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Welcome to the Virginia Living Museum

Virginia’s Animal Attraction & Dino Destination

The Virginia Living Museum is a successful public-private partnership, since 1966, between the City of Newport News and the Virginia Living Museum, a public non-profit 501(c)(3) organization (54-6055922). Together we connect people to nature through educational experiences that promote conservation.
BUILT by the Community, BELOVED by the Community and SUSTAINED by the Community, the Museum depends on private donations to succeed. We appreciate your financial contribution to support engaging education, animal welfare and conservation experiences for you and your family. Please consider a gift to our Annual Fund or a planned gift to our Endowment for future sustainability.

What You’ll See

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Animals in Action

The Virginia Living Museum is home to more than 250 species of animals found in Virginia including reptiles, mammals, birds and fish. We provide a sanctuary for orphaned,  non-releasable or injured animals.

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Plants in Action

The Virginia Living Museum has one of the largest displays of native plants in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Geology in Action

The Virginia Living Museum’s Underground Gallery is a journey back through Virginia’s ancient past, a past that has created a rich and colorful present.

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Planetarium in Action

Travel the universe in the digital state-of-the-art Abbitt Planetarium Theater. The 71-seat planetarium theater, renovated and upgraded in 2008, offers a fully digital simulation of the sky.

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Conservation in Action

The Virginia Living Museum is a certified Virginia Green attraction committed to minimizing its environmental impacts by preventing pollution wherever feasible in its operations.

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May 26th    
All Day
This summer, let your imagination run wild as you uncover the wonders of the natural world right in your own backyard! Explore interactive displays and [...]
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May 27th    
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This summer, let your imagination run wild as you uncover the wonders of the natural world right in your own backyard! Explore interactive displays and [...]
27 May
May 27th    
All Day
Cost: Members free, non-members $6 per show.
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May 28th    
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May 29th    
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This summer, let your imagination run wild as you uncover the wonders of the natural world right in your own backyard! Explore interactive displays and [...]
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May 30th    
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This summer, let your imagination run wild as you uncover the wonders of the natural world right in your own backyard! Explore interactive displays and [...]
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May 31st    
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June 1st    
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June 2nd    
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June 3rd    
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June 4th    
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This summer, let your imagination run wild as you uncover the wonders of the natural world right in your own backyard! Explore interactive displays and [...]
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June 5th    
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June 6th    
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June 7th    
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June 8th    
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This summer, let your imagination run wild as you uncover the wonders of the natural world right in your own backyard! Explore interactive displays and [...]
08 Jun
June 8th    
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Join the Virginia Living Museum to celebrate World Ocean Day and Clean the Bay Day! Make a splash by taking a pledge to prevent waterway [...]
08 Jun
June 8th    
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cost: Members $5, non-members $8 per show. Warning: Please be advised that laser shows contain bright, sometimes flashing lights and loud music. This experience is [...]
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June 9th    
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June 10th    
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June 12th    
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This summer, let your imagination run wild as you uncover the wonders of the natural world right in your own backyard! Explore interactive displays and [...]
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June 13th    
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This summer, let your imagination run wild as you uncover the wonders of the natural world right in your own backyard! Explore interactive displays and [...]
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June 15th    
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June 15th    
12:00 am - 3:30 pm
Explore the shores and water of the Chesapeake Bay as you collect water quality data and learn about the role of different living and nonliving factors in the ecology of the Bay. [su_button url="https://thevlm.org/education/family-safaris/" target="blank" background="#008c7e" size="3"]More Info[/su_button] [su_button url="https://2398.blackbaudhosting.com/2398/Beach-to-Bay-Safari" target="blank" background="#008c7e" size="3"]Beach to Bay Safari Registration[/su_button]
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June 16th    
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June 19th    
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June 20th    
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This summer, let your imagination run wild as you uncover the wonders of the natural world right in your own backyard! Explore interactive displays and [...]
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June 20th    
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Speaker: Eric ‘Mubita’ Sheppard | Founder & President, Mubita, LLC The Moses Grandy slave narrative entitled “The Life of Moses Grandy; Late a Slave in [...]
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June 21st    
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This summer, let your imagination run wild as you uncover the wonders of the natural world right in your own backyard! Explore interactive displays and [...]
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June 21st    
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Time: 6-8:30pm Cost: $12.00 per member, $15.00 per non-member, children ages 2 & under are free. Join us for dino-sized family fun! Kids aged 3+ [...]
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June 22nd    
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June 23rd    
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June 23rd    
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Join us as we explore the natural resources of Virginia's waterways and their role in freedom with interactive exhibits and activities. From a resource guide [...]
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June 24th    
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June 25th    
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June 26th    
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This summer, let your imagination run wild as you uncover the wonders of the natural world right in your own backyard! Explore interactive displays and [...]
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June 27th    
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This summer, let your imagination run wild as you uncover the wonders of the natural world right in your own backyard! Explore interactive displays and [...]
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June 28th    
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This summer, let your imagination run wild as you uncover the wonders of the natural world right in your own backyard! Explore interactive displays and [...]
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June 29th    
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This summer, let your imagination run wild as you uncover the wonders of the natural world right in your own backyard! Explore interactive displays and [...]
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June 29th    
8:30 am - 11:00 am
The Virginia Living Museum Education and Herpetology staff began a multi-year research project to monitor the population changes of freshwater turtles in a local watershed [...]
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June 30th    
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July 1st    
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July 2nd    
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This summer, let your imagination run wild as you uncover the wonders of the natural world right in your own backyard! Explore interactive displays and [...]
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July 3rd    
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This summer, let your imagination run wild as you uncover the wonders of the natural world right in your own backyard! Explore interactive displays and [...]
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July 4th    
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This summer, let your imagination run wild as you uncover the wonders of the natural world right in your own backyard! Explore interactive displays and [...]
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July 4th    
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cost: Members $5, non-members $8 per show. Please purchase tickets in advance. This show is likely to sell out. Join us in the Abbitt Planetarium [...]
Wild Exploration
July 5th    
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July 6th    
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This summer, let your imagination run wild as you uncover the wonders of the natural world right in your own backyard! Explore interactive displays and [...]
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