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 After Dark
April 17, 2015
5:00pm to 9:00pm

Enjoy an evening of special hands-on environmental science activities – plant cloning, seed bombs, plant dissections and more! Unearth your world in The Dome with an astronomer-led Cosmic Expedition about how we study the earth from space. Stick around after the show for a screening of classic episodes of the Addam’s Family. From 7 – 9 pm, RideFinders will host a bicycle safety clinic with mechanics onsite to fix minor problems with your bicycle! Stargaze through telescopes provided by the Richmond Astronomical Society, weather permitting.

Admission is $5, free for members and students with college ID. 

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.

Earth Day E-Cycling
April 22, 2015
9:30am to 5:00pm

Feeling green? So are we! To celebrate Earth Day, the Museum will be accepting old electronics that we will properly recycle. We’ll happily accept your trash and turn it into a recycling treasure! For more information, please 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, theoretical physicist at Jefferson Lab. 

The Impact of ‘Big Science’ on the U.S. Economy
May 3, 2015
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Join Dr. Thom Mason, Director of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, for a special evening of Big Science! Explore the origins of the Big Science era and today’s innovations and developments, uncover profound economic impacts – from health care to housing, information technology to manufacturing – and take a look at the future benefits of scientific research! Presented by Jefferson Lab.

Pre-registration is required, call 804.864.1400.

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. 

Lunch Break Science
May 27, 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 Rise of Bicycle Boulevards and Protected Bike Lanes in Richmond, Virginia presented by Max Hepp-Buchanan, Director of Bike Walk RVA Sports Backers.

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
June 24, 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.

Air Quality and You presented by Brigitte Tanner Carter, Account Executive at RideFinders and Dan Salkovitz, Meteorologist for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. 

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.

Lunch Break Science
August 19, 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 Start to Finish presented by Janine Lester, Consulting Arborist,  Board Certified Master and Municipal Specialist. 

Lunch Break Science
September 16, 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.

Foodborne Diseases and Food Safety in Virginia presented by Jessica Rosner, MPH, Foodborne Disease Epidemiologist at the Virginia Department of Health.