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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.

  • Question Your World: Who Used the First Hashtag?

    Humanity, as we know it, has been using the hashtag on social media for about 11 years now, but how long has the symbol really been used? A recent study answered today’s big question: Who used the first hashtag?

  • Question Your World: How do we get ready for Hurricane Florence?

    If you have not heard the news, there’s a lot of hurricane activity going on these days! Climatologists and meteorologists often talk about hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30. Florence is the current major storm causing all kinds of headlines and planning meetings to take place! The big question for us in central Virginia is - how do we get ready for Hurricane Florence?

  • Question Your World: Did ancient humans have modern dental issues?

    Behind the lips of each and every one of us is a beautiful smile, right? Our teeth have been very valuable to us as a species. Scientists studying ancient human fossils started to notice some interesting things about our teeth through the ages. The big question is - did ancient humans have modern dental issues?

  • Question Your World: How are ants reacting to climate change?

    What insect is about as old as the dinosaurs, lives on every non-frozen continent, and might be able to tell us about how species could adapt to our planet’s changing climate? Let’s talk about those little social creatures, ants. Climate scientists have been looking at ants to better understand how these animals react to environmental changes. Let’s ask today’s big question: How are ants reacting to climate change?

  • What does the “URBAN HEAT ISLAND EFFECT” mean to Richmond?

    Last summer, the Science Museum of Virginia received a grant to work on a unique project to measure the city’s temperature in various places all at once during a heat wave. Our goal was to identify the strength of Richmond’s “urban heat island effect.”