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Science Museum of Virginia "Invasion of the Insects," a new exhibit featuring praying mantises, butterflies, insect-related activities and the chance to eat a chocolate-covered cricket, runs Dec.26-Jan. 7. "Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure," a documentary on insect life, plays at the Ethyl IMAX Dome Dec. 26-May 20. Tickets are $8.50. Admission to the museum is $15.50-$16. 2500 W. Broad St. 864-1400.


Agecroft Hall and Gardens "Gloriana: Elizabeth I (1533-1603)," an exhibition detailing the life and reign of the queen, features 14 reproduction portraits painted throughout her life. Through Jan. 2. "Bellycheer," the English diet of the 16th and 17th centuries, through Jan. 2. Special events, tours and lectures are offered regularly. 4305 Sulgrave Road. 353-4241.

Beth Ahabah Museum and Archives "Beth Ahabah: One Hundred Years on Franklin Street," through Dec. 31. "Commonwealth and Community: The Jewish Experience in Virginia" and "Treasures of the Collection" are on permanent display. 1109 W. Franklin St. 353-2668.

Black History Museum "Brown v. Board of Education: 50 Years of Integration," through April 24. 00 Clay St. 780-9093.

Children's Museum of Richmond "The Monkey King: A Journey to China" features the 400-year-old folk hero and prankster the Monkey King as he travels across the country with his friends, learning about the culture and life of China through interactive exhibits for children. The exhibit continues through Feb. 28. Admission is $7. Art and science exhibits designed for a younger perspective, with events and weekly programs. 2626 W. Broad St. 474-2667 or visit

Historic Jackson Ward Museum The museum focuses on the history of black Richmond and one if its most famous areas. 502 N. Third St. 343-1825.

John Marshall House Restored Federal-style home of the former chief justice of the United States. 818 E. Marshall St. 648-7998.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This year's GardenFest of Lights, themed "Woodland Fantasy," uses more than half a million lights and runs nightly through Jan. 2, 5-10 p.m. $3-$9. More than 30 acres of gardens, changing seasonal displays, numerous events and a bird-watching trail. 1800 Lakeside Ave. 262-9887.

Library of Virginia "Telling the Story: Virginians in Wartime" runs through Jan. 29. "Working Out Her Destiny: Women's History in Virginia, 1600-2004" runs through March 26. 800 E. Broad St. 692-3592.

Maymont Park The Maymont Foundation offers numerous programs, tours and events for children and adults. For more information, call 358-7166 or visit 1700 Hampton St.

Museum of the Confederacy The Provisional Constitution of the Confederate States of America is on display through December. Artifacts and information on the Civil War and the antebellum South. 1201 E. Clay St. 649-1861.

Pump House The 1883 Gothic structure in Byrd Park opens for tours the third Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. 2129 Pump House Road. 560-8772.

Science Museum of Virginia "Joy From the World," an exhibit featuring holiday traditions from around the world, runs through Jan. 1. The Carpenter Science Theatre Company presents "One Bad Camel" through Jan. 1. The IMAX film "Forces of Nature" shows through March 18. Tickets are $15.50-$16. "Mars Mania," a planetarium show, runs through Jan. 9. Also, Chris Semtner's insect paintings hang through Feb. 15. 2500 W. Broad St. The museum also offers programs, lectures and classes for children and adults. Call 864-1400 or visit

University of Richmond Museums At the Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature, "'Fancy Rockingham' Pottery: The Modeller and Ceramics in Nineteenth Century America," through Feb. 27. Also, "Bland to Brilliant: Fluorescent Rocks from the Permanent Collection," an exhibit of light-reactive rocks, goes on permanent display. 289-8276.

Valentine Richmond History Center "Curators at Work," through December, "Discovering Collections, Making Connections," through February, "Toys and the End of the Century," through February and the Edward V. Valentine Sculpture Studio on permanent display. Bus and walking tours offered every Sunday. 1015 E. Clay St. 649-0711.

Virginia Aviation Museum The museum offers special programs, exhibits and lectures on the history and science of flight. 5701 Huntsman Road. 236-3622 or 358-4901.

Virginia Historical Society "Pivotal Presidential Elections, 1789-1968: The Allen Frey Collection," through Jan. 3. "Stoneware Pottery of Eastern Virginia," through Feb. 1. "American Visions of Liberty and Freedom," explores the evolving shape of these ideas throughout America's history. Through May 30. 428 N. Boulevard. 358-4901.

Virginia Holocaust Museum "Liberation!" follows the course of World War II during the period of Europe's liberation, telling the stories of several Richmonders who witnessed that side of the war. "Exodus" exhibits the 1947 attempt to land thousands of Holocaust survivors in Palestine and the eventual creation of Israel. Permanent exhibit. 2000 E. Cary St. 257-5400.

Virginia House Photography exhibit detailing design and building of Virginia House, home of Alexander and Virginia Weddell. Permanent exhibit. 4301 Sulgrave Road in Windsor Farms. 353-4251.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts "Selections: 20th Century Latin American Art in the VMFA Collection" features artwork by Diego Rivera, Rafael Ferrer, Fernando Botero and others. The show hangs through December. "Prints of the Future," art by area middle and high-school students, hangs through Jan. 2. "Albrecht D�rer: A Renaissance Journey in Print," featuring 83 of his prints, hangs through Jan. 9. 200 N. Boulevard. 340-1400.

Wilton House Museum "Circa 1753: The History of Wilton House" features photographs and displays that explore the construction of the building at World's End and its relocation to Richmond, as well as the story of the Randolph family. Tours available Tues.-Sun. 215 S. Wilton Road.

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