Housing over 60,000 square feet of interactive exhibitions, a DOME theater, live science demonstrations, teaching labs, and the Carpenter Science Theatre Company, the Museum employs a broad range of experiences to inspire and engage audiences of all ages. Also a popular gathering place for civic and business groups, the Museum hosts some 500 community events each year.
The Science Museum partners with a range of community groups and youth agencies and raises funds to underwrite visits from underserved groups to ensure that the broadest cross section of Virginians have access to the dynamic learning opportunities we offer. While science literacy will be an important building block for careers of the future, the ability to adapt, think critically, problem-solve, innovate, and communicate are also critical 21st Century skills. Museum experiences foster development of these skills while sparking an interest in and positive attitudes about science and learning.
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 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!
Each 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.
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