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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.

Community Birthday Celebration – November 13

50for50bThe Virginia Living Museum is 50 years old today and is celebrating by giving back to the community that has supported us from the beginning. Visitors can enjoy all of the museum’s indoor and outdoor exhibits, including the new Dinosaur Discovery Trail. There will be live animal shows from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and planetarium programs every hour from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Plus enjoy celebratory birthday cakes. Admission is 50 cents per person (no other discounts apply) and planetarium programs are an additional 50 cents. Carpooling is recommended, parking is limited.

Planetarium Programs

  • 9:30am  Legends of the Night Sky: Orion
  • 10:30am  Virginia Skies
  • 11:30am  Laseropolis
  • 12:30pm  Legends of the Night Sky: Orion
  • 1:30pm  Dinosaur Prophecy
  • 2:30pm  Virginia Skies
  • 3:30pm  Dinosaur Prophecy
  • 4:30pm  Laseropolis

Time: 9am-5pm

Cost: 50 cents per person. No other discounts apply.

Turkey Pardoning  – November 23birds-wild-turkey

For the seventh year, the Virginia Living Museum will celebrate the long and healthy life of its wild turkeys during the annual Turkey Pardoning Ceremony at 11am. Enjoy exhibits about wild turkeys beginning at 10am and attend the ceremony where Newport News Vice Mayor Tina Vick will pardon the turkeys on the outdoor trail beside the Turkey/Deer Habitat.

The Wild Turkey exhibit is sponsored by the Colonial Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Time: Activities 10am – 1pm, ceremony at 11am

Cost: VLM members free, non-members Museum admission $20 adults, $15 children ages 3-12.

Noon Year’s Eve – December 31StellarNYE3BUTTON

The whole family can enjoy this seventh-annual daytime New Year’s celebration at the Virginia Living Museum. This year’s event is space-themed as the museum turns back the clock to the 1960s Race for Space to launch a year-long 50th anniversary celebration. Dress as an astronaut, Star Wars or your favorite space alien. Enjoy NASA space exhibits and photo ops with the 501st Legion, the Rebel Legion and the Mandalorian Mercs.

Meet Bubbles the Clown and special animal friends from the Teeny Tiny Farm. Make crafts, play games,VLM-NYE-11A enjoy fun activities. Count down to the New Year at noon.

Time: Special activities 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: Included in museum admission.