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The Grand Kugel

In 2003 the Science Museum of Virginia unveiled the Grand Kugel, the world's largest kugel ball at a cost of $1.5 million dollars. The Grand Kugel was originally carved from an 86-ton block of South African black granite. It was 8 feet, 8.7 inches in diameter, and it floated on a base of granite. Shortly after installation, the Grand Kugel began to crack. The crack eventually spread through the sphere, rendering it unfloatable. A replacement kugel ball was installed in October 2005. The original kugel is still on display behind the museum.

General
General
  • Hours (General Information): 9:30 am-5 pm Tuesday-Saturday, 11:30 am-5 pm Sunday. Memorial Day through Labor Day: 9:30 am-5 pm Monday-Saturday, 11:30 am-5 pm Sunday.
  • Parking:
    • Free
    • Motorcoach
  • Attraction Fee: Exhibits Only Adult (13-59): $11 Youth 4-12 and Seniors 60+: $10 Groups of 10+: $8 Film Only Adult (13-59): $9 Youth 4-12 and Seniors 60+: $9 Groups of 10+: $8 Exhibits and Film: Adult (13-59): $16 Youth 4-12 and Seniors 60+: $15 Groups of 10+: $13
  • Handicapped Accessible:
  • Motorcoach Group Friendly:
  • Student Friendly:
  • Attraction Hours: 9:30 am - 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday, 11:30 am - 5 pm Sunday
Facility Info
Meeting Rooms
  • Reception Capacity 1000
  • Theatre Capacity 250
  • Banquet Capacity 1000
  • Number of Rooms 2
  • Classroom Capacity 900
RF&P Forum
  • Classroom Capacity: 175
  • Banquet Capacity: 100
  • Reception Capacity: 150
Rotunda
  • Banquet Capacity: 250
  • Reception Capacity: 500
Thalhimer Pavilion
  • Classroom Capacity: 900
  • Banquet Capacity: 500
  • Reception Capacity: 500
Garner Pavilion
  • Banquet Capacity: 1000
  • Reception Capacity: 1000
Discovery Room
  • Classroom Capacity: 150
  • Banquet Capacity: 80
  • Reception Capacity: 125
Mezzanine
  • Reception Capacity: 200
Ethyl IMAX Dome
  • Theater Capacity: 250
Eureka Theatre
  • Theater Capacity: 119