Science After Dark Museum Events

Science After Dark
Every First Friday 5:30–9 pm
Discover the mysteries of the universe during our monthly adventures! Learn how to use and create your own star charts or journey through the night sky in The Dome with a special all-live Cosmic Expedition. Gaze through telescopes and see firsthand some of the wonders of the nighttime sky, weather permitting. This incredible event is brought to you in partnership with the Institute for Advance Learning and Research. Members and students with college ID enjoy free admission to Science After Dark; general admission is $5.

Sensory Friendly Nights at the Danville Science Center
November 15 and December 13; 5–7:30 pm

Free Admission for the first 100 who pre-register!
Take part in our fantastic fall lineup of sensory friendly nights of science discovery and fun. Explore our galleries with sensory sensitivity accommodations to lights and sounds while enjoying an evening of sensory friendly activities brought to you by The Hughes Center. At 6:30 pm, take part in a sensory friendly show in the Digital Dome Theater. For more information or to pre-register, call 434.791.5160 x 0 or email This opportunity is made possible thanks to generous support from Autism Speaks.

Polar Express Pajama Party
December 1 & 8 • 10 am and 2 pm

All Aboard! Mark your calendars for our third annual viewing of the Polar Express! As a timeless classic, the Polar Express is fun for the young and the young at heart. To make sure you don’t forget your experience we will have a selfie station for families to grab a few fun photos as keepsakes from the day. Children are encouraged to dress in their favorite pajamas. Click here to purchase tickets.
Members: $12 per ticket
Non-Members: $15 per ticket (includes museum admission)