Visit another world at this luminarium set in downtown Norfolk

Visitors can walk through the exhibit starting on April 12. (Southside Daily/courtesy of Nauticus)
Visitors can walk through the exhibit starting on April 12. (Southside Daily/courtesy of Nauticus)

NORFOLK — In celebration of its 25th birthday, Nauticus is presenting ALBESILA Luminarium by Architects of Air from April 12-21.

Visitors can see the structure at the MacArthur Center Green on the corner of Freemason Street and Monticello Avenue.

This walk-through art experience is a massive labyrinth in which visitors are immersed in a maze of 27 egg-shaped domes — a phenomenon of every-changing light, shapes and color, officials said in a news release.

ALBESILA is described as looking like something aliens might have transported to earth.

The structure includes a 73-foot high, multi-colored dome, based on the “Spiral of Life” from an earlier luminarium, EGGOPOLIS, with a galaxy of 288 stars swirling upward, according to the news release.

“ALBESILA has toured all over the world and we’re thrilled to bring it to Hampton Roads,” said Stephen E. Kirkland, Nauticus executive director. “An extended run over spring break will hopefully give everyone a chance to enjoy this incredible experience.”

ALBESILA will be open (rain or shine) Monday through Friday from noon until 6 p.m. and on weekends from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

It is accessible to wheelchair users and people with mobility difficulties.

Admission is $6 for adults or children (ages 2 and younger are admitted free).

A combo ticket that includes admission to Nauticus is also available at $21 for adults; and $16 for children (4-12).

Tickets are purchased on-site.

In addition, a limited number of $10 advance booking tickets that give priority access at a specified time (reducing wait time) are available for purchase only here.

For more information about ALBESILA, click here or call 757-664-1000.

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