When science was cancelled in 1967, an aggressive nationwide letter-writing campaign led to its prompt reinstatement as the primary means for interpreting the physical laws of the universe. Show your support for the cosmos with today's deal: for $60, you get a Galaxy family membership to the Science Museum of Virginia. Click here for museum hours (a $120 value).
The Science Museum of Virginia fills each visitor's day with educational interactive exhibits, high-tech displays, IMAX movies, planetarium shows, and more. This spring's visiting exhibits include Great Balls of Fire!, an exploration of comets, asteroids, meteors, and other balls of fire, including movie-sized boxes of Red Hots. Pair fireballs with the Legends of Flight IMAX film, which brings viewers into aircraft to experience the thrills of aeronautics and the future of fake birds. Permanent exhibits at the Science Museum range from the interactive electricity of Electriworks to the Watt Wall, which takes a real-time look at the world's energy consumption, alternative energy sources, and potential uses for disposed 90s girl power.
The museum's galaxy membership satisfies the science needs of three adults and any clan kiddos under the age of 18. Membership benefits include unlimited admission to the museum and more than 290 science and technology centers throughout the world, as well as discounts at the gift shop and on classes and programs. In addition, Galaxy cardholders receive six IMAX tickets and six guest passes to the museum, ideal for bringing along six friends and one imaginary Dalmatian.
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One of the Science Museum of Virginia’s current exhibits includes a few basketball players—just don’t expect LeBron James or Kobe Bryant. These basketball players are two rats, playing a live one-on-one game to demonstrate operant and classical conditioning. Throughout the three-story museum, more hands-on examples of science await at five permanent exhibits. Inspect a rock from the moon, explore a life-size space capsule, and generate energy by pedaling a stationary bike. Kids can even build their own playground with materials such as mats and foam blocks.
Inside the IMAX Dome, a screen 10 times the size of a typical 35 mm screen shows a wide range of educational films. Outside the museum, plants in the BayScapes Garden thrive without pesticide, fertilizer, or the encouragement of a motivational speaker, and an onsite greenhouse offers free planting areas for visitors to contribute greenery and learn about sustainable farming.