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Homeschool Opportunities

The exhibits in the Virginia Living Museum were designed to correlate with and reinforce Virginia’s Standards of Learning for Science. While taking a tour of the geographic regions of Virginia, families can observe:

  • Live animals and plants in their natural habitats
  • Plant and animal life cycles, food chains and food webs
  • Animal survival adaptations for finding food and shelter, rearing young, avoiding predators, defensive measures
  • Animal migration, camouflage and hibernation
  • Endangered and threatened species
  • Vertebrates and invertebrates
  • The importance of conserving Virginia’s animal, plant and mineral resources
  • Pond, forest, stream, Chesapeake Bay, cypress swamp, mountain cove, cave and more habitats
  • Virginia’s prehistoric past: rocks, minerals, fossils
  • Phases of the moon, reasons for the seasons, earth’s revolution and rotation, planets in our solar system

To assist homeschool families, the Museum offers FREE grade-level-targeted guides to its living exhibits to help children focus during their visit. All questions are correlated to Virginia SOLs and national science standards.

Exhibit Guides

Please note: Only Blank Guides are available online. Answer keys are available at the Museum’s front desk.

Discovery Boxes

discovery-boxes-3The Museum offers homeschool families special discount pricing for its “Museum in a Trunk” Discovery Boxes. Choose from ten exciting topics. Save more money by sharing Discovery Boxes with other homeschool families. To reserve a Discovery Box for homeschool use, please call 757-595-9135 or complete our online form.

Rental Duration
7-day Rental FedEx Home Delivery & Pickup $112.50
7-day Rental Pickup and Return at the VLM $90
3-day Rental Pickup and Return at the VLM $60

Additional Programs for Kids

Homeschool Mornings  December 13 and March 1

Homeschool DayThe wonders of nature … the excitement of discovery … the satisfaction of accomplishment. This is what a “Homeschool Morning” at the Virginia Living Museum is all about. We are committed to providing unparalleled education experiences for our region’s Homeschool families. Enjoy a wide range of the museum’s education resources, including a line-up of our acclaimed natural science classroom, environmental science labs and space science planetarium programs – all of which are curriculum, grade-level targeted and taught by professional educators.

Register November 7 – December 9 for the December 13 event.

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Register TBD – for March 1 event

Homeschool Morning December 13

Subject Area
Natural Science Bay BC’s K-1  10:15-11am $11.75 per child
Natural Science  Think Like a Scientist  2-3 11:15am-12pm $11.75 per child
Space Science Reasons for the Seasons  3-4 10:15-11am $11.75 per child
Space Science Two Small Pieces of Glass 5-12 11:15am-12pm $11.75 per child
Environmental Science Lab Exploring the Microscope  6-12 9:30-11:00am $13.75 per child


All programs include a self-guided visit of museum exhibits.

A self-guided visit is free for VLM members. Non-members pay $9 per child (ages 3-12), $14 adults for a self-guided visit.

Parents may accompany their child into a program after paying admission.

For more information, please call the Reservations office at 757-595-9135, Monday – Friday, 9am- 4:30pm. Payment is collected at the time of the registration. We accept American Express, Discover, Mastercard and Visa.

Homeschool Mornings are sponsored by:


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