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Friday night science at the Science Museum

The Science Museum of Virginia offers extended hours during Science After Dark, an exclusive evening event on the third Friday of the month.

On Friday, March 17, the community is invited to venture out after dark and explore everything from plants to planets in the interactive museum, according to a museum press release.

“Attendees will experience a one-of-a-kind live astronomy show on the largest screen in the state, see the debut of a new climate science feature and participate in unique, hands-on activities. The evening event also hosts a competitive trivia tournament and the opportunity to stargaze through telescopes with members of the Richmond Astronomical Society, weather permitting.”

“Science enthusiasts can dig into resiliency-themed content by making solar ovens, building solitary bee nests and pedaling on a stationary bike to mix up a delicious smoothie, before heading into The Dome theater for custom giant screen presentations. All-live Cosmic Expeditions with an astronomer launch at 6:15 p.m. and 7 p.m., followed by the original animated feature, “Cosmic Climate Cookbook,” at 8 p.m. Audiences will learn how humans could live in space and travel to different planets in our solar system to see how the habitability of these planets — including Venus and Mars — compare to Earth and what that means for Earth’s future.”

Science After Dark is a monthly evening event held on the third Friday of the month at the Science Museum of Virginia. The next Science After Dark will be held on Friday, April 21 from 5-9 p.m.

Science After Dark activities and a Dome Feature are $10 for general public; $5 per each additional Dome Feature. Museum members enjoy free exhibit admission, $5 or Dome pass per Dome Feature. Advance reservations are highly recommended; call (804) 864-1400 to reserve seats.