Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

The Virginia Museum of Natural History is once again participating in Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day, offering free admission for anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket at the VMNH box office!  Amazing exhibits, like these pictured below, are waiting for you to explore!  Tickets can be downloaded for free from Smithsonian Magazine's website!

Forensic Science Saturday (Noon to 3 p.m.)

National Forensic Science Week takes place September 16 - 22 and the museum is celebrating by hosting its first-ever Forensic Science Saturday on September 22!  Special activities will take place from noon to 3 p.m. at the museum, including fingerprinting, blood spatter analysis, forensic entomology, and footprint analysis!  Best of all, anyone with a Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day ticket can participate in the activities - and view all the museum's exhibit galleries - for free!Museum Day - Forensic Science Saturday 2018

So, what is forensic science?
We're glad you asked!  According to the National Institute of Science, forensic science is defined as the application of sciences - such as physics, chemistry, biology, computer science and engineering - to matters of law. Forensic science can help investigators understand how blood spatter patterns occur (physics), learn the composition and source of evidence such as drugs and trace materials (chemistry) or determine the identity of an unknown suspect (biology).  Forensic science plays a vital role in the criminal justice system by providing scientifically based information through the analysis of physical evidence. During an investigation, evidence is collected at a crime scene or from a person, analyzed in a crime laboratory and then the results presented in court. Each crime scene is unique, and each case presents its own challenges.

Come out to the museum on Saturday, September 22 from noon to 3 p.m. for first-hand experience with forensic science techniques!