A² has 8 permanent exhibitions as well as a changing gallery.

Native American Gallery | Floor 4

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Explore the housing, daily life, and arts of the Monacan, Lakota, and Pueblo peoples: see what life in a tipi is like, gather food from the three sisters crops, or try your hand on a Pueblo weaving loom.

Mary jane and ron dolan gallery: On The James | Floor 4

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Take a journey down the James River with a miniature batteau boat! Navigate using locks and canals and watch what happens when a rainstorm soaks downtown Lynchburg!


Amazement Tower: From here to there to everywhere | Floors 4, 3 & 1

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“From Here to There to Everywhere,” is one of the tallest climbing structures in the nation that interconnects all four flours even extending into the roof!

Once Upon a Building | Floor 4

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Pretend to be an architect, urban planner, or construction worker while you learn how buildings are constructed. Don't forget to operate our larger than life crane to build structures from around the world.


Shipwreck Cove |
Floor 3

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Shipwreck Cove! “A Pirate’s Life for 3 + Under” is focused on children 36 months and under! Explore a pirate ship, play at our interactive table, interact with a coral reef; and meet new friends! This gallery also features a low stimulation area for children who may feel overwhelmed by the museum environment.

Centra Gallery: League of Healthy Heroes | Floor 3

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The Centra Gallery: League of Healthy Heroes exhibition! Join Scorpy Bug and his League of Healthy Heroes as they work to restore balance to healthy lifestyle choices.


Raceways & Voltageville | Floor 3

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Zip, swirl, and twirl as you explore gravity, inertia, velocity, and electricity in a setting that brings science to life.

Emmy Lou Thomson Big Red Barn | Floor 2

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The Big Red Barn invites visitors to learn about life on the farm milking a life-size cow, collecting crops, and greeting interactive animals.


Changing Gallery | Floor 2

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The Rights of a Child is an exhibition composed of watercolors, collages and mixed media by Yasmin Golshani, a Persian (Iranian) Artist residing in Prague. In this colorful and powerful exhibition Golshani promotes the important message of how diligent we must be in preserving the rights of children regardless of their cultural ethnicity and heritage.The exhibition is complemented with a series of interactive stations that further heightens and enrich the viewers experience with Golshani’s art and the subject matter within her works.

Golsahni’s work explore ten principles she believes every child has the right to.

  1. The right to equality, without distinction on account of race, religion or national origin.
  2. The right to special protection for the child’s physical, mental and social development.
  3. The right to a name and a nationality.
  4. The right to adequate nutrition, housing and medical services.
  5. The right to special education and treatment when a child is physically or mentally handicapped.
  6. The right to understanding and love by parents and society.
  7. The right to recreational activities and free education.
  8. The right to be among the first to receive relief in all circumstances.
  9. The right to protection against all forms of neglect, cruelty and exploitation.
  10. The right to be brought up in a spirit of understanding, tolerance, friendship among peoples, and universal brotherhood.

Helene P. Schewel Kaleidoscope Gallery | floor 1

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Every child dreams of painting on the walls and, in the Kaleidoscope Gallery’s Paintbox, visitors can do just that! Have big dreams to be a rockstar? Grab a microphone and join us on stage in On Stage: the Rockstar Experience. Have a group jam session in Listen to the Rhythm’s music studio setting or try on a puppet at the Puppet Tree; the Kaleidoscope Gallery is the place to go to stretch your imagination and explore the arts.



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At The Art of Acting, you can try on costumes, set the lighting, and act out your favorite scenes.

Bee in the know |
floor 1

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Bee In the Know is an interactive and live exhibition that explores the critical importance of bees in our daily lives, and how we can learn much from these amazing insects. They have been around for more than 6 million years, and have existed in harmony with nature. While bees live naturally in the wild, the exhibition explores how beekeepers are playing an important role in preserving the bee population by nurturing and housing them in hives. The miracle of these amazing insects is their complete commitment to a team environment. The exhibition explores how bees work, hang out, and eat together, and their love of the hive and desire to be part of a large family, that is well run and female-oriented.

A special thank you to our amazing sponsors/patrons!

Bank of Charlotte County
Jamerson-Lewis Construction
Westminster Canterbury