The Science Museum of Virginia offers patrons the opportunity to dive into the underwater world of sharks, now through Sept. 5, 2022. We recently had the chance to experience the Planet Shark: Predator or Prey exhibit, and let me tell you – it’s FINcredible!
The exhibit does a great job of explaining the vital importance of sharks to the ocean/ecosystem, while teaching about shark anatomy, prehistoric sharks and even the way scientists look into sharks! There are a variety of ways to learn throughout the exhibit, including: an interactive display (my son’s favorite!), puzzles, creating shark art, and
Don’t miss the display and piles of shark teeth – we couldn’t believe how big the Megalodon tooth was! The most interesting part about the exhibit for my husband and I was the dispelling of many myths about sharks, particularly the ones created by the media and Hollywood. My 8 year old daughter was completely taken by the immersive gallery, where we felt like we were actually underwater with the sharks!
Our family spent about 1 hour in the exhibit. I recommend enriching the experience by heading to The Forge on the 2nd floor, to create an “Ocean Cleaning Claw” afterward, a STEAM challenge that requires critical thinking and creativity. Other options include: creating your own shark headband in the Art Lab, or viewing the giant screen film Great White Shark ($5/person).
Admission is $21 for adults; $18.50 for youth (ages 6 – 12) and seniors (ages 60 and older); and $15 for preschool-aged children (ages 3 – 5). Dome tickets are additional. Discounts are available for teachers, military personnel and through the Museums for All program. Should your family plan to visit the museum several times this year, consider purchasing a membership to save.
— By Lindsay Garrison
Richmond on the Cheap contributor Lindsay Garrison is a Richmond, Virginia based mom to two young children. A graduate from Chesterfield Schools and Randolph-Macon College, Lindsay is proud to call Richmond home. In the years prior to planning activities and outings with her own children, she was a French teacher. During her tenure she earned accolades for her creative teaching style and ability to connect with her students. Lindsay now applies the skills she learned when she was planning student trips to France, to her own family adventures. She can’t wait to take her own children to France one day! Follow the Garrison’s family adventures on Instagram: @thegarrisonsrva
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