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Experimental Musings

​We are more than a museum. We’re a bunch of passionate, inquisitive, world-questioning folks who are awestruck at the amazing wonder that is our world. Join us as we muse about science, technology, engineering and math. Learn something new. Ponder a different theory. Pick up some facts for trivia night. And if we may be so bold – enrich your appreciation of science.

  • Volcano Types

    A volcano is a crack or opening in Earth’s outermost crust where molten rock called magma and gases can escape, spilling or falling to the surface. Geologists generally group volcanoes onto a spectrum of behavior that can be summed up by four principal types: cinder cones, stratovolcanoes, shield volcanoes and lava domes. Let's take a peek at each one.

  • Happy Nature Photography Day!

    Greetings! Prabir here, wishing everyone a happy Nature Photography Day! For years I’ve had the joy of taking nature photos from various spots around the globe and thought this day would be a fun opportunity to celebrate nature from behind the lens.

  • Question Your World: How do solar sites impact local areas?

    A recent article in Richmond Bizsense outlined a potentially huge solar energy array for a data center near Chester, Virginia. That’s good news, right? Well, it's not so simple. Let’s dig into the good, the bad, and some rather interesting thoughts on this topic. How do solar sites impact local areas?

  • Volcanoes 101

    Imagine the Earth as a hardboiled egg with a cracked shell. Liquid material inside the egg might escape through the cracks, just as can happen along cracks in the Earth’s crust. So what does this have to do with volcanoes?

  • Question Your World: Why does old fungi matter?

    Let’s talk about fungus folks! We're not talking about some fungus that popped up after a rain - we're talking about some really, really old fungus fossil remains. This brings up the next big thought - why does old fungi matter?