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Science Museum launches two new features in the dome


This fall, the Science Museum of Virginia presents two new shows in The Dome that guests can add to their visit: “Birth of Planet Earth” and “Antarctica”.

At over 9,000 square feet, or nearly a quarter of an acre, the Science Museum boasts Central Virginia’s only Dome Theater and the state’s largest Dome Screen. Stadium-style seating, a wrap-around screen, the world’s first ‘8K’ full digital dome system and an ever-evolving range of features combine to create an exciting and immersive experience that helps curious guests of all ages connect. to the world and beyond.

Released in 2019, the planetarium show “Birth of Planet Earth” debuted on October 1. It is currently broadcast Tuesday through Friday at 1 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at noon. It lasts 25 minutes and is followed by a live guided journey through the cosmos led by an educator from the Science Museum.

Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, “Antarctica” is a giant screen film released earlier this year that recently won Best Cinematography at the Jackson Wild Media Awards. It will start playing at the Science Museum on November 1 and will run for approximately 45 minutes.

“Birth of Planet Earth” reveals what it took to achieve the wonder of Earth by exploring the formation of our solar system and the origins of our planet approximately 5 billion years ago. Guests will learn how aftershocks of a supernova, the violence of Jupiter, a chance collision with the proto-planet Theia, the gift of a moon and water combined to make life possible. Cosmic Travel is also examining the possibility that our galaxy is filled with solar systems that have planets similar to ours, both in size and in the ability to support human life.

“Antarctica” investigates the mysterious and hostile, yet magnificent continent deep in the world. Virtually untouched by humans due to its extreme conditions, Antarctica is home to an abundance of exciting creatures that thrive. However, climate change threatens the Arctic and the wildlife that live there, and it is up to communities around the world to protect it. Guests explore pristine, frozen mountain peaks to the arctic otherworldly seabed to find out how the world plans to preserve Antarctica.

How? ‘Or’ What:
During normal opening hours, entry to “Antarctica” or “Birth of Planet Earth” is available via a combo ticket that includes access to the Science Museum exhibits. Admission is $ 20.50 for adults; $ 18.50 for youth (6 to 12 years old) and seniors (60 years and over); and $ 15 for preschool children (3 to 5 years old). Discounts are available for teachers, military personnel, and EBT card holders. Infinite members receive free entry to the Science Museum and all Dome shows.

The Dome show’s lineup changes every month. The current schedule with hours of operation is posted on the Science Museum website. Tickets are available at


“Antarctica” was created by BBC Earth and distributed by SK Films. It has received support from the National Science Foundation and the British Antarctic Survey, an institute of the Natural Environment Research Council.

“Birth of Planet Earth” was produced by Spitz Creative Media, NCSA’s Advanced Visualization Lab, Thomas Lucas Productions, Inc., in association with the Tellus Science Museum. The project is supported by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, and was funded in part by the National Science Foundation.

The Science Museum is located at 2500 West Broad St. in Richmond.



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