Feb 8, 2024 - Things to Do

Things to do in Richmond this weekend: Steampunk and more

a Victorian steam machine with a drivers seat and lots of metal

"Discover Steampunk" is open through August 18. Image: Courtesy of Science Museum

If you've ever wanted to learn more about the Victorian-era movement that imagined a steam-powered technological future, the Science Museum has the exhibit for you.

"Discover Steampunk" opens Saturday with hands-on interactive exhibits, live brain dissection demonstrations and lots of steam-powered toys.

  • The traveling show runs through August, but Steampunk-curious adults should mark their calendar for March 21 and the museum's adults-only, costumed Steampunk event.
  • Exhibit admission is included with museum tickets, $17 for adults.

Bonus picks: 🖼️ The Black History Museum welcomes two new exhibits this week: "Visions of Progress," featuring stunning photos of Black Virginians in the pre-Harlem Renaissance era, and "Stolen Lives, Dreamed Lives," a sculpture exhibition of nine works telling the chronological story of Black Americans. Adult museum admission is $10.

🗑️ Keep Virginia Cozy is having its first neighborhood cleanup of the year on Sunday, when people can help clean up Hull Street and the Richmond Slave Trail in Shockoe Bottom.

Editor's note: This post was corrected to note Keep Virginia Cozy's neighborhood cleanup will take place on Sunday, not Saturday.


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