phenomena is portrayed to inspire a new kind of dialogue between physics, designers and graphic artists. 

Delayed Opening
March 6, 2015
11:30am to 5:00pm

The Museum will be opening at 11:30 am on Friday, March 6. We hope you will visit!

Lunch Break Science
March 11, 2015
12:00pm to 1:00pm

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. View upcoming presentations.

Feral Cats and Wildlife Conservation presented by Aaron Proctor, District Wildlife Biologist, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Pi Day
March 14, 2015
9:00am to 5:00pm

You’ll never get full from this slice of Pi! Join us for an early day as we celebrate 3.14.15 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! 

Bioenergetics: Arts Meet Gentle Science in Sickness and in Health
March 17, 2015 to June 17, 2015
9:30am to 5:00pm

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 will inspire and encourage guests to make informed lifestyle choices! 

Lunch Break Science
March 18, 2015
12:00pm to 1:00pm

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. View upcoming presentations.

Parkinson's Disease and Artistry: A Documentary Drama presented by Marta Rainer, professional actor for the Carpenter Science Theatre Company. 

Science After Dark
March 20, 2015
5:00pm to 9:00pm

Discover a world of circuits as you explore how to link electrical components in unexpected ways! Combine art and technology and learn circuit wiring using conductive and non-conductive dough. Draw your own circuits with a graphite pencil that you can use to play a game on our MaKey MaKey and check out robot creations from HackRVA! Step into The Dome at 6:30 pm for a Cosmic Expedition and venture outside to stargaze with the Richmond Astronomical Society.

$5 or free for Museum members and college students with a valid ID.

Nano Days
March 25, 2015
10:00am to 3:00pm

Shrink down to size with interactive exhibits simulated at a billionth of a meter scale! 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

Lunch Break Science
March 25, 2015
12:00pm to 1:00pm

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. View upcoming presentations.

From Nature to the Lab: Water Repellent Surfaces and their Applications presented by Dr. Mool C. Gupta, Langley Distinguished Professor and Director for NSF I/UCRC Laser Center in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Virginia.

Science Museum of Virginia Camp In: SOLD OUT
March 27, 2015 to March 28, 2015
6:00pm to 9:00am

Camp In features hands-on activities that will get participants exploring the darker side of plants while they solve crimes! Guests will experience an immersive Dome Feature and travel the cosmos in a Cosmic Expedition. Reservations required. Some Camp In activities fulfill SOL and scout badge requirements. For every four children, one adult chaperone is required.

Lunch Break Science
April 1, 2015
12:00pm to 1:00pm

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. View upcoming presentations.

Methane and Leachate and More, Oh My: Environmental Monitoring at Landfills presented by Anthony W. Creech, P.G., Section Manager at Groundwater and Geology, Resource International, Ltd. 

Lunch Break Science
April 8, 2015
12:00pm to 1:00pm

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. View upcoming presentations.

Native Plants for Pollinators presented by Grace E. Chapman, Director of Horticulture, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

Science Museum of Virginia Camp In
April 8, 2015 to April 9, 2015
6:00pm to 9:00am

This special Spring Break Camp In features hands-on activities that will get participants exploring the darker side of plants while they solve crimes! Guests will experience an immersive Dome Feature and travel the cosmos in a Cosmic Expedition. Reservations required. Some Camp In activities fulfill SOL and scout badge requirements. For every four children, one adult chaperone is required.

Lunch Break Science
April 15, 2015
12:00pm to 1:00pm

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. View upcoming presentations.

The Science of Magic presented by the Richmond Chapter of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

Amy Stewart presents Wicked Plants
April 18, 2015
1:00pm to 3:00pm

In her New York Times bestseller Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother and other Botanical Atrocities, Amy Stewart takes on Mother Nature’s most appalling creations. Drawing on history, medicine, science and legend, Stewart will present tales of bloodcurdling botany that will enlighten and alarm even the most intrepid gardeners and nature lovers. This 45 minute talk will be followed by a book signing.

Pre-registration is required, call 804.864.1400.

Lunch Break Science
April 22, 2015
12:00pm to 1:00pm

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. View upcoming presentations.

The Forests that Fire Made: Restoring Pine Savannas and Peatlands in Southeastern Virginia presented by Brian van Eerden, Southern Rivers Program Director.

Lunch Break Science
April 29, 2015
12:00pm to 1:00pm

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. View upcoming presentations.

The Exotic World of Quarks presented by Dr. Raul Briceno.

Lunch Break Science
May 6, 2015
12:00pm to 1:00pm

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. View upcoming presentations.

Flora of Virginia – Illustrations and Botanical Watercolor Paintings presented by Lara Call Gastinger, artist and botanical illustrator. 

Lara Call Gastinger presents Pen & Ink Techniques
May 6, 2015
1:30pm to 3:00pm

Join us in our Challenge Lab as we combine art and science with Lara Call Gastinger, artist and Chief Illustrator for the Flora of Virginia Project. This pen and ink illustration techniques workshop will have you rendering some wickedly beautiful plant life. We’ll provide the supplies, you provide the talent!

This event is free, but pre-registration is required. 

Lunch Break Science
May 13, 2015
12:00pm to 1:00pm

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. View upcoming presentations.

ABC’s From the James River, with Love presented by Betty Ellett, author and Wayne Dementi, photographer.

Lunch Break Science
May 20, 2015
12:00pm to 1:00pm

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. View upcoming presentations.

Oil and Gas Drilling 101 presented by Michael D. Ward, Executive Director of the Virginia Petroleum Council. 

Science Museum of Virginia Camp In
May 22, 2015 to May 23, 2015
6:00pm to 9:00am

Camp In features hands-on activities that will get participants exploring space as they’ve never seen it before! Guests will experience an immersive Dome Feature and travel the cosmos in a Cosmic Expedition. Reservations required. Some Camp In activities fulfill SOL and scout badge requirements. For every four children, one adult chaperone is required.

Science Museum of Virginia Camp In
May 29, 2015 to May 30, 2015
6:00pm to 9:00am

Camp In features hands-on activities that will get participants exploring space as they’ve never seen it before! Guests will experience an immersive Dome Feature and travel the cosmos in a Cosmic Expedition. Reservations required. Some Camp In activities fulfill SOL and scout badge requirements. For every four children, one adult chaperone is required.

Lunch Break Science
June 3, 2015
12:00pm to 1:00pm

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. View upcoming presentations.

The James River: Our River at Risk presented by Adrienne Kotula, policy specialist at the James River Association.

Lunch Break Science
June 17, 2015
12:00pm to 1:00pm

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. View upcoming presentations.

International Space Station: A Symbol of Cooperation and Orion, NASA’s New Deep Space Explorer presented by Aerospace Engineer Alan Sturgis from NASA Langley Research Center. 

Lunch Break Science
July 15, 2015
12:00pm to 1:00pm

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. View upcoming presentations.

The Science of Cycling presented by Craig Dodson, Founder and Executive Director of Richmond Cycling Corps.

Lunch Break Science
July 29, 2015
12:00pm to 1:00pm

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. View upcoming presentations.

The Value of Conservation: Matching Conservation, Wildlife Habitat and Financial Goals through Land, Water and Air Assets presented by Tee Clarkson, Director of Atoka Conservation Exchange.