Learning about science in a museum is safer than experiencing it firsthand by ingesting a beaker or reanimating a cherished family parakeet. Bring science to life with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $16 for two admissions (up to a $32 value)
- $30 for four admissions (up to a $64 value)
Along with access to the museum’s exhibits, admission includes one IMAX film ticket per guest. The theater’s current films include the wildlife documentary Born to Be Wild, the natural-disaster flick Forces of Nature, and Hubble, a Leonardo DiCaprio–narrated look at the Hubble Telescope’s history.
Science Museum of Virginia
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.