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Vulture Awareness Day – September 3

birds-turkey-vultureIt’s International Vulture Awareness Day and the turkey and black vultures at the Virginia Living Museum will receive special attention. From 10am to 2pm enjoy craft activities inside and explore vulture artifacts on the trail with Museum volunteers. Vulture  enrichment is scheduled at 1pm. Learn why vultures are important to the ecosystem.

Time: 10am-2pm

Cost: included in Museum admission.


Fall Native Plant Sale – September 17-18, 24-25

Member Preview September 15 | 4-6pm

plant-sale-volunteerChoose from a large selection of summer and fall blooming native wildflowers, shrubs and small trees for a variety of garden sites and styles at the Virginia Living Museum’s annual fall plant sale. Many of
these are excellent plants for attracting butterflies, hummingbirds and other wildlife to your yard.  Native plants are good choices for area gardenters because such plants tolerate the area’s weather and serve as food and shelter for area wildlife, while also providing a good show in the garden. Fall is the best time of year to do the majoritiy of your heavy gardening. All plants are nursery propagated. Sale help rain or shine.

Time: 9am to 4pm.

Cost: Admission to sale is free, does not include admission to the Museum.


Free Lecture: Plants and Ozone: an Unhealthy Mix –  September 20

NATURALLY SPEAKING: A FREE lecture series in celebration of the Museum’s 50th anniversary

ozoneplant-2ozoneplant-1In well-tended gardens and natural areas alike, there are many challenges to the health of plant communities.  Insects, disease and other stresses on plants all contribute to that challenge.  But in the air, an invisible air pollutant – ground level ozone – threatens the health of plants and humans alike.  Dr. John Skelly, retired Penn State Plant Pathologist, will help us understand the origins of this atmospheric chemical, its effects on plants, and how to identify ozone symptoms on plants in our gardens and in the natural world.  We’ll also learn about his ongoing partnership with NASA atmospheric researchers and his contributions to the VLM / NASA Ozone Garden.

Time: 6:30-8pm

Location: VLM Lab

Register in advance: online or call 757-595-9135.

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VLM Members’ 50th Anniversary Celebration – Sept. 24

Love-MembersMembers only celebrate the Virginia Living Museum’s 50th Anniversary with a fun filled day of activities just for you! Your special day will include canoe trips on our very own Deer Park Lake, interactive games and activities (including a rock climbing wall), crafts, refreshments, animal encounters,  a very special scavenger hunt and much much more.

Anniversary Celebration Planetarium Programs

  • 11:30am  Microcosm
  • 12:30pm  The Art of Hubble
  • 1:30pm    Beyond the Night
  • 2:30pm    Two Small Pieces of Glass

Time: 11am-3pm

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Butterflies: Wings of Wonder – October 1

Butterflies are amazing creatures in so many ways – their vibrant colors, their different shapes, sizes and patterns and the important roles they play in nature’s web of life. Join us as we celebrate the wonderful lives of butterflies with special exhibits, live butterflies, crafts and games.

Time: 10am-3pm

Cost: Included in Museum admission.


Wild at Art Show – October 21-22

Virginia artists David Turner and Jim Wilson, passionate advocates for Virginia wildlife, are hosting a two-day show as part of the Museum’s 50th anniversary celebration. This show features artworks to enrich and inspire appreciation of man’s relationship with nature.

Jim and David began their close friendship at the Virginia Living Museum 35 years ago. In the early 80’s they were regular exhibitors at the then Peninsula Nature and Science Center’s annual benefit Wildlife Art Show. Since then they have presented their work together at shows across the country and traveled together on research trips to many locations including the wilds of Alaska.

TurnerstudioEastern Shore artist David H. Turner has a talent of capturing the beauty and motion of wildlife in bronze. Since 1983, David and his father, William, have created more than 400 different limited edition bronzes and more than 50 large public commissions.  Ranging in size from life-size mice and wrens to full-size bears and dolphins, the Turners have a sculpture to fit the smallest niche in a home or to enhance the entrance of a zoo or museum.  Whatever the case, the Turners’ work is a reflection of their deep appreciation and understanding of nature. Several of Turner’s works are on display at the VLM. The most recent is the Black Bear Family sculpture, a 50th anniversary gift from Harry and Judy Wason, on display in the Conservation Garden.

JimwelephantJim Wilson of Yorktown has always had a passion for the wild creatures he recreates along with a reverence for the world in which they live. An artist since childhood, he has worked professionally for over 35 years developing a reputation as a renowned wildlife artist. An avid outdoorsman and naturalist, he has been in the midst of charging elephants in Africa, ventured down the Amazonian head waters and trekked in the Peruvian Andes. Travels in North America have taken him from the remote passes of Alaska to the carved rock canyons of the desert Southwest. He pursues these exploits, he says, not for the sake of adventure, but to bear witness to what the world is rapidly losing. Jim adds, “The natural world is God’s crowning beauty upon the earth. My desire is to understand all I can about it, and through my paintings, to celebrate and share all its marvels and mysteries with others.” Jim presented versions of his exhibit, “On the Edge – The Plight of Endangered Species,” at the VLM in 1987 and 2004.

A portion of sales from the show will support wildlife conservation at the VLM.

Jim and David will be present during the show to discuss their art and share their techniques with visitors.

Cost: Free admission to show, does not include admission to the Museum.

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Night of the Living Museum – October 29

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Great fun for families with kids 12 and under!  Wear your costume and enjoy live animal shows with fierce and not-so-fierce Halloween critters, experience creepy crawlies of all kinds, see the tooth fairy and her princess friends, take a night hike along the trail, take in a laser show and enjoy creepy crafts!  Read more…

Time:  4:30 -8pm  (museum closes at 3pm)

Cost: $10 per person  for members, $13 for non-members. Purchase tickets in advance and save $1. Those with advance tickets will be granted special access through green garden gate. Tickets are full price day of the event.


Friday Night Flicks – November 4

Ice Age 5: Collision Course – VLM members only

Ice_Age_Collision_Course_webThis exclusive event is for VLM members only. “Ice Age 5: Collision Course” is the third and final recently released, animal themed movie that will be shown in the Abbitt Planetarium. Scrat’s epic pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World.

There is limited seating and tickets must be obtained in advance at the Admissions Desk.  Tickets are limited to the number of individuals on a membership.

The Wild Side Café will open at 5pm for dinner and snack purchases. Reclosable drinks and popcorn only are allowed in the theater.

Time: 6-8:30pm

Cost: FREE admission for VLM members only. Tickets must be obtained in advance at the Admissions Desk beginning October 21. Tickets are limited to the number of individuals in a membership.

Movies made possible thanks to AZA and FOX.


Owl be Home for the Holidays – December 4

SantaandMrsClausVLM member event

Exclusively for Virginia Living Museum members, this event is the perfect way to welcome the holidays. Join us as we celebrate the season and show our appreciation for our members. There will be hands-on craft projects. Enjoy a holiday story and much more with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Not a Museum member? Find out how to become a Museum member and join online. Or join by phone during regular Museum hours by calling 757-595-1900 ext 240.
Time: 9:30an-noon