See the Science Museum of Va. put fruitcake to the test

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Science Museum of Virginia says one of its most popular holiday traditions is ‘Fruitcake Science’, conducting various experiments on the holiday treat everyone loves to hate. 

For nearly a decade, the museum has been freezing fruitcake with liquid nitrogen, burning it with a blow torch, dropping it in a water tank and more. Visitors can participate in the fun through Dec. 30. Fruitcake Science demonstrations happen twice a day each of the five days in the Museum’s lab spaces. Click here for the schedule

“Fruitcake isn’t really everyone’s favorite dessert, so we just had a bunch laying after and after the holidays looking for some fun things to do, so we’re like let’s take all our extra fruitcake and put it through some fun experiments,” said Gallery Programming Manager Laura Kramer. 

You’ll also have the opportunity to sample fruitcake baked in the museum’s “Boost!” kitchen, drop fruitcake down a zipline, and create a glowing felt fruitcake in the museum’s new makerspace, The Forge. 

The museum also has a special fruitcake collection on display, including a fruitcake launched into space, one from Buckingham Palace and one baked by former Gov. Terry McAuliffe . 

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