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Virginia Living Museum

Virginia Living Museum

View endangered red wolves. Get up close to a loggerhead turtle and moon jellies. See fish with no eyes and frogs that change colors. Touch live horseshoe crabs and fossilized dinosaur tracks. It’s all at the Virginia Living Museum, Newport News, where living exhibits depict Virginia’s natural heritage from the mountains to the sea.  Visitors experience animals native to Virginia in habitats, discovery centers and interactive exhibits. The Virginia Living Museum showcases Virginia’s natural and living resources to encourage understanding and protection of our natural world.

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Daily 9am to 5pm
Outdoor areas close at 4:30pm

Extended Summer Hours
Thursdays 9am – 8pm
June 1 – August 31, 2017

Closed Thanksgiving, December 24, 25, January 1

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)


Adults $20
Children (ages 3-12) $15
Ages 2 and under free.


Weekend Safaris, Astronomy Classes, Nature Adventure Club, Summer Fun for Kids, Summer Field Adventures, Overnight Adventures, Birthday Parties, Mother Nature's Traveling Road Show.

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Museum exhibits and shop, aquarium, planetarium (extra fee), outdoor boardwalk and natural animal habitats.


All of the Museum’s public areas and classrooms are accessible to wheelchair users and to other visitors who cannot use stairs.

Wheelchairs, mobility scooters and baby strollers are available at no charge through the Admissions Desk on a first-come, first-served basis.

All restrooms are handicapped accessible.

A family restroom is available on the main floor near the Wild Side Café.


Last updated: February 27, 2020
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