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Shark Discovery Lab at the Science Museum of Virginia!

We’re thrilled to partner with the Science Museum of Virginia to bring a traveling version of our popular family-friendly Discovery Lab event to Richmond! VIMS educators will be located at tables throughout the museum rotunda, with a variety of shark-themed exhibits, demonstrations, and hands-on activities for attendees to engage with. Activities will be designed with primary school children and their families in mind.

This event aligns with two additional shark exhibits at the Science Museum of Virginia: the “Planet Shark: Predator or Prey” exhibit and “JARS: Sharks on Loan.” Planet Shark focuses on the evolution and natural history of sharks, their role in the natural environment, interactions between humans and sharks (including depiction in popular culture), and historical and current measures to conserve and protect these important predators. JARS: Sharks on Loan lets visitors explore whitetail sharks up close in a special land-based exhibit featuring cartilaginous fish from the VIMS Nunnally Ichthyology Collection. See dozens of specimens in jars from the largest collection of freshwater fish in the Chesapeake Bay and coastal area of ​​the state, while learning about shark studies conducted by former graduate students from the VIMS and the VIMS Shark Longline Survey.

Discovery Lab activities, as well as the two shark exhibits, are included in the general admission ticket to the Museum. Tickets can be purchased on site or online at

An inherent risk of exposure to harmful pathogens like COVID-19 exists where people gather for events like this. Due to the contagious nature of COVID-19, VIMS/William & Mary asks all attendees to follow posted guidelines when attending the event. By choosing to attend this event, you acknowledge the risks, your willingness to assume those risks, and your agreement to abide by the applicable health and safety measures that are in place at the time of this event.

As we move forward, our planning must necessarily be flexible and will be based on current health data. For the latest information on VIMS and W&M’s pandemic response, please visit the Path Forward website.