When the Science Museum of Virginia opened the traveling exhibition “Giant Insects” on January 18, 2020, it expected guests to visit the larger-than-life bugs through the end of August. But the pandemic-induced closure meant guests missed out on nearly six months of time to explore the exhibition.
That was bugging Museum staff, so to give guests more time to see “Giant Insects” while it’s in Richmond – and to help squash their fear of bugs – the Museum is extending the exhibition through early next year.
The “Giant Insects” exhibition will now close Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021.
Insect lovers and curious-minded guests of all ages are invited to explore six enormous, robotic insects ranging from 40 to 120 times larger than life size; numerous stations to understand how insects eat, their camouflage techniques and identify insect sounds; and terrariums with live bugs.
Designed by California-based Kokoro Exhibits, “Giant Insects” blends art and science with impressive animatronic insects that move like their real-life counterparts. Big bugs depicted in the exhibition include the desert locust, which has a 20-foot wing span; two rhinoceros beetles engaged in mortal combat; a tranquil wiggling caterpillar that, in adulthood, would become a Swallowtail butterfly; a 60-times life size praying mantis; and the master-of-disguise stick insect camouflaging with Mother Nature.
While the Museum’s Animal Lab is still closed, guests can view live arthopods in “Giant Insects,” including tarantulas, a vinegaroon, millipedes, several species of beetles and hissing cockroaches.
By switching the guests’ perspective and putting them the size of the bug and the bug the size of the guest, “Giant Insects” helps guests better understand the complexity and diversity in the insect world and appreciate that they are an important part of our ecosystem.
Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
Museum operating hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“Giant Insects” is included with Museum admission. Museum members and children two and under are admitted free. The Museum offers discounts for military, teachers and EBT cardholders. Call 804.864.1400 for details about reserving tickets with the discount code.
The Museum has made adjustments to operating procedures, including purchasing tickets online in advance, to help ensure a safe environment for all who enter the building. Guests are encouraged to review the reopening policies on the Museum’s website at www.smv.org/welcome before their visit.
Richmond Animal Care and Control Looking for Information on Dog Found in Dumpster
The dog was found in a dumpster at the Residences at Westover Hills (5852 Westower Drive). If you have an information please call 647-5573 or email [email protected]
We just don’t know what to say about this one. Swear words want to come out first…followed by tears…then back to bigger swear words. This sweet dog was found in this dumpster at the Residences at Westover Hills. No joke. Citizens saw him and called our team. Officer Jones removed him from the dumpster and took him straight to Virginia Veterinary Centers.
We named him Blue Skies. He’s 10 months old and was in terrible shape; starved, covered in feces, with open wounds on his body-our RACC Medical Pics closed group shows more (if you can handle graphic). We need your help finding the person responsible for his suffering. Please call 647-5573 or email [email protected] with information. Our hearts are breaking over the sweet spirit of this dog that deserves a chance at a better life. Please share-plus he will need a home-email if you can help with that too. #weareyourcityshelter #throwninthetrash #HelpUsHelpHim #ijustcantanymore
Sacred Heart Center Needs Help Filling Up their Food Bank
The Food Bank, in partnership with Bainbridge Community Ministries and Sacred Heart Parish has been able to provide food to 750 community members affected by this crisis.
Sacred Heart Center at 1400 Perry Street runs a food bank and donations are not keeping up with current demand. You can donate items directly (contactless) on Tuesdays and Thursdays or make a donation online.
A message from Sacred Heart Center.
Dear Sacred Heart Center Friends and Family,
While Sacred Heart Center continues to implement our educational programs remotely for our community, we are currently accepting food donations to support our families during this critical time.
Due to the great need that our families experience, demonstrated in the number of people served each time we open the food bank (more than 150 people per day,) through our Food Bank, in partnership with Bainbridge Community Ministries and Sacred Heart Parish, we have been able to provide food to 750 community members affected by this crisis.
We will be accepting food donations on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Donations can be dropped off at the side of our main building, located at 1400 Perry Street. Please drive into Sacred Heart’s parking lot and pull up to the designated parking spot located next to the first door on the left.
Please stay in your vehicle and someone will come to accept your donations.
If you would like to help replenish our food pantry, but are unable to come to the SHC, please consider donating online so that we can continue to support our community at this time.
We are accepting all food items while also strongly asking for foods that our community consumes:
- Corn flour
- Dried or canned beans
- Baby formula
- Snacks for small children
- Canned Vegetables
- Canned Fruit
- Powdered Milk
- Peanut butter
- Tea & Coffee
- Cooking oils
Other items we are accepting:
- Personal Care Products (Deodorants, lotions, dental care, hair care, shaving needs, laundry detergent)
- Diapers (any size)
- Feminine hygiene products
- Latex gloves
- Paper & Plastic bags to distribute food
- Cardboard Boxes to distribute food
- Lysol/Clorox wipes
- Large size diapers (size 4-6)
If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about volunteering for our Curbside Food Bank, please do not hesitate to ask:
If you are in a position to give back to the community, please join us!
To stay up to date on available community resources, please visit our website at: www.shcrichmond.org/en/links We will continue to add more information as it becomes available.
Free Covid-19 Testing Today at Regency Square
As of this morning, the Virginia Department of Health reports 4,515 new positive cases of the coronavirus in the Commonwealth and 63 new deaths as a result of the virus. VDH reports 496 new cases in and around Richmond (Chesterfield: 200, Henrico: 189, and Richmond: 107).
Today’s the day – if you have symptoms of #COVID19 or have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 and want to get tested, come out to Regency Square and drive through the parking deck from 10am to 12pm. Learn more: vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/co