December 31, 2021 10:00 am

Celebrate this New Year’s Eve tradition at the MSV! On this special day, MSV admission is free to all wearing a First Night wristband. A balloon artist will be making balloon animals in the galleries building lobby from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and at 2 and 4 p.m., the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center will present a family oriented animal education program featuring several of its ambassador animals, including a screech owl. Stop by the MSV Truist Learning Center to pick up a free take-and-make party hat craft throughout the day. Get more details about First Night at

Admission by donation. Wristbands will be available for purchase in the Museum Store.  

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