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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: 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?

  • Question Your World: Does cleaning up the air really make a difference? 

    Science helps us better understand the world around us. One big question that often comes up is how effective these efforts really are. A recent study on air quality has helped shed some light on a possible health impact on children. Does cleaning up the air really make a difference?

  • Question Your World: Why was last year so rainy?

    Last year sure felt soggy here in Richmond, VA. After looking at all the rain we got last year, scientists announced it was the second wettest year since we began keeping rainfall records here in the capital city. This trend does not just apply here; many parts of the nation got rocked with rainstorms. Why was last year so rainy?