In honor of the summer touring exhibition “Pompeii: The Immortal City,” the Science Museum of Virginia is exploring all things ancient Roman with a night of kid-free science fun.
Science lovers 21 and older can enjoy various activities at the adults-only Science on Tap: Togas and Tectonics event, including watching the Big-Ash Astronomy Show about volcanoes in space; sampling Italian wine and cheese pairings from Wegmans; making a paper mosaic, gladiator gear or laurel wreath; testing their tectonic smarts with volcano trivia on the 6-foot-diameter Science on a Sphere®; and blushing at the risqué markings left behind during the Freaky-Deaky Pompeian Graffiti talk.
Guests can add an extra ticket to “Pompeii: The Immortal City” and step back 2,000 years to discover a vibrant civilization that pushed the envelope of science and innovation before its catastrophic ending. Making its North American debut at the Museum, the touring exhibition features more than 110 original artifacts unearthed at Pompeii and two body casts.
Guests are encouraged to dress like a Roman because everything is more fun when wearing a toga!
Three trucks – Bikini Panini, Go Go Vegan Go and Grapevine – will offer food for sale. An eight-tap beer truck, Vasen beer and Belle Isle cocktails will be available for purchase to round out the evening.
More than 3,000 guests attended the first four Science on Tap events. Held quarterly and each with a different theme, the Museum created the series after receiving feedback that adults wanted to spend time exploring the Museum’s exhibits and enjoying special activities with a drink in hand and no children around.
The Science on Tap series inspires grown-ups to have a good time while connecting them to science in their everyday lives and encouraging them to discover something new.
Thursday, July 11, from 6 to 10 p.m.
New for this event, tickets for Science on Tap: Togas and Tectonics are $10 for the general public and $8.50 for members if purchased online before 12 p.m. July 11. When purchased at the door, tickets are $15 for the general public and $13.50 for members. Guests can add “Pompeii: The Immortal City” to their evening for an additional $10 for the general public and $7 for Museum members.
Food and drink must be purchased separately. Guests must be 21 or older to attend. A valid ID is required for entry, no exceptions.
For more information, visit www.smv.org. Science on Tap is presented by WestRock.
Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220