Fruitcake Science is Back at the Science Museum of Virginia!

The sticky sweet treat you love to hate is back for its annual starring role in the Science Museum of Virginia’s quirky holiday tradition, Fruitcake Science. That’s right, every year for almost a decade, the Museum has dedicated hundreds of hours and many, many calories, to performing extreme scientific testing on this often-lamented holiday pastry. You’ll see just how much this fruit-filled dessert has to offer in the name of science.

Join in the fun December 26-30 at the Museum and watch in awe as a talented team of scientists seek to understand the natural world and celebrate this one-of-a-kind, often maligned holiday dessert. Don’t miss the fun as highly-scientific, yet extremely unconventional experiments are performed to unlock the mysteries of this festive pastry. Watch as educators
freeze it to -321 degrees with liquid nitrogen, drop it down our giant red staircase to demonstrate the universal law of gravitation and even set it on fire with a blowtorch!

Guests are invited to join in on all the fantastic fruitcake festivities, including testing your construction skills in the Museum’s makerspace, The Forge, by building fruitcake bridges and much more! Additionally, those who are brave enough can even sample fruitcakes made with cricket flour. Yes, you read that correctly – fruitcake made with crickets!! The Museum is baking with bugs in celebration of its upcoming touring exhibition, “Giant Insects”, which will be creepy-crawling to the Museum in January 2020.

Don’t miss this sweet science in action! It’s the smartest thing to do while school is out. Fruitcake Science demonstrations happen throughout the day each day from December 26 –A detailed schedule of daily activities will be posted at closer to the event. Activities are included with Museum admission, which is $15.50 for adults, $13.50 for youth and seniors, and $10 for preschool age children. Children 2 and under are free.

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