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Massive new movies at the Science Museum of Virginia

What:
The Science Museum of Virginia is adding a new group of giant screen movies and astronomy shows to its regularly changing lineup of features. This fall’s program includes four new features featured in The Dome, a planetarium and a theater with an impressive quarter-acre, 250-seat screen. “Living Worlds” and “Forward to the Moon” just debuted after Labor Day, “Into America’s Wild” will begin playing Oct. 1, and “Red-Eye to the Stars” is available immediately for special group screenings.

  • In “Onward to the Moon,” Kari Byron of “MythBusters” fame leads guests beyond Earth to a sustainable future in space via NASA’s 21st Century Artemis program. The astronomy show was produced by Fiske Planetarium in conjunction with TEND Studio with funding from NASA SSERVI and Lockheed Martin.
  • Narrated by Daveed Diggs and created by the California Academy of Sciences, “Living Worlds” takes guests on a journey through space and time to examine life as an essential quality of our planet.
  • “Into America’s Wild” is a visually stunning cross-country adventure into the hidden wonders of the natural world. Narrated by Morgan Freeman, produced by MacGillivray Freeman in association with Brand USA, and presented by Expedia and United Airlines, the 45-minute giant-screen film showcases the diversity of North America’s roads, trails, canyons, and landscapes.
  • “Red-Eye to the Stars” lets guests join a red-eye flight aboard the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy flying observatory to unravel the mysteries of star birth 50,000 feet above the sea.

When:
“Living Worlds” is on the September schedule at 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. “Onward to the Moon” airs at noon on weekends this month. Both 30-minute films are immediately followed by a live astronomy show presented by a Science Museum educator, full of recent updates on new cosmic discoveries.

The Science Museum updates its Dome schedule monthly and will announce specific times for October screenings of “Into America’s Wild” in late September. Groups of 35 or more can book a special screening of “Red-Eye to the Stars” as part of their field trip.

All four elements will remain in the Science Museum’s programming to some extent for next year.

The Dome schedule is subject to change and guests are encouraged to check the Science Museum website on the day of their visit to confirm features and times.

Why:
As with any theater, the Science Museum rotates films shown in The Dome to highlight new STEM content and keep features engaging for guests. Traditionally, the Science Museum will add one, maybe two, new films to a season’s schedule. Presenting four items at once provides guests with a significantly expanded list, the perfect complement to the traveling and permanent exhibits and special programming the Science Museum offers daily.

Who:
Giant screen movies and astronomy shows shown in The Dome are created for the general public. Movies are not rated.

How:
After purchasing a general admission ticket, customers can upgrade their visit to include a Dome feature for $5. Science Museum members can use a Dome Pass to see Dome features for free. Science Museum members, military, and teachers with proper ID enjoy free general admission. EBT cardholders get a discount on regular admission and Dome features.

The Science Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where:
Virginia Science Museum, 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220

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