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Pandamonium: A Virtual Experience Attraction

Nov. 29 - Jan. 1
5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.
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Pandamonium: A Virtual Experience

See giant pandas like never before in "Pandamonium: A Virtual Experience," screening in the National Zoo Theater on select evenings during ZooLights, powered by Pepco.

With the aid of a VR headset, you'll get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the world of the Smithsonian's National Zoo's famous giant pandas: Bei Bei, Bao Bao, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian. Climb a tree within arm’s reach of the pandas, enjoy VIP status at Bei Bei’s first birthday party and learn how panda keepers care for these beloved but vulnerable animals.

Space is extremely limited, so arrive to ZooLights early in the evening to get tickets to one of the night’s shows.


  • Nov. 29-30
  • Dec. 1, 6-7, 13-14, 20-23, 26-30
  • Jan. 1


5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.


National Zoo Theater, located inside the Visitor Center

Ticket Information

Only guests ages 6 and up will be admitted to Pandamonium. Children between the ages of 6 and 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Tickets are available for purchase in the Zoo's Visitor Center beginning at 4 p.m. on the night of each show. They will not be sold online.

FONZ members get a special discount: $7.50 per ticket! Not a member? Join today.

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