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Science Museum Celebrates State Employees with a Membership Discount

The Science Museum of Virginia is offering Virginia state employees a 30 percent discount on the organization’s Supernova-level membership.




The Science Museum of Virginia is offering Virginia state employees a 30 percent discount on the organization’s Supernova-level membership.

Anyone employed by the state may purchase a Supernova membership for just $112. This applies to new memberships as well as renewals for staff who took advantage of the discount offered in 2021. In addition, state employees may buy up to two Supernova memberships to gift to science-loving friends and family.

From Aug. 1 through 31, anyone who works for the Commonwealth of Virginia may get a 30 percent discount on their new membership purchase or membership renewal.

The Science Museum’s Supernova membership level includes two adults and all children (18 years old and younger) in the household. It provides free regular exhibition admission, free admission to Science After Dark events, guest passes to bring friends and family along for a visit, passes to see giant screen films and astronomy shows in The Dome, discounts in shop and more.

The membership is valid for an entire year, giving state employees the chance to see “Planet Shark: Predator or Prey” for free before it leaves the Science Museum on Sept. 5, 2022. The interactive touring exhibition includes awe-inspiring shark models cast from real animals, an extraordinary collection of real teeth and jaws, extremely rare fossils, interactive stations to learn more about shark features and habitats, movie memorabilia and more. “Planet Shark: Predator or Prey” also includes an immersive walk-through gallery that utilizes cinema-quality SENSORY4™ technology and features 45 minutes of high-definition underwater footage of sharks in their natural habitats.

In addition to numerous permanent exhibitions, a makerspace and labs open year-round, a membership purchased during this promotional period also allows free access to three other touring exhibitions at the Science Museum:

  • Skin: Living Armor, Evolving Identity” delves into the complex organ that is skin. It illustrates the incredibly adaptive properties of skin across numerous organisms, and sparks dialog about the societal and cultural constructs based on skin color. It on display until Jan. 15, 2023.
  • Playing with Light” features laser and lens-based experiences designed to ignite imagination and spark experimentation. It will be on display Feb. 11 through Aug. 20, 2023.
  • Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience” gives guests a glimpse at the extraordinary conditions of human space travel and the unique experience of what it’s like to be on board the International Space Station. This immersive exhibition is on display May 27 through Sept. 4, 2023.

By having Virginia staff bring their loved ones to the Science Museum, they are helping future scientists hone critical thinking skills and build confidence in several scientific fields. It gives the Science Museum a chance to inspire Virginia’s next generation of STEM-minded individuals and cultivate curiosity. It also gives state employees a chance to celebrate and utilize the offerings of one of Virginia’s many innovative agencies.

State employees interested in the discounted membership may purchase it in person at Guest Services, where they will be asked to show a state-issued ID as verification of employment.

The Science Museum is located at 2500 West Broad St. in Richmond.

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