From virtual presentations featuring STEM experts to fun videos on social media, and from in-person experiential exhibits to in-depth lab demos, the Science Museum of Virginia looks for all opportunities to encourage Virginians to enrich their lives through science. The Museum is a catalyst for inspiration, a place that sparks curiosity, encourages discovery, and generates ideas in science, technology, engineering, and math.
Whether you’re a thinker, tinkerer, creative, or full-on science geek, the Museum has something for people of all ages. Helping curious minds discover the connections between – and their connection to – STEM guides Museum staff in all they do. Science is all around us and discoveries are limitless. We’re simply a gateway to that universe!
The 223,000-square-foot building features hands-on exhibits about wellness, innovation, and physical sciences – to name a few – that let you see if you’re faster than a rat, can beat a robot playing air hockey, or have great balance. Four lab spaces – eco, animal, science, and art – let guests interact with science in unexpected ways. Two makerspaces harness the power of the maker movement, celebrate innovation, and let guests roll up their sleeves to create. The Museum also hosts thought-provoking touring exhibitions from around the world.
At 76 feet, The Dome is the largest screen in Richmond. Whether you’re traveling deep into the Amazon rainforest, plunging into the ocean with great white sharks, hunting for dark matter at a particle physics laboratory, or traveling to the cosmos in search of the new ninth planet, The Dome provides the ultimate "you are there" experience.
Science isn’t contained within the building’s walls! The Museum’s 33-acre campus is packed with native plants, natural storm water retention and purification systems, a pollinator garden, multiple train cars, a 29-ton granite globe, an 80-ton aluminum submarine, and more. In addition, science lovers anywhere in the world can enjoy the compelling, informative, and quirky videos and digital content the Museum creates to help viewers connect to science in their daily lives.
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