PLEASE NOTE: tickets should be purchased in advance.


​Travel back to the beginning of time and learn about this special star and how it supports life.

Bookable Group Adventure

The Dome
Additional Ticket Required
All Ages
45 minutes

Travel back to the beginning of time to experience the birth of our sun.

The sun is one star among 300 billion in our galaxy – it’s not the biggest, brightest nor hottest, but it is the only star we know of that supports life. Find out how this special star gives light, heat and energy to Earth and uncover the dangers of the sun. This astronomy feature is followed by a live presentation that allows you to explore the stars like never before.

This film is available for groups to book. It is not part of the Museum's public film library. At this time, the Museum is not accepting group Dome reservations, but check back for updates.

Book your group adventure today and explore the sun like never before on our 76-foot Dome screen!

With discounted group rates, groups have the opportunity to schedule exclusive featured shows on Virginia’s largest movie screen.

This feature corresponds with the following SOLs:

  • 4th Grade: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
  • 5th Grade: 1, 2, 4, 6 and 8
  • 6th Grade: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7
  • Life Science: 1, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9
  • Physical Science: 1, 5, 6, 7and 9
  • Chemistry: 1, 2, 6 and 7
  • Earth Science: 1, 2, 3, 11 and 12