Inspiration is our business. The Science Museum of Virginia is positioned to meet the needs of the next generation-focusing on the rising demand for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills in the workplace. Through innovative and awe-inspiring experiences, the Museum immerses youth in unique and interactive programs - a feat that is hard to duplicate in the classroom. Our role is to provide informal science education, foster twenty-first century learning skills and focus on eliminating the achievement gap. With our hundreds of experiential exhibits, awe-inspiring artifacts and interactive technologies, there's truly something new to discover and be inspired by every time you visit the Science Museum of Virginia.
The Dome Experience
The Dome at the Science Museum of Virginia features the most advanced digital dome projection system worldwide. The Dome will bring the corners of the universe to your fingertips with stunning clarity and brilliance. In addition to breathtaking large format films, Cosmic Expeditions will be departing daily. From the creation of the universe to the cataclysmic forces ravaging the skies, these astronomy features incorporate an innovative live presentation that provides a breathtaking view of space. Guests can uncover the universe like never before as they watch the night sky come to life!
Current program offerings include live theater and storytelling and live science demonstrations such as Rat Basketball, Radical Reactions and Science on a Sphere. The Museum also offers overnight camp ins such as the popular Girls in Medicine Camp In program and adult education programs such as Lunch Break Science. In addition, the Museum has a statewide outreach plan serving a broad geographic area including youth from low income communities. The strategy has four components:Virginia's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) DirectorOut-of-School Time (OST) STEM initiativeEducational Enrichment ProgrammingHarnessing Digital Media to Engage General Audiences in STEMEach component aligns with our new branded identity as the marketing agency for science and helps fulfill the Museum's mission, inspiring Virginians to enrich their lives through science.
Science within Reach
While attendance and guest satisfaction continue to climb as a result of the Science Museum ofVirginia's ongoing transformation, we know that there are segments of the population that wemay not be reaching--or for whom the Museum experience is difficult to navigate--due tobarriers like disability, income, or language. In response, the Museum is strengthening itscapacity to serve these audiences through its institution-wide Science within Reach initiative,underwriting visits from low income communities, enhancing experiences, and integratingassistive technologies to ensure the Museum is physically, cognitively, and socially inclusive forall learners.