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The Virginia Living Museum welcomes your group! Our goal is to offer your clients memories that will last a lifetime, in addition to helping you with all the planning and details. We offer a fantastic 2- to 3-hour tour option to suit groups of all ages and up to 400 visitors at a time.

Conveniently located two miles off I-64 and only 20 miles from the Historic Triangle of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown, the Virginia Living Museum is central to many hotels, restaurants and shopping malls. If your group is wild about wildlife, we ensure the Virginia Living Museum will become one of the highlights of their tour of the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.

Take a self-guided tour of Virginia’s natural history from the mountains to the sea, with exhibits that look back at you. Travel the universe in the digital state-of-the-art planetarium theater. Student groups can book SOL-coordinated programs and labs or mini-programs that feature hands-on activities.

Looking for a place to perform? Combine a performance in our outdoor amphitheater or entrance courtyard with a self-guided visit.

Behind-the-Scenes tours with the Curatorial staff and after-hours rentals are also available.

Does your group love shows? Our Abbitt Planetarium has a variety of shows for all ages.

The average length of a self-guided Museum tour is 2-2 ½ hours. Please allow an extra 45 minutes if your group is booked for a Planetarium Show.

Group Leaders, Travel Agents, Tour Operators and Receptive Operators are welcome to visit the Museum at anytime for a familiarization tour to get an “up-close and personal” view of our facilities and wildlife.

Download our Group Tour Profile Sheet

We look forward to welcoming your group upon their arrival here at the Virginia Living Museum for their totally Wild Time!


Group Admissions

A minimum of 10 paid guests is required to receive the group rates that follow.

General Admission:
Adult (13+ years): $19.00
Child (3-12 years): $14.00
Child (2 years & under): Free

Planetarium (Open Wednesday-Sunday September through May, daily during the summer)

During Regular Museum Hours:
Planetarium add-on to Admission: $4.00 per person

During Scheduled Evening Shows:
Evening: $6.00 per person
Double Feature Combo: $10.00 per person

Private Shows: *(Scheduling of Planetarium shows depends on staff availability)
The planetarium can be reserved for a private showing for up to 71 people
Daytime – $300
Evening – $400

*Planetarium total fee is due 15 days prior to visit along with signed contract
Reservation is not guaranteed until payment is received

Please Note: The Museum provides two complimentary admission tickets per motor coach for the coach driver and tour escort.

Student Groups:
Complimentary admission is provided to teachers, plus one free adult chaperone per every ten children.

Motor Coach Parking:
There is plenty of free parking for motor coaches.

Food/Beverages:
The Wild Side Café offers hot and cold breakfast, lunch and snack items. There is indoor and outdoor seating. Lunches and snacks can be ordered in advance. The Museum also has an outdoor terrace vending area and seated picnic areas to enjoy your own picnic. No food or drinks, excluding bottled water, are permitted in the Museum exhibits area.

Accessibility:
The entire Museum is wheelchair accessible, including rest rooms, with elevators between floors. The outdoor boardwalk is ¾ mile in length with no restrooms. There is a water fountain.

Wild Things Museum Store:
Take a piece of the Virginia Living Museum home with you! With more than 1,400 square feet of shopping space, the gift shop is filled with a wide selection of Museum souvenirs, books, toys, gifts, apparel, jewelry, stationery and more!

Visit the Wild Things Museum Store page

Reservations/More Information

To make a reservation, please call our Reservation Coordinator 757-595-9135, fax 757-599-4897 or email Reservations. You may also complete one of our online reservation forms – Group Leader or Tour/Receptive Operator. Reservations must be confirmed by the Museum.

School groups should contact the Reservations Coordinator at 757-595-9135, fax 757-599-4897 or complete our online reservation form. See information about self-guided visits, classes, labs and other programs for school groups.

Payment & Cancellation:
Advance deposit with signed contract is required. Cash, check or credit cards (American Express, Discover, MasterCard or VISA) are accepted. Cancellation without penalty is 30 days prior to visit.

Best Times for Group Visits:
Please note: On week days during the school year, student groups attend sessions in the Museum until 1pm and in the Planetarium until 2pm It is advised to arrange your group visit after these times.