Upcoming Events

Bioenergetics: Art Meets 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! 

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. 

The Science of Spring (Break)!
April 6, 2015 to April 10, 2015
9:30am to 5:00pm

Dig up the dirt on Wicked Plants with some special activities! Conduct experiments with dehydrated plants, make leaf rubbings and handcraft seed balls in our Challenge Lab. Learn the science behind climate change with our Science on a Sphere® and rock out with a “beetbox” and apple piano! Don’t miss your chance to dissect plants and get the scoop about vermiculture this spring break! 

Stump the Scientist!
April 7, 2015
1:00pm to 3:00pm

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!

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.

Stump the Scientist!
April 8, 2015
1:00pm to 3:00pm

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!

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. 

Science on Tap
May 9, 2015
2:00pm to 6:00pm

Join us for the first annual Science on Tap craft beer festival where we’ll feature live music, interactive craft brewing demonstrations and a diverse collection of beer from across the Commonwealth! The first 250 guests will receive a complimentary signature pint glass with admission.

$10 general admission tickets will be available at the gate and you may purchase your sponsor level online here!

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 guests will be seeing stars in this astronomy-themed sleepover! Create constellations, partake in a flashlight scavenger hunt, learn your galactic address and journey into the Dome to learn the Secrets of the Sun and experience our Violent UniverseCamp 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 guests will be seeing stars in this astronomy-themed sleepover! Create constellations, partake in a flashlight scavenger hunt, learn their galactic address and journey into the Dome to learn the Secrets of the Sun and experience our Violent Universe. 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.