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Abbitt Planetarium
at the Virginia Living Museum
Show Listing

Planetarium Calendar
Evening Star Parties
/Laser Shows

Abbitt Planetarium Information

All day-time programs $4 plus museum admission. VLM members are admitted free, but must obtain a show ticket. The planetarium is open Wednesday through Sunday, and Monday holidays. The planetarium is open daily for Spring Break, April 5-20.

Day-time programs
Day-time programs $4 plus museum admission, VLM members free. Limited seating.
 Friendly Stars
Friendly Stars

Jan. 2 - May 23
Wednesday - Sunday, 12:30pm

Recommended: ages 6 and under.

Introduce your little astronomer to the wonders of the sky with this gentle and interactive program for preschoolers.  One of our staff astronomers, with some help from our friendly Sun character Sol and the chatty stars of the night sky, will guide you and your little ones on a journey from day to night and show you some of the exciting things you can find just by looking up. 

Virginia Skies

Jan. 2 - May 23
Wednesday-Sunday, 1:30pm

Check planetarium calendar for additional show times.

Recommended: all ages

A staff astronomer will take you on a tour of the current skies, highlighting visible planets, deep sky objects and any upcoming special astronomical events.

View trailer here.


Jan. 2 - March 14,
April 28 - May 23
Wednesday - Sunday, 2:30pm

Recommended: ages 10 and above.

DARK is a full-dome movie that explains and explores the nature of dark matter, the missing 80% of the mass of the Universe. The search for Dark Matter is the most pressing astrophysical problem of our time – the solution to which will help us understand why the Universe is as it is.

 Hubble image
 Laser Retro
 Oasis in Space
 Art of Hubble

March 15 - April 27

Recommended: ages 10 and above.

For more than 20 years, the Hubble Space Telescope has produced stunning images that challenge the mind, overwhelm the senses and fire the imagination. Tour Hubble's impressive art gallery and explore the science behind the vistas captured by one of the most successful NASA missions.

Laser Retro

April 5-20

Recommended: ages 6 and above.

Totally awesome! Let our lasers take you back ot the days of leg warmers, big hair and excellent music! Fun for the whole family, you'll rock on to music from great '80s bands like New Order, The Cure and more.

Oasis in Space

April 26
11:30am and 3:30pm

Recommended: ages 8 and above.

Stunning imagery will captivate you as we journey to, and sometimes even below, the surfaces of our neighbor worlds to discover whether life might be possible beyond our home planet.

 Holiday Evenings
Evening planetarium programs are $6 ($3 for members)

 Spirit of  America
 Fright Light
Fright Light
July 4, 2013Spirit of America 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. October 2013: Fright Light
Oct. 19: 8pm
Oct. 26: 5:30, 7, 8:30pm

 Star of Wonder  Laser Holidays image  
Mystery of the Christmas Star

2013 Holiday Season
Nov. 30: 6:30pm
Dec. 14 6:30pm
Dec. 21: 6:30pm

Laser Holidays

2013 Holiday Season
Nov. 30: 7:30pm
Dec. 14 5:30pm
Dec. 21: 7:30pm