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Science Museum Cuts the Heart on Valentine’s Day

Science Museum of Virginia pulls heartstrings this Valentine’s Day with sheep heart dissection.




I would Tell-Tale you more but that would be in Poe form and the wrong heart. We’ll sheepishly walk away and let the Science Museum get to the very sharp point.

How does the Science Museum of Virginia celebrate Valentine’s Day? With hearts, of course. But, the Museum is not celebrating the iconic red symbol representing love; it is celebrating the organ that pumps blood throughout the body.

On Valentine’s Day, the Museum is offering special sheep heart dissection demonstrations to help guests understand the structure and function of the vital organ.

Image Credit: Science Museum of Virginia

From cow eyeballs to dogfish sharks, the Museum offers dissection demonstrations to give guests a better understanding of animal biology. A four-chambered sheep heart is close to the same size and functions in the same manner as a human heart. Watching staff get hands-on while describing each element and layer of the organ helps guests grasp the complexity of the body, and how all biological systems are interrelated.

Is there any truth to the phrase “pulling on heart strings?” Guests who attend the demo will find out!

The Museum will offer three sheep heart dissection demonstrations on Friday, Feb. 14, at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Guests of all ages are welcome to attend the demonstration, but don’t forget: it is a dissection.

The heart dissection demos are included with Museum admission, which is $15.50 for adults, $13.50 for youth and seniors and $10 for preschool-age children. Museum members and children two and under are admitted free. The Museum offers discounts for military, teachers and EBT cardholders.

For more information, visit

Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.